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

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