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

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