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

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