Nanaimo and area is full of breathtaking sights that the locals are very proud of.  Full of rich history, the beaches, the Nanaimo River, The Bastion, and Mount Benson are just a few of the many sights Nanaimo has to offer.

Group of friends enjoying drinks on an outdoor patio

The Bastion

Visit Nanaimo’s oldest building, and the only original wooden bastion in North America. The Bastion was constructed in 1853 using traditional the construction techniques of the time. While the timbers in the Bastion are original, the interior has undergone several reconstructions over the past few years. The interior showcases the history of Nanaimo as an early mining post for the Hudson’s Bay company and beyond. The Bastion has survived multiple moves and renovations, but still stands as one of the most iconic symbols of Nanaimo. The Bastion is operated by the Nanaimo District Museum, and is open from the May Long Weekend to the Labour Day Long Weekend. The Bastion also features a daily cannon firing during the summer months, a must see and a great photo opportunity!

Saysutchun Island (Newcastle)

Located in the Nanaimo Harbor this 336 hectare park is only accessible by boat and is a must visit for any trip to Nanaimo! With over 22 kilometers of trails to hike, and beautiful beaches to swim at this park is a must see for any eco-tourism lover! In addition to being beautiful in nature, the island is rich in local history. You can search for the remains of a Coast Salish village, or explore the remains of a fish-salting operation, sandstone quarry and a shipyard. In 1931 the island was purchased by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company and operated it as a pleasure resort. The company built a dance pavilion, teahouse, picnic areas, change houses and a soccer field, with most of these buildings still standing today. Today, services and facilities at the park include: campsites, washrooms, a visitor’s centre, and a picnic area. For more information on Newcastle Island please visit their website.

Self Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are a great way to explore Nanaimo and it’s history. Self-guided tours are available thanks to the City of Nanaimo and feature a guides through 5 different neighbourhoods in the city. You can easily spend an hour or two or an afternoon exploring these neighbourhoods: Downtown, Harewood, Newcastle, Southend, and Nob Hill/Chinatown

Man golfing on green turf


There’s no end to the activities available in Nanaimo and the surrounding area. Whether you’re passion is outdoor adventure, shopping or the arts we’ve got you covered.

Casino Nanaimo

Featuring over 300 Slot Machines, Blackjack Roulette, Fortune Pai Gao, Poker.

Nanaimo Parks and Recreation

Ice Skating, Swimming, Craft Fairs and other community events. Various locations around Nanaimo

Romper Room Indoor Climbing Centre

With over 7,500 feet of climbing space there is something for every ability.

Nanaimo District Museum

Immerse yourself in Nanaimo’s history and learn about how our city was started and more!

Jumping Jiminy’s Playland

Featuring a large indoor playground, games and a café.

Sink or Swim Scuba

Explore the amazing diving that Nanaimo has to offer. Sink or Swim Scuba offers sales, service, training and rentals.

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!

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Featuring Local artists, gift shop, monthly exhibits, workshops and artist talks.

Nature trail

Parks & Trails

There is an abundance of beautiful parks here in Nanaimo. There is over 100 kilometers of trails, 65 playgrounds and 22 sports fields there is something for everyone!

Pipers Lagoon Park

Piper’s Lagoon Park is a piece of land loosely resembling a smoking pipe and is almost completely surrounded by water. Totaling 8 hectares (20 acres), the park has many look-out areas to enjoy sunsets over the water, sailing regattas or ocean wildlife. (3600 Place Road)

Bowen Park

A 90-acre park located near downtown Nanaimo. The park is full of walking trails that wander through this green space including, a decent waterfall, colourful gardens and more. The park also offers lawn bowling, golf and swimming.

Buttertubs Marsh

49 acres of natural wetlands and grasslands. The park’s 4.5 km of trails make it easy to view the numerous wildlife that make their home here. (1780 Jingle Pot Road)

Collery Dams Park

This 28-hectare (70-acre) park encompasses the Upper and Lower lakes with hiking trails throughout. The park has plenty of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, and various species of birds. (653 Wakesiah Ave)

Harbourfont Walk

A paved walk along Nanaimo’s Waterfront. The trail starts at Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and ends at Cameron Island, but you can pick up the trail at numerous points.

Morrell Nature Sanctuary

a network of trails that meander through a forest last logged in the 1920’s.

Linley Valley

is very dense forest and full of wildlife. It involves a small amount of hiking, suitable for most people, with well-established paths.(Accessed off of: Uplands Drive, Rutherford Road, Hammond Bay Road, Rock City Road, and Departure Bay Road.)

Neck Point Park

This 14.5 hectares (36-acre) and is surrounded by water on most sides, creating a lot of great beaches. The park is full of trails and includes a lot of picnic areas, parking and recreational areas. (1055 Morningside Drive)


The Inn on Long Lake is minutes away from three major shopping malls including the largest mall on Vancouver Island, Woodgrove Centre.  Not to mention, after a full day of shopping, you’ll want to check out some of the amazing restaurants.

women shopping at small clothing boutique

Bocca Café

Featuring traditional and speciality Nanaimo Bars!

Pumpkin Pie Kids Wear

A great spot to pick up something unique for kids!

Old City Quarter

Part of the original economic core of Nanaimo, be sure to check out these city blocks filled with historical buildings and a number of different shops, restaurants and professional services.

Quintessential Accessories

The unique boutique downtown! Featuring women’s fashions including clothing, handbags, jewelry, wallets, belts shoes and even specialty products for your dog!

Flying Fish

Featuring many unique products including fabulous furniture, kitchen wares, home décor, jewelry and much more.

Country Club Centre

Over 50 shops including JSK, Future Shop and Save on Foods

Woodgrove Centre

The largest mall in Nanaimo featuring Walmart, Toys R Us, The Bay and over 150 stores!

Nanaimo North Town Centre

Target, Sears, London Drugs, Canadian Tire and more!

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