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