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

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