Bake our legendary Nanaimo Bars in the comfort of your own kitchen! In 1985, Nanaimo Mayor Graeme Roberts held a contest to find the definitive Nanaimo Bar recipe. Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe took top spot and is now Nanaimo’s “Official” Nanaimo Bar Recipe! Nanaimo Bar image by Sean Fenzl The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe by Joyce Hardcastle Bottom layer ½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured) ¼ cup sugar 5 tbsp. cocoa 1 egg beaten 1 ¾ cups graham wafer crumbs ½ cup finely chopped almonds 1 cup coconut Melt first three ingredients in top of a double boiler. Add egg […]
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Nature’s Art: Gabriola Island’s Malaspina Galleries
Exploring the Isle of the Arts Written by Chris Istace, Guest Blogger A weekend spent in Nanaimo provides countless recreational opportunities from harbour walks to hiking up nearby mountains. But did you know that it is also home to the BC Ferries terminal that takes you across the 5kms to the charming and beautiful Gulf Island of Gabriola? I recently had the opportunity to make my first visit to Gabriola Island when Tourism Nanaimo held one of their fabulous Instameets bringing outdoor enthusiast and photographers together to experience the island. Your trip begins in the Nanaimo Harbour where […]
Tackling the Trail. One bite at a time.
Hey Everyone! TN Staffer Emily here. Before I set off on my own European adventure, I decided to adventure a bit in my own backyard and #ExploreNanaimo one last time before I leave this beautiful place for a whole month. When trying to decide what to do, the possibilities were endless. Especially because it was such a gorgeous day. After much thought and consulting one of my best friends, I decided to check out a couple of the newest stops on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. In total there are 10 NEW STOPS which include: Wolf Brewing Company The Nanaimo Bar […]
Making Mint Nanaimo Bars
I love to bake. I bake when I’m happy, I bake when I’m upset but my favourite time spent around the mixer is with my girls and grandma. I do have to admit something, although I’m embarrassed to say this, I had never made Nanaimo Bars myself. I created the Nanaimo Bar Trail a few years ago and eat Nanaimo bars weekly when sharing it with writers or visitors to this fantastic city of ours, but I had never actually made my own! I invited my grandma to join us because she makes fantastic Nanaimo Bars every Christmas and I wanted […]
Five Foodie Activities for Rainy Nanaimo Days
Five Rainy Day Culinary Experiences Don’t get me wrong, I love throwing on boots and a rain jacket and stomping through puddles, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house for some rainy day adventures that satisfy without getting soaked. So, if you are looking for a few ideas on what to do on a rainy Nanaimo day, I compiled a DELICIOUS little idea list for you. Enjoy and #ExploreNanaimo’s culinary scene! 1. Pick up a copy of the Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure and check off a few favourites. Most of them are indoors and they pair nicely with coffee to […]
A Taste of the Nanaimo Bar Trail, Part III!
We are out on the trail again, the Nanaimo Bar trail that is. And we are here to tell you about some of the amazing sweet treats that you can discover on the trail in Nanaimo. This week our adventure takes us to some truly unique Nanaimo locations to try some truly unique creations. From the Nanaimo Bar Spring roll, to a sweet drink, a traditional bar, and to a raw Nanaimo Bar. The new Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure is out and you can pick it up at any of the locations on the trail or the Nanaimo Visitor Centre. Or […]
A Taste of the Nanaimo Bar Trail with Sarah & Sean!
Chocolate-y, crumbly base; creamy, sweet filling; deliciously solid milk chocolate coating… The Nanaimo Bar is a world-famous sweet treat enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. In fact, the Nanaimo Bar is so popular, that we have a guide known as the Nanaimo Bar Trail to help you find the tastiest Nanaimo Bars around town! You won’t just find the delicious traditional bar on here – we’ve included twists on the classic including chocolates, cocktails, and… bacon?! Over the course of the next few months, we have decided to make it our mission to visit every location on the Nanaimo Bar […]