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

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