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

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