You’ll need to nourish well for a full day hiking and exploring. Try one of these downtown restaurants.
Gabriel’s Cafe – Farm fresh food to fuel you.
Mon Petit Choux – Wholesome and simple ingredients combine for delicious food first thing.
Head out on the water for a short ferry ride to Newcastle Island, Saysutshun, traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Take a hike around the island, and stop for a swim. This Provincial Park is accessible only by water and you’ll feel like you are in your own paradise.
Stay for lunch at the Saysutshun Bistro, where you can enjoy traditional First Nation food including smoked salmon, mussels and bannock. The seafood chowder is delicious!
Take the ferry back to Nanaimo’s harbour and enjoy a stroll along the water. Stop at Maffeo Sutton Park and take in the public art exhibits. Walk along the sea wall and stop in for a sightseeing tour with a float plane operator. You’ll see Nanaimo from new heights!
You’ll be tired after a day of walking and exploring. Enjoy dinner in the Harbour.
Lighthouse Bistro & Pub – Treat yourself to a cocktail and delicious seafood from your table in the heart of the harbour. Watch boats dock for the evening.
Penny’s Palapa – Whether taking out from the taco window (and strolling along the harbour) or sitting in, Penny’s Palapas has fresh Mexican cuisine. May we suggest the ice-tea.
Both of these are ocean side at the Marina.
Take a self-guided tour of Nanaimo’s historic buildings, taking in the architecture of this once coal-mining town and harbour city. Stop at The Bastion, the last remaining Hudson’s Bay Company bastion in North America.
Fuel up for another day of outdoor adventure finding yourself in our woods. Head to North Nanaimo, stopping for breakfast along the way.
Buzz Coffee House – Start your day at Buzz Coffee House with a baffled egg sandwich, pulled pork eggs benny or one of several gluten-free options. Healthy smoothies are also popular here.
Ricky’s All Day Grill – Enjoy bacon, eggs, pancakes and more at this affordable and delicious diner.
Head to Neck Point Park and experience the essence of Nanaimo – stunning imagery and outdoor adventure as you walk along the shoreline, over rugged rocks and pebble bay beachs and through the winding trails of Gary Oak groves. Bring your camera, this is a photographer’s delight.
Simonholt Restaurant – Choose from two patios or a rooftop deck with mountain and ocean views in this northside restaurant serving West Coast cuisine and wine pairings.
Longwood Brew Pub – Craving a burger and brew after all that walking? Settle onto the outdoor patio or inside this bustling restaurant that brews its own beer and makes delicious food for all tastes.
Head to Westwood Lake and enjoy a hike. An easier path takes you adjacent to the water or try one of the more challenging trails if you are feeling up for it.
A day of hiking and exploring deserves a relaxing evening and that starts with delicious food. Head to the Old City Quarter downtown Nanaimo.
Asteras Greek Taverna – Enjoy delicious greek food and beverages in the heart of the Old City Quarter.
La Stella Trattoria – Wood-fire pizza and delicious handmade pasta, it doesn’t get much better than this.
The Queen’s Hotel invites you to experience live music and beer, wine or the cocktail of your choice. Enjoy Nanaimo’s night scene.