Arts & Culture

Nanaimo & Regions Arts & Culture Scene

Nanaimo has recently undergone a cultural transformation. The thriving Nanaimo arts scene has truly come into its own, attracting art lovers and artists alike. Artists stay here because it is beautiful and un-crowded, and the lively up-front culture in Nanaimo affords a comfortable setting for expression. The city's large university population also helps keep things creative, with regular live theatre, music, and visual arts events happening on and off campus throughout the year. In downtown Nanaimo, affordable rent has enabled artists and musicians to gain a foothold where retail and financial operations might otherwise dominate the space. Here, a wide variety of art galleries and music venues share the street with bookstores, hip cafes, and fine boutiques.

Gabriola Island is home to the largest number of artists per capita! A short 20 minute ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo, Gabriola is a wonderful place to explore.

Gabriola Arts Council is a great resource for planning tour of the artisans on Gabriola Island.

Nanaimo & Region Art Galleries

There are several downtown Nanaimo art galleries in all, including a renovated heritage building that provides an inspirational 10,000 square feet of space to display the paintings, pottery, glass sculptures and other extraordinary works of many Canadian artists. Within the Region, you'll also find quaint home studios and even a few studio tours in which you can self-guide your way through the arts!


Fredrich's Honey

Fredrich's Honey has been producing honey, pollen & propolis on Vancouver Island since 1966. Theo Sr. started the farm with his brother Erwin. Now Th...

Hazelwood Herb Farm

Enjoy herb gardens, plant nursery and boutique offering distinctive culinary, bath and body products.

Old City Quarter Association

Shop, dine and relax in Nanaimo’s historic Old City Quarter featuring a mix of unique retail shops, restaurants and services. Here the pace of life...

Artzi Stuff

A gallery/shop selling locally hand made work by over 60 artists including owner Tanya Streeter. We sell silk scarves, hand printed Ts, prints, painti...

Cable Bay Studio

It's the beach at Cable Bay Studio this summer! Hand made items for wearing or decorating with a west coast flair.

Chemainus Theatre

The Chemainus Theatre Festival is a vibrant, established and fully professional theatre. We feature some of the finest performers and performances in...

Honeysuckle Gift Cottage

Set in English gardens. We make vintage styled jewelry, scarves, stained glass & more. Also bat, bee & bird houses

JoVic Pottery

Gorgeous award-winning quality stoneware and functional pottery by master potters Jo and Vic Duffhues of Ladysmith, BC. Come visit us!

Lohmann Gallery

Original Paintings and painted Furniture and Gifts in an original style by award winning artist Claudia Lohm

Monika's Quilt & Craft Shop

Quilts of different sizes, quilted items, doll quilts, clothes, miniature room boxes and more!

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Nanaimo Art Gallery inspires and challenges our community through art. Exhibitions are excellent, relevant and are extended through dynamic programs....

Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market

The Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market is one of the youngest markets on the island, being only in it's eleventh year. From a beginning of only a few ve...

The Jolda Gallery

Featuring the work of Glass Artist Ted Jolda, Jewelry by Emily Ferris, Mixed Media by Carolyn Lutz & more.

The Shoppes at Gallery Row

A delight for tourists and local art enthusiasts, “Gallery Row” has been an attraction since the year 2000. An outdoor venue where local artists'...

Van Isle Soaps

A little home-grown Island based soap company that started in a small kitchen. 100% natural & organic.

Yellow Point Alpacas

Experience a natural elegance with the luxury of fine yarn & Alpaca garments & take home a little bit of heaven.

Yonder Wood Studio

We make great things! Elegant to rustic, designs in small wood products, furniture & jewelry.

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