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Newcomers and travellers who’ve not been here in a while are equally delighted at the remarkable urban revival this historic city–the third oldest in B.C.–had undergone in the last decade. Get to know it intimately on self-guided walking tours through downtown streets lined with heritage storefronts, bars, art galleries, and boutiques. Stop in at a museum to explore ancient Coast Salish traditions, Canadian military history, or a replica 19th-century coal mine. Pick up ice cream and stroll the Harbour Walkway while watching floatplanes come and go. Take in a show at the Port Theatre or catch a free concert in the park. Picnic on nearby Newcastle Island, or participate in numerous festivals. Those who love to meet local artisans are welcome on Gabriola Island, just a short ferry ride across the water. As for the city’s ultimate sweet spot, pick up a copy of the Nanaimo Bar Trail map from any info centre to discover bakeries, cafes, spas, bars, and shops offering their own creative spin on the city’s namesake treat.

Visit Tourism Nanaimo’s website to learn more.

Nanaimo Stakeholders

Island Romer Adventures
Best Western Dorchester Hotel
Harbour Air
Nanaimo Museum
Inn on Long Lake
Longwood Brewery
The Port Theatre
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo
Buccaneer Inn
Treewind Studio
Days Inn by Wyndham Nanaimo
Pirate Chips
Travel For All
Value Lodge Motel