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

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