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

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