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

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