As the second largest city on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo promises a lively and unique urban experience. Downtown along Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent, and Fitzwilliam Street is a thriving mix of restaurants, music venues, shops, galleries, and exciting nightspots. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre, a brand new, state-of-the-art facility set in the heart of the city, is already attracting another wave of retail and service businesses that cater to visitors. Nanaimo is also home to Woodgrove Centre, the largest shopping centre on Vancouver Island. There are also several other attractive retail shopping centres throughout the city.
What's special about Nanaimo is that it has it all, in a surprisingly affordable package. From hotel room rates to restaurant menus, experiences are generally less expensive and more accessible here than in Vancouver and Victoria.