Diverse and Proud

Exploring Nanaimo’s Vibrant 2SLGBTQ+ Scene

Welcome to Nanaimo—a city where authenticity and acceptance are not just words, but a way of life. Whether you’re a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community or an ally seeking connection, you’ll find a place to celebrate yourself. Nanaimo Pride Week is a burst of colour, music, and love every June, but our city doesn’t stop celebrating there. Locally owned businesses, cozy cafes, and inclusive spaces welcome everyone. The local 2SLGBTQ+ community is vibrant and visible, with eclectic drag shows and social events year-round.

Explore Nanaimo’s indie retail scene for unique products and services crafted by passionate community members. Whether shopping for a gift or soaking up local culture, there’s something for you. Enjoy a latte at a cozy cafe, stroll across the rainbow crosswalks, or dance at inclusive live music venues. We’ve rolled out the rainbow welcome mat. So, pack your bags, grab your friends, and prepare for an adventure you’ll never forget. Nanaimo is waiting for you!

Attendee jumping with pride in downtown Nanaimo | Tourism Nanaimo

Nanaimo PRIDE Week

Nanaimo Pride Week, hosted by the Nanaimo Pride Society, brings together our diverse community in a spirit of love, acceptance, and solidarity. Throughout the week, a series of events and activities showcase the resilience and vibrancy of our 2SLGBTQIA+ community. From the flag-raising ceremony to the Pride parade and festival that marks the end of the festivities, Pride Week is a time to honour our history, celebrate the community’s achievements, and reaffirm our commitment to inclusion.


Our map is designed to help folks find gender-inclusive facilities in Nanaimo. While we’re just getting started, your feedback and contributions will help expand this vital resource, so email us to edit or add a location.

2024 Nanaimo
2SLGBTQIA+ Experience Survey

Calling all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community living in or visiting Nanaimo this year! Your input is crucial in guiding our efforts to foster a more welcoming and inclusive city. Take the survey now to ensure your voice shapes our shared vision of a vibrant and inclusive community.

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