Category: Outdoor Adventure

The Authentic Nanaimo 360 Experience

August 15, 2017

When I’m travelling I want to experience everything the location has to offer by fully immersing myself in the history, culture, and day-to-day life of the locals. Just like anyone else, sometimes I forget to get in touch with the place I call home. But lucky for me, that place is Nanaimo. This city has everything anyone could wish for: lively marine ecosystem, diverse indigenous wildlife, and a trendy downtown urban sanctuary. When I feel like I’m losing touch with my hometown, I take advantage of the first opportunity I can to experience Nanaimo all over again. Day 1 Breakfast: […]

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A Free Spirit’s Guide to Nanaimo

August 8, 2017

Nanaimo’s locals are eager to take the plunge when it comes to new adventures, and we knew Heather from the Adventure 360 team would be interested in sharing what a free spirited two days in Nanaimo would look like. We asked her to share her ideal 48 hours in the Harbour City—her Nanaimo 360. Check out what Heather gets up to… I don’t know about you but when I travel I want it to be an adventure. I want to experience the best of wherever it is I’m visiting has to offer, from the region’s best cuisine to the best […]

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5 Things To Do While You’re Enjoying Longwoodstock

July 25, 2017

Craft beer. Music. Food. This trifecta of a perfect summer day sums up what you’ll find at Nanaimo’s Longwoodstock Festival. Longwoodstock, Aug. 11-12, is hosted by the Longwood Brewery, and features a danceable lineup of Canadian and international music acts. In its third year, it’s hooking in more people every year because of its cool location – inside the brewery and outside, in its backyard. During the festival, you’ll be kicking up your flip flops to the chill sounds of the Booms Booms and other acts, including the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Boomshack, who put the “fun” in funk. While […]

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@NoChanceNanc’s Nanaimo 360°

July 13, 2017

We asked a few of Nanaimo’s photographers to share their favourite places with us through an Instagram takeover, one of whom is Nancy Shields. She’s the force behind @NoChanceNanc on Instagram, and we’re thrilled to have her highlight five of her top places around town. Here’s what she included, if you’d like to see… Beach Estates Park Beach Estates Park is one of Nanaimo’s best kept secrets. Grab yourself a treat from the Tim Hortons across the street at Brooks Landing and enjoy this little gem. The park offers a lush forested area, including an incredible waterfall. If you walk […]

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Beach Estates Park, Nanaimo BC

Splash out with more seaworthy adventures during Nanaimo Bathtub Races festival

July 12, 2017

Nanaimo is a city that loves and thrives off water adventures of all kinds. And since you’re here to celebrate the wet and wild Bathtub Races in July, stay around for some flotational fun of your own. In between your ocean adventures, the city has a month’s worth of land-loving events dedicated to the races, now in its 51st year. Take in concerts at Maffeo Sutton Park, a street fair, beer gardens, food festival, fireworks and a parade. Here are more than a few ways to splash out while you’re in what is also known as Vancouver Island’s Harbour City. […]

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Andrew’s Nanaimo 360°

July 6, 2017

Our local residents are well versed in the best things to do in Nanaimo. They know the secrets, what makes Nanaimo a great place to live. We’ve asked Andrew Nixon from the Nanaimo Adventure 360 team to share his ideal 48 hours in the Harbour City—his Nanaimo 360. Here’s a look at where he grabs a bite, where he likes to catch a view of the harbour, and more: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been curious about the world and the blend of cultures within it. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a town that […]

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Legendary fun in Nanaimo: First the Dragon Boat races, then some otherworldly adventures

July 5, 2017

The Dragon Boat Festival in Nanaimo doesn’t have a lot to do with the mythical, fire-spewing creatures they’re named after. It has everything to do, however, with fierce fun, teamwork and enjoying a slew of events over three days. Dragonboat image by Nancy Shields The main event goes July 7-9 at the harbour near Maffeo Sutton Park. You can cheer on the 70 teams of 20 paddlers as they churn up the waters in a battle to cross the finish line first. Before- and after-race fun includes land-based events like the Shriner’s pancake breakfast, Longwood Brewery beer gardens and sampling […]

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Sarah Etoile Shares Saysutshun – 7 Images of Newcastle Island

June 28, 2017

All words and images by Sarah Etoile. ʔukᵂaqiłs Sarah. Diitiidʔaaʔaqsp. I’m a First Nations photographer, steward and storyteller based on Vancouver Island. This week as @tourismnanaimo’s #guestagrammer I will be sharing Saysutshun, otherwise known as Newcastle Island, which is unceded Snuneymuxw Territory. My classmates and I paddled from the harbour to Saysutshun, and were graciously welcomed by Snuneymuxw First Nation by this totem pole. Our host, who also provides guided tours of Saysutshun, shared the history and connections with this island. After our welcome and guided tour with Snuneymuxw First Nation, we were allowed to wander around before lunch. Most […]

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Choose Your Own #ExploreNanaimo Adventure

February 10, 2017

Take the reigns on your own #ExploreNanaimo adventure. Choose your path in this travel story.

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Falling for Westwood Lake

November 1, 2016

  Words by Guest Blogger Chris Istace   The days have become shorter The air has become crisp and a bit cooler The rain falls a little more often The clouds and fog roll amongst the trees   To many on Vancouver Island this sounds perfect and signifies that Fall is in full swing outdoors. A time to celebrate the changing of the seasons. To welcome new experiences in familiar places.   Recently I was in Nanaimo for an all day event on a Saturday and new that I would want a break during my stay.  I had stopped briefly […]

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