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

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