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Nanaimo - Visitor GUide

Experiences • Accommodations • Things to do

Nanaimo located on a map of Vancouver Island

Planning Your Trip to Nanaimo

If you are seeking an adventure-soaked holiday or a tranquil escape, this guide is your key to unlocking all that Nanaimo has to offer, from serene landscapes to vibrant cityscapes. Prepare for a journey where every turn reveals a new surprise.

Nanaimo Accommodations

Discover the best options for Hotels and Vacation Rentals in Nanaimo.

From luxury to budget-friendly, Nanaimo’s hotels cater to all, offering exceptional service and convenient locations. Or immerse yourself in the local way of life with a vacation rental, perfect for those seeking a home-away-from-home experience.


In Nanaimo, uncover the city’s rich history and vibrant culture through engaging guided tours, experience the awe of whale watching in their natural habitat, and seek thrills by spelunking in the area’s unique cave systems, all crafting a story of adventure and discovery.

Things to do in Nanaimo

If you are looking for things to do, including the best hikes and beaches around Nanaimo, you’re in luck. The region is filled with the best Canada has to offer. 


Getting to Nanaimo is a breeze, with various transportation options to suit your travel style.

  1. Ferry: Embark on a scenic journey across the waters with BC Ferries. Enjoy breathtaking views and spot some local wildlife! 
  2. Airport: Nanaimo Airport (YCD) connects you to the rest of Canada and beyond, offering a convenient start or end to your island adventure.
  3. City Bus: BCTransit is efficient and affordable, the city bus service is a great way to navigate through the city and soak in the local atmosphere.