Nanaimo has no shortage of events and activities to keep you, and your family entertained all year round. From parks, art galleries, golfing, scuba diving, kayaking, there is no shortage of things to keep you busy!
Here are some great places to see some local art, and maybe pick up something to bring home!
Barton & Leier Gallery
3140 DeCourcy Drive – Cedar
A garden and gallery full of original paintings by Nixie Barton and Grant Leier. This gallery is open April 1st through November 30th, Thursday-Sunday, and features a unique gift shop. Call for hours.
Hill’s Native Art
76 Bastion Street – Downtown Nanaimo
One of North America’s largest collection of Northwest Coast First Nations artwork. Featuring native jewelry, masks, Cowichan sweaters, Inuit sculpture, totem poles, limited edition prints, and original paintings.
Nanaimo Art Gallery
150 Commercial Street – Downtown Nanaimo
Featuring Local artists, gift shop, monthly exhibits, workshops and artist talks.
Vancouver Island is a golfer’s paradise; you can golf 365 days a year here! Here are some of our favorite places to play:
Nanaimo Golf Club – 18 holes
2800 Highland Blvd
Beban Park Pitch & Putt Golf Course – 18 holes
2280 Bowen Road
Cottonwood Golf Course – 18 holes
1975 Haslam Road, Cassidy
Fairwinds Golf Club – 18 holes
3730 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay
Whether you prefer a climb through the treetops, a leisurely kayak paddle on the ocean, a quiet walk to do some bird watching, or exploring what is under our waters, we have no shortage of outdoor places to explore in Nanaimo!
Wildplay Element Parks
Climb through the treetops on their Aerial Adventure Course, or if you are feeling brave enough take a Zipline or Bungee Jump over the Nanaimo River!
35 Nanaimo River Road, Cassidy
Explore Nanaimo by water! Alberni Outpost offers kayaking tours, rentals and lessons!
1840 Stewart Avenue
Sink or Swim Scuba
Explore the amazing diving that Nanaimo has to offer. Sink or Swim Scuba offers sales, service, training and rentals.
2-4131 Mostar Road
For those days when the weather is not so nice, here are some ideas to keep you entertained (and dry!)
Jumping Jiminy’s Playland
Featuring a large indoor playground, games and a café.
400-2980 Rock City Road
Nanaimo District Museum
Immerse yourself in Nanaimo’s history and learn about how our city was started and more!
100 Museum Way
Romper Room Indoor Climbing Centre
With over 7,500 feet of climbing space there is something for every ability.
4385-B Boban Drive
Nanaimo Parks and Recreation
Ice Skating, Swimming, Craft Fairs and other community events.
Various locations around Nanaimo
Great Canadian Casino
Featuring over 300 Slot Machines, Blackjack Roulette, Fortune Pai Gao, Poker.
620 Terminal Avenue
Day Trips: Nanaimo boasts a wide variety of parks with walking trails and hikes for everyone from novice to expert. We’re also just a short boat ride away from the scenic strolls on Gabriola Island, Newcastle Island, and Protection Island (home to Canada’s only floating restaurant and pub, The Dinghy Dock). If you’re up for something really adventurous, WildPlay, located just south of town, has bungy-jumping, a zip line and other activities for the truly brave.
North of Nanaimo: Explore unique beachfront communities like Parksville, home of the Sandcastle Competition and Festival, and Qualicum Beach. Inland, visit the Coombs Country Market, home of the famous Goats on The Roof.
Theatre: The mid-Island area has a very active theatre community where you can find productions from Nanaimo Theatre Group, Western Edge Theatre, Schmooze Productions, Echo Players Village Theatre, Bard To Broadway, Chemainus Theatre Festival, and Ladysmith Little Theatre. Nanaimo itself hosts The Port Theatre which has events year-round including plays, concerts, dance performances, and more.
We encourage our guests to explore other areas of our beautiful island:
A short two and a half hour drive, one of the most scenic in the province, takes you to Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Here you’ll find world-class resorts, captivating natural beauty, and exciting wildlife viewing opportunities. While you’re on the West Coast, Spirit Eagle Shared Experiences can introduce you to the area’s First Nations culture with guided aboriginal eco-cultural tours.
Victoria, the “City of Gardens”, is the Provincial capital and the largest city on Vancouver Island. World famous for its year round flowers, Beacon Hill Park, and of course Butchart Gardens, Victoria is a region rich in history, culture and events, and it’s only an hour and half away! Explore the vibrant downtown and inner harbor with its famous street-side performers, catch a concert or visit the Royal BC Museum.