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

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