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

Sukkho Thai Restaurant
Romper Room
Raven Point Inn and Marina (previously Page Point)
JoVic Pottery
Silver Blue Charters
The Jolda Gallery
Pure Spa
Tea Desire
Umai Sushi
Tracks Outdoor Adventures INC
Misty Pines Cafe and Bakery
Kitties & Cream 
St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse
Nori Sushi
Dinghy Dock Pub
White Sails Brewing
Miracle Mile Limousine and Sight Seeing Tours
Millstone Estate Winery
The Terminal Bar
Gabriola Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre
The Surf Restaurant & Pub
Nanaimo Arts Council
The Queens
Vancouver Island Expeditions
Living Forest Oceanside RV & Campground
Snip & Stitch
Ironworks Creperie
Longwood Brewery
Nanaimo Port Authority
Old City Station Pub
Descanso Bay Regional Park
Troller’s Fish and Chips
Bocca Café
Mambo Gourmet Pizza
Asteras Greek Taverna
NYLA Fresh Thread
ATV Adventure
Island Marine Adventures
Gabriola Visitor Centre
Saysutshun Island (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park)
Invictus Charters
Mahle House
Woodfire Grill
Fairwinds Golf Club
Sundown Diving
Coastal Blue Adventures Ltd.
Melange Restaurant
EXIT Nanaimo
Protection Island Ferry
Cottonwood Golf Course
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Island Roots Farmers’ Market
Firehouse Grill
Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours
Cultured Coast
Nanaimo Noodlebox – Port Place
Westwood Lake RV Camping & Cabins
Breakout Nanaimo
A Wee Cupcakery
Stephen Cole Fine Art
Nanaimo Golf Club
Wildwood – Ecoforestry Institute Society
The Well Pub
Delicados (North Nanaimo)
Make Cheese with Paula
Bees Knees Community Café
Black Bear Pub
Off The Hook – Surf, Turf, Smokery
Drip Coffee Social
Thrills & Skills Cycling
McNabs Corn Maze & Produce Farm
Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant
Gina’s Mexican Cafe
The Skol Pub
Lighthouse Bistro and Pub
Kleijn Nurseries and Garden Centre
Red’s Bakery
WildPlay Element Parks
La Isla Cafe
Nanaimo North Town Centre
Vancouver Island Whale Watch – Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo NightOwls Baseball Team
Arbutus Distillery
Le Brunch Cafe
Canadian Craft Tours
The Bastion
Javawocky Coffee House
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Burnt Honey Dessert Company
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Serious Coffee Commercial Street
Serious Coffee – North
Columbia Bakery Ltd
Crow & Gate Pub
Artzi Stuff
Fredrich’s Honey Farm & Shop
Airhouse Nanaimo
My Undies
Morning Star Bison Ranch
Aura Arcana
Kiyo Salon & Day Spa
City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation
Vancouver Island Symphony
Waterfront Suites & Marina
Cedar Farmers’ Market
Page’s Resort & Marina
Coastal Expression – 2023
Noodlebox Metral Station (North Nanaimo)
Lohmann Gallery
Nanaimo Concert Band
Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe
Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar
Newfoundland to Nanaimo Canadian Gifts and Souvenirs
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery
Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre
The Pantry Restaurant
Nanaimo Fringe Festival
Nanaimo Museum
The Bold Knight Restaurant
Poke Page 1 & 2
Regional District of Nanaimo
Top Notch Burgers
The Vault Cafe
Brechin Lanes and Escapism Escape Rooms
Cayo Fashions
Delicado’s – Downtown
Silva Bay Kayak Adventures
Sink or Swim Scuba
Gabriola Pilates
Nana Sushi
Pizzeria La Stella
Mrs. Riches Restaurant
Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge
Hub City Cycles
Tandoori Junction
Serge & Sew
Eve Olive Vegan Restaurant
The Nest Bistro
Chateau Wolff Estate Winery & Vineyard
Vancouver Island Military Museum
Black Rabbit Kitchen
Carbonne Pizzeria
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
The Modern
Hoxton Home
Ground Up Cafe and Catering
Real Food
Bistro Taiyo
Jumping Jiminy’s
Island Time Axe Throwing
View Oceanside Grill
White Rabbit Coffee Co.
Eaglequest Golf Centre
La Stella Trattoria
The Port Theatre
Mon Petit Choux
Craft Fare
WurHere B&B
Penny’s Palapa Floating Mexican Restaurant
Wolf Brewing Company
Go Fish Charters
Old City Quarter Association
West Coast Helicopters
Milton Street Public House
GERTIE – Gabriola’s Community Bus
Common Foundry
Zen Revolution Yoga & Spin
Silva Bay Resort & Marina
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo
Yonder Wood Country Store
Wild Heart Adventures Sea Kayak Tours
Cold Front Gelato
Nanaimo Yacht Club
The Occidental (Oxy) Pub
Smokin’ Georges BBQ
Vancouver Island Watersports
Yellow Point Cranberries
SIP Neighbourhood Pub
Sunshine Coast Air
Simonholt Restaurant
The Nanaimo BAR
Island Römer Adventures
Strong Nations
Wheatsheaf Pub & Liquor Store
Flying Fish
The Plate
Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant
Woodgrove Centre
Bar Luna
McLean’s Specialty Foods