Nanaimo Bar Trail

2016 Nanaimo Bar Trail Cover

Nanaimo Bar Trail

Take a sweet self-guided adventure through the streets of Nanaimo & Region! Stretching the region from Lantzville in the north to Cedar in the south (and now ALSO including a stop on Gabriola Island!), experience the many deliciously creative interpretations of our famous Nanaimo Bar. Stop by the Visitor Centres or any of the participating locations and pick up a Nanaimo Bar Trail Brochure so you can map out your route along the 39 stops.

CLICK HERE to view the online & mobile friendly version of the 2016 Nanaimo Bar Trail Brochure!

Classic Nanaimo Bar

A classic, homemade version, almost identical to the version on display in the museum is available at several coffee houses and café’s around Nanaimo. A few favourites are listed below, so you can decide which is your favourite!

Specialty Nanaimo Bars

  • Smokin' George's - Maple Bacon Topped Nanaimo Bar & Dulche De Leche Nanaimo Bar, Unit 5- 4131 Mostar Rd. (North)
  • BOCCA Cafe - Peanut Butter, Gluten Free, Seasonal, Chilli, & more, 427 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)
  • Hearthstone Artisan Bakery - Peanut Butter Crunch Nanaimo Bar - 115A 50 Tenth Street (South)

Organic/ Vegan/ Raw/ Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars

  • Mon Petit Choux - Wheat Free, 120 Commercial St. (Downtown)
  • Power House Living Foods - Organic/Raw/Gluten Free, 200 Commercial St. (Downtown) or 6560 Metral Dr. (North)
  • Riso Foods Inc. - Gluten Free "Not your Average Nanaimo Bar", #15-7217 Lantzville Rd. (Lantzville)
  • BOCCA Cafe - Gluten Free, 427 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)

Deep Fried Nanaimo Bar

Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Variations

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

Nanaimo Bar Cupcake

  • A Wee Cupcakery - 407 Fitzwilliam St. - Fridays & Saturdays & by chance (Old City Quarter)

Nanaimo Bar Cake Pop

Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll

Nanaimo Bar Fudge

  • Cabela's - 6902 Island Highway (North)

Nanaimo Bar Chocolate

Nanaimo Bar Cocktails/Alcoholic Drinks

Nanaimo Bar Tea and Coffee

  • Tea Desire - Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte, 16-3200 Island Highway North
  • BOCCA Cafe - Nanaimo Bar Latte, 427 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)

Inedible Versions

BONUS VERSIONS - Check out more Nanaimo Bar goodness at the locations below:

  • Thrifty Foods Port Place - Pick up a whole box of Nanaimo Bars...perfect for sharing! Conveniently located in downtown Nanaimo. (Downtown)
  • Serious Coffee South Parkway - with versions like the Traditional Nanaimo Bar and more, add this to your 'trail tour while in the South end of Nanaimo! (South)
  • Nanaimo Bar Trail Run with GottaRun - join fellow runners for a 6-8K run on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am in beautiful downtown Nanaimo. Sign up online! (Downtown)
  • Waffle Magic - come try a tasty, fresh waffle topped with Nanaimo Bar fixin's. YUM! (Old City Quarter)
  • BC Ferries - offering a Nanaimo Bar experience on board with chocolaty creaminess and stunning coastal views - the best Nanaimo Bar you'll find at sea! (Salish Sea)
  • Waterfront Confections - come taste a delicious version of the Nanaimo Bar via GELATO. You can thank us later! (Downtown)


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    Hearthstone Artisan Bakery

    Try the classic or Peanut Butter Crunch Nanaimo Bar. All made from scratch in-house. Come visit our little bakery!


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    Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge

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    Modern Café

    Located in the heart of Downtown Nanaimo, Modern Café is famous for its Nanaimo Bar Martini. Yummy food and fun!

    Mon Petit Choux

    Delicious slice of heaven bakery/cafe, right downtown Nanaimo.

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    Power House Living Foods Co.

    Raw, vegan, gluten free, FRESH. Downtown location as well as North Nanaimo location

    Riso Foods Inc.

    Great dining, passionate people, local ingredients & classic technique. Liquor, patio, brick oven. Bakery; GF too!

    Serge & Sew

    Visit our one stop quilting shop and buy our no-calorie Nanaimo Bar Kit! Sew up your own souvenir of Nanaimo.

    Serious Coffee - Downtown

    Downtown Nanaimo Coffee Shop

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    North Nanaimo coffee shop featuring homemade baked goodies and a welcoming atmosphere. Reservations taken!

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    Every city worth its salt has a place that locals talk about…that place that serves up the best. That's US.

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    Come in and enjoy a latte or a cold refreshing drink and our take on a west coast classic - the Nanaimo Bar. Trust us - you'll love our version best!

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    Want to showcase your business on the popular Nanaimo Bar Trail? contact Karen Bannister for details today!

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