Nanaimo’s outdoor playground is unparalleled. Located in the heart of Vancouver Island, this harbour city opens the door on 360 degrees of adventure: paddle the calm waters of the lakes in and around Nanaimo, then set your nautical compass for Newcastle Island (Saysutshun), traditional land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Stand tall after climbing 1,000 meters to the peak of Mount Benson, and feel the immensity of the full-circle view. The thrill-seeking travellers surmount heart-pounding challenges with adventure courses, bungee jumping and zip-lining through the tree-tops.

“I always encourage visitors to spend time on the trail to Mount Benson, the best place to see how Nanaimo sits in the world.”

— Fred Jeffery, Owner of Lucid Clothing Store

Outdoor Adventure Businesses

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Sunshine Coast Air
Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours
Silva Bay Kayak Adventures
McNabs Corn Maze & Produce Farm
Vancouver Island Watersports
Sink or Swim Scuba
West Coast Helicopters
Island Marine Adventures
Tracks Outdoor Adventures INC
Island Römer Adventures
WildPlay Element Parks
Vancouver Island Expeditions
Thrills & Skills Cycling
City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation
Silver Blue Charters
Hub City Cycles
Eaglequest Golf Centre
ATV Adventure
Morning Star Bison Ranch
Saysutshun Island (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park)
Wildwood – Ecoforestry Institute Society
Nanaimo Golf Club
Cottonwood Golf Course
Fairwinds Golf Club
Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre
Vancouver Island Whale Watch – Nanaimo, BC
Coastal Blue Adventures Ltd.
Invictus Charters
Wild Heart Adventures Sea Kayak Tours
Sundown Diving
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Nanaimo Port Authority
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre