Nanaimo The Harbour City

Our central and accessible location on Vancouver Island makes getting here easy. In driving distance, we are 90 minutes north of the capital city of Victoria. Explore the natural highlights and scenic beauty of our mountain and Oceanside setting. Our City has one of the most beautiful harbour fronts on the West Coast. A 5-km walkway winds along the shoreline with views over to Newcastle, Protection and Gabriola Islands. Have lunch on a floating pub, snorkel with seals, dive three artificial reefs and wrecks, take a tour by boat on a Nanaimo Harbour Ferry, catch crab off the pier or rent a kayak for the day. Nanaimo, it’s amazing what you can do here!

Nanaimo offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors.  From the protected picturesque harbour and outdoor adventures, to vibrant city amenities, Nanaimo offers countless options for visitors to enjoy!

The friendly downtown core of Nanaimo is full of life with fabulous restaurants, a vivacious arts scene, an 800 seat Performing Arts Theatre, three distinct shopping districts, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, the old city quarter shopping district, the 154 year old Hudson Bay Bastion and the new Nanaimo Museum.   Outdoor adventure abounds with hiking and cycling trails in an astounding number of parks and green spaces.  Fresh-water lakes and the Nanaimo River offer family friendly sandy beaches, warm swimming holes, and seasonal trout fishing.   Tee up for fantastic golf year-round with 19 renowned courses within an easy hour’s drive of Nanaimo offering a mix of beautiful ocean views, challenging terrain and manicured greens.  For those who seek an adrenaline thrills, be sure to include a visit to Wildplay – an aerial obstacle course of swings and zip lines suspended up to 50 feet off the ground in a forest of Douglas firs – and the King Swing and Bungy Jump both offering a 140 free fall over the Nanaimo river!

Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation – 2012