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

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