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

Smokin’ Georges BBQ
Tracks Outdoor Adventures INC
Coach & Horses
The Skol Pub
NYLA Fresh Thread
Nanaimo Museum
Eaglequest Golf Centre
Perkins Coffee Co.
Tea Desire
The Nest Bistro
New York Style Pizza & Pasta
Lighthouse Bistro and Pub
Bees Knees Community Café
Poke Page 1
Breakout Nanaimo
Real Food
The Port Theatre
Janie’s Got a Bus
The Vault Cafe
Cottonwood Golf Course
Invictus Charters
Robert’s Place
Old City Quarter Association
Top Notch Burgers
Ramble On
Cold Front Gelato
Westwood Lake RV Camping & Cabins
Mrs. Riches Restaurant
Nanaimo Yacht Club
Island Römer Adventures
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Javawocky Coffee House
Cayo Fashions
The Bastion
Millstone Estate Winery
GERTIE – Gabriola’s Community Bus
Gabriola Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre
WildPlay Element Parks
Gabriola Visitor Centre
Stephen Cole Fine Art
Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market
Black Bear Pub
Wolf Brewing Company
Penny’s Palapa Floating Mexican Restaurant
McLean’s Specialty Foods
Coastal Expression
78 Wharf Street Gallery
Kleijn Nurseries and Garden Centre
Snip and Stitch
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nanaimo Noodlebox
Brechin Lanes and Escapism Escape Rooms
Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge
Vancouver Island Whale Watch – Nanaimo, BC
Artzi Stuff
Regional District of Nanaimo
Silver Blue Charters
Bistro Taiyo
Woodgrove Centre
Arbutus Distillery
Burnt Honey Dessert Company
JoVic Pottery
Fairwinds Golf Club
Nori Sushi
Nanaimo North Town Centre
Shelter Point Distillery
The Pantry Restaurant
Flying Fish
Newfoundland to Nanaimo Canadian Gift & Souvenir Store
Nanaimo Port Authority
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo
White Rabbit Coffee Co.
Miracle Mile Limousine and Sight Seeing Tours
City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation
Protection Island Ferry
The Bold Knight Restaurant
The Nanaimo BAR
Columbia Bakery Ltd
View Oceanside Grill
Eve Olive Vegan Restaurant
Modern Café
Van Isle Soap Works
Thrills & Skills Cycling
Yellow Point Cranberries
Jumping Jiminy’s
Longwood Brewery
The Buzz Coffee House
Serious Coffee Commercial Street
Sink or Swim Scuba
Gallery Merrick
The Oxy Pub
Sundown Diving
The Kitchen 2.0
Axe & Grind Nanaimo
Gabriola Pilates
Westco Experiences
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Yonder Wood Country Store
The Jolda Gallery
Serge & Sew
Waterfront Suites & Marina
Kool & Child: Kool Toys & Teaching Tools!
Wild Heart Adventures Sea Kayak Tours
Silva Bay Kayak Adventures
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery
Piccadilly Bistro
La Stella Trattoria
Chemainus Theatre
Canadian Craft Tours
Kitties & Cream 
Serious Coffee – North
Tandoori Junction
Island Roots Farmers’ Market
Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre
Dinghy Dock Pub
Saysutshun (Newcastle) Island
Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours
Page Point Marina
Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
Pure Spa
Wheatsheaf Pub & Liquor Store
Chateau Wolff Estate Winery & Vineyard
Descanso Bay Regional Park
Firehouse Grill
Morning Star Bison Ranch
Vancouver Island Expeditions
The Surf Restaurant & Pub
Ride the Glide Segway Tours
Twofiveo Tour Company
Umai Sushi
Woodfire Grill
Neck Point Röming Game – Island Römer Adventures
Days Inn Nanaimo Harbourview
Island Marine Adventures
Wildwood – Ecoforestry Institute Society
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Go Fish Charters
Fredrich’s Honey Farm & Shop
Cedar Farmers’ Market
McNabs Corn Maze & Produce Farm
Milton Street Public House
Craft Fare
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Common Foundry
Nana Sushi
Cultured Coast
Silva Bay Resort & Marina
My Undies
Nanaimo Fringe Festival
Page’s Resort & Marina
Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant
Simonholt Restaurant
Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar
Vancouver Island Military Museum
Pirate Chips
Hub City Cycles
Living Forest Oceanside RV & Campground
St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse
White Sails Brewing
Mon Petit Choux
Vancouver Island Symphony
Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant
The Shoppes at Gallery Row
Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe
Gina’s Mexican Cafe
Lohmann Gallery
EXIT Nanaimo
Stir Cooking School
Coastal Blue Adventures Ltd.
Delicado’s – Downtown
Cliffside Brewing
Sunshine Coast Air
Crow & Gate Pub
Drip Coffee Social
Make Cheese with Paula
A Wee Cupcakery
Mahle House
WurHere B&B
Romper Room
Mambo Gourmet Pizza
West Coast Helicopters
Asteras Greek Taverna
Melange Restaurant
Bocca Café
Lobelia’s Lair Metaphysical Treasures
Newfoundland to Nanaimo
Kiyo Salon & Day Spa
Cheers Cowichan Tours and Transport