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Long exposure photo of a Stocking Creek Waterfall waterfall with ferns and lots of greenery.
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Discover the charm of Stocking Creek Waterfall in just 30 to 60 minutes! All you need to know from scenic trails to perfect p...
Goats on the roof in Coombs BC. The perfect quick stop when heading west from Nanaimo to Tofino.
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Coombs is a charming stop on your drive to Tofino and is well known for its iconic goats that live on the roof of the local g...
Looking out at Neck Point rock formation and land bridge during low tide
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Neck Point Park in Nanaimo: scenic trails and diverse wildlife. Perfect for family picnics, birdwatching, and stunning photog...
A first-person view of a hiker's feet standing on the edge of a narrow, deep crevice in the ground. Located at the Abyss in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The image shows one foot on slightly over the gap, which is lined with moss and contrasts with the rough, textured surface of the rock. The perspective emphasizes the depth and darkness of the crevice below.
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Experience The Abyss in Nanaimo, a captivating fracture in the earth's crust. Enjoy scenic vistas of Gabriola Island and Nana...
49th parallel
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Grab your camera and make your way to Ladysmith's Aggie Plaza for a photo opportunity on the 49th Parallel
Waterfalls outside of Parksville on Vancouver Island. Provincial Park worth visiting.
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Everything you need to know about Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. The waterfalls, accessible trail, parking camping ...
Couple walking on one of the best beaches in Nanaimo
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Visit this lovely beach during low tide to get the most out of the soft sand and expansive area
Suspension bridge over The Englishman River with people standing on the rocks
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From Top Bridge Parks iconic suspension bridge to diverse outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and fishing.
Vancouver to Nanaimo Day Tour 1
Start at the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver and when in Nanaimo visit the popular Neck Point Park and Pipers Lagoon Park, and...
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Experience the majesty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast from the air with a 40-minute round-trip seaplane flight from Nanaimo.
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See whales and all manner of marine life on this whale-watching expedition. From Nanaimo, head out into the Salish Sea on a s...
An exciting adventure in the Salish Sea departing from Nanaimo, discovering the diverse wildlife that thrives in the area. Yo...

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Discovering Nanaimo: A Blend of Nature and History

Nanaimo, nestled on the east coast of Vancouver Island, is a hub of natural beauty and historical richness. Here’s a guide to exploring some of the best experiences the area has to offer.

Hiking Adventures Nanaimo’s trails are a hiker’s paradise, ranging from serene forest walks to challenging mountain treks. They lead you through diverse landscapes, offering spectacular views of the coastline, dense forests, and vibrant wildlife.

Chasing Waterfalls The area around Nanaimo is dotted with stunning waterfalls. These natural wonders, hidden within lush forests, provide a refreshing escape and a perfect backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Beach Escapes Nanaimo’s beaches are a blend of sandy shores and rocky coastlines, ideal for a day of relaxation or exploration. They offer a serene atmosphere where you can unwind, swim, or even try your hand at beachcombing.

Step into History The area is steeped in history, evident in its historic buildings and sites. These locations tell the story of Vancouver Island’s past, from its indigenous heritage to its coal mining days. Exploring these sites is like walking through a live museum, offering a glimpse into the city’s evolution over the years.