Nanaimo Bar Trail - Tourism Nanaimo

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.

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!

  • A Wee Cupcakery – 407 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)
  • McLean’s Specialty Foods – 426 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)
  • Perkins Coffee Company – 234 Commercial St. (Downtown)
  • Serious Coffee Downtown – 300-60 Commercial Street (Downtown)
  • Serious Coffee North – 6357-B Hammond Bay Rd. (North)
  • Serious Coffee Southgate – 1275 Island Hwy (South)
  • Hearthstone Artisan Bakery – 115A 50 Tenth Street (South)
  • Javawocky Coffee House – 8-90 Front Street (Downtown)
  • Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar – 500 North Road (Gabriola Island)
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
  • Pirate Chips- Unit #1-75 Front St. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Variations
  • Living Forest Cafe – Nanaimo Bar Milkshake (seasonal), 6 Maki Rd. (South)
  • The Bold Knight Restaurant – Death by Nanaimo Bar Martini, 1140 Trans Canada Hwy (South)
  • Waterfront Confections – come taste a delicious version of the Nanaimo Bar via GELATO. You can thank us later! (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake
  • Minnoz Restaurant – 11 Bastion St. (Downtown)
  • Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant- 5775 Turner Rd. (North)
  • The Buzz Coffee House – 1861 Dufferin Crescent (Central)
Nanaimo Bar Cupcake
  • A Wee Cupcakery – 407 Fitzwilliam St. – Fridays & Saturdays & by chance (Old City Quarter)
Nanaimo Bar Cake Pop
  • Coco Cafe – #4A – 1840 Cedar Road (South)
Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll
  • Noodlebox Nanaimo (Port Place) – 107-648 Terminal Avenue (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Fudge
  • Cabela’s – 6902 Island Highway (North)
Nanaimo Bar Chocolate
  • Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut – Country Club Centre, 3200 Island Highway North (North)
Nanaimo Bar Waffle
  • Waffle Magic – come try a tasty, fresh waffle topped with Nanaimo Bar fixin’s. YUM! (Old City Quarter)
Nanaimo Bar Cocktails/Alcoholic Drinks
  • The Grand Hotel – Nanaimo Bar Cocktail, 4898 Rutherford Rd. (North)
  • Modern Cafe – Nanaimo Bar Martini, 221 Commercial St. (Downtown)
  • Bold Knight Restaurant – Death by Nanaimo Bar Martini, 1140 Trans Canada Hwy (South)
  • The Nanaimo BAR – Nanaimo Bar Cocktail/Shot/Martini, #2, 75 Front Street (Downtown)
  • Wolf Brewing Company – Dead Whale Beer + Nanaimo Bar, 940 Old Victoria Road (South)
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
  • WildPlay Element Parks – Nanaimo Bar-burning Funky Monkey Bundle, 35 Nanaimo River Road (South)
  • House of Kiyo Salon & Spa – Nanaimo Bar Pedicure, #2 -404 Stewart Ave. (Downtown)
  • Nanaimo Museum & Northfield Visitor Centre, 2450 Northfield Rd. (Central) – Nanaimo Bar Recipe Tea Towels, 100 Museum Way (Downtown)
  • Island-ish – Nanaimo Bar Cup Cozy & Nanaimo Bar Soap , #4 – 1420 Wingrove Street (Central)
  • Nanaimo Museum – Nanaimo Bar History Exhibit, 100 Museum Way (Downtown)
  • Nanaimo Museum – Nanaimo Bar Benches, 100 Museum Way (Downtown)
  • Serge & Sew – Nanaimo Bar Table Runner Kit, 105 – 6750 n. Island Highway (North)
  • Nanaimo Visitor Centre – Nanaimo Bar Postcards, 2450 Northfield Road (Central)
  • Stir Cooking School – Nanaimo Bar Cooking Class, Lantzville BC (North)
  • Lobelia’s Lair – Nanaimo Bar Soap & Nanaimo Bar Massage Oil, #8 321 Wesley Street (Old City Quarter)
  • 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)

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