Uncover Nanaimo’s layers.

It’s the many options from sea to sky that attract visitors to Nanaimo, where pedals push you over trails and the soles of your boots take you down to the base of rainforest waterfalls. And yet all will find the stillness to rejuvenate when kicking back on the beach to watch the ferry dock, or enjoying a cold handmade beverage at one of 4 craft breweries.

When you’re ready to feel the ocean air, set sail from Nanaimo’s harbour—one of Vancouver Island’s most industrious and beautiful ports—on a catamaran, fishing boat or hovercraft. It’s just one of the ways to catch a glimpse of Nanaimo’s locals—the wildlife of British Columbia who call the Salish Sea home. Get up close and personal with the harbour seals when you dive off Snake Island with a knowledgeable guide.

Top 10 Things to Do

Our ten classic must-dos while visiting Nanaimo: think biting into our signature treat or sailing down our single-track!

Plan Your Trip

Our curated itineraries will kick start your vacation planning.

Nanaimo Stories

Meet our locals & hear their stories.

What to Do

The Terminal Bar
Yonder Wood Country Store
Descanso Bay Regional Park
Nori Sushi
Craft Fare
Cayo Fashions
Waterfront Suites & Marina
The Nest Bistro
JoVic Pottery
Bar Luna
The Bastion
The Buzz Coffee House
Burnt Honey Dessert Company
Island-ish
WurHere B&B
Cold Front Gelato
Vancouver Island Whale Watch – Nanaimo, BC
Lobelia’s Lair Metaphysical Treasures
St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse
Serious Coffee – North
Melange Restaurant
Nanaimo Museum
Thrills & Skills Cycling
Westwood Lake RV Camping & Cabins
Brechin Lanes and Escapism Escape Rooms
Kool & Child: Kool Toys & Teaching Tools!
Island Marine Adventures
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Nanaimo Noodlebox – Port Place
Fairwinds Golf Club
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Newfoundland to Nanaimo
Breakout Nanaimo
GERTIE – Gabriola’s Community Bus
Noodlebox Metral Station (North Nanaimo)
Dinghy Dock Pub
The Port Theatre
Milanos
New York Style Pizza & Pasta
West Coast Helicopters
Splitsville
Vancouver Island Expeditions
Nanaimo NightOwls Baseball Team
Carbonne Pizzeria
Poke Page 1 & 2
Van Isle Soap Works
Umai Sushi
Serious Coffee Commercial Street
Ramble On
Twofiveo Tour Company
McLean’s Specialty Foods
Miracle Mile Limousine and Sight Seeing Tours
Cabela’s
Mon Petit Choux
Robert’s Place
Nanaimo Fringe Festival
Nanaimo Yacht Club
Vancouver Island Symphony
Tandoori Junction
78 Wharf Street Gallery
Kitties & Cream 
Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant
Longwood Brewery
Millstone Estate Winery
COCO Cafe
Romper Room
The Shoppes at Gallery Row
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery
Kiyo Salon & Day Spa
Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours
Jumping Jiminy’s
Mrs. Riches Restaurant
Woodfire Grill
Kleijn Nurseries and Garden Centre
Protection Island Ferry
Eve Olive Vegan Restaurant
Lighthouse Bistro and Pub
White Sails Brewing
Snip and Stitch
Page’s Resort & Marina
Mahle House
Old City Quarter Association
Delicado’s – Downtown
City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation
EXIT Nanaimo
Cliffside Brewing
Cultured Coast
Arbutus Distillery
Wheatsheaf Pub & Liquor Store
WildPlay Element Parks
Gabriola Pilates
Saysutshun Island
Island Roots Farmers’ Market
Fredrich’s Honey Farm & Shop
The Pantry Restaurant
Sink or Swim Scuba
Delicados (North Nanaimo)
Modern Café
Stephen Cole Fine Art
Regional District of Nanaimo
The Jolda Gallery
Wolf Brewing Company
White Rabbit Coffee Co.
Lohmann Gallery
Westco Experiences
Zen Revolution Yoga & Spin
Black Rabbit Kitchen
Vancouver Island Military Museum
Sukkho Thai Restaurant
Gabriola Visitor Centre
Coastal Blue Adventures Ltd.
The Surf Restaurant & Pub
Flying Fish
Saysutshun Island (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park)
The Vault Cafe
BCeBike
Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe
Pure Spa
Gina’s Mexican Cafe
La Stella Trattoria
Columbia Bakery Ltd
Camas
Firehouse Grill
Morning Star Bison Ranch
Nanaimo Concert Band
NYLA Fresh Thread
Island Römer Adventures
Tracks Outdoor Adventures INC
Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge
Page Point Marina
Woodgrove Centre
Ride the Glide Segway Tours
The Skol Pub
Black Bear Pub
Old City Station Pub
Real Food
Ground Up Cafe and Catering
Sundown Diving
McNabs Corn Maze & Produce Farm
Vancouver Island Watersports
Top Notch Burgers
Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant
Canadian Craft Tours
Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre
Crow & Gate Pub
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Make Cheese with Paula
Wildwood – Ecoforestry Institute Society
Eaglequest Golf Centre
BarBurrito
Hub City Cycles
Wild Heart Adventures Sea Kayak Tours
Pizzeria La Stella
Piccadilly Bistro
Nanaimo Port Authority
Nanaimo North Town Centre
The Nanaimo BAR
Yellow Point Cranberries
Cedar Farmers’ Market
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Go Fish Charters
Ironworks Creperie
Chateau Wolff Estate Winery & Vineyard
Chemainus Theatre
Milton Street Public House
Airhouse Nanaimo
Bocca Café
Silva Bay Kayak Adventures
Artzi Stuff
Coastal Expression
The Bold Knight Restaurant
Tea Desire
Axe & Grind Nanaimo
Silver Blue Charters
Living Forest Oceanside RV & Campground
Serge & Sew
Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market
Troller’s Fish and Chips
Neck Point Röming Game – Island Römer Adventures
Simonholt Restaurant
Brud House
Drip Coffee Social
Bistro Taiyo
The Occidental (Oxy) Pub
Sunshine Coast Air
Invictus Charters
Cottonwood Golf Course
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo
Javawocky Coffee House
Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar
Asteras Greek Taverna
The Well Pub
ZALATHAI THAI RESTAURANT
Silva Bay Resort & Marina
My Undies
A Wee Cupcakery
Penny’s Palapa Floating Mexican Restaurant
Shelter Point Distillery
Newfoundland to Nanaimo Canadian Gift & Souvenir Store
Nanaimo Golf Club
The Queens
Mambo Gourmet Pizza
Bees Knees Community Café
View Oceanside Grill
Nana Sushi
Common Foundry
Smokin’ Georges BBQ
Gabriola Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre