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