Nanaimo Travel Guide
Welcome to Nanaimo!
Located on Vancouver Island, 111 km (69 mi) north of Victoria, Nanaimo, British Columbia, has become another popular destination for those leaving the mainland. This former mining community has been transformed into an all-purpose destination, offering a mixture of natural attractions, recreational opportunities and historical significance. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and a seasonal rain forest, this area offers dozens of outdoor activities. Kayakers can often be spotted paddling throughout Nanaimo's protected harbour. Visitors also flock to the area every fall to witness one of nature's most compelling struggles—the annual salmon run. The secluded nature of the area allows for exceptional opportunities to view a variety of wildlife. Reward yourself after a day of adventure with a pint at Canada's only floating pub, Dinghy Dock Floating Marine Pub. Nanaimo is also home to a major BC Ferries terminal linking Nanaimo and Vancouver, located at Duke Point. Visit the travel guides for Victoria, Tofino and Salt Spring Island for information about visitor destinations near Nanaimo.
Visitors of the Nanaimo District Museum are invited to learn about Nanaimo's fascinating past through the eyes of its first residents up to its modern-day inhabitants.
Hotels & Motels
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, this Ramada is just minutes from North America's first legal bungee jumping bridge and Canada's only floating pub.
Join award winning photographer Peter Llewellyn for a wildlife and nature photography workshop or field trips on Vancouver Island and worldwide.
Current & Upcoming Events [ View All ]
Looking for something to do in Nanaimo? Check out these current and upcoming events. If you know of an event that is not listed in the travel guide, please feel free to add an event listing (it's free).
- Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival
Jul 08 to Jul 10 » Maffeo-Sutton/Swy-a-Lana Lagoon Park
- Silly Boat Regatta
Jul 17 » Maffeo-Sutton/Swy-a-Lana Lagoon Park
- Nanaimo Marine Festival
Jul 21 to Jul 24 » Maffeo-Sutton/Swy-a-Lana Lagoon Park
- The Great Bathtub Race
Jul 21 to Jul 26 » Nanaimo
- Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Dance Intensive Summer Camp
Aug 07 to Aug 20 » Nanaimo