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

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