How to get herePlanning your transportation to and from Nanaimo is easily tailored to the type of experience you’re after on Vancouver Island. Learn about travelling by air, land, or sea. Discover how to get here
Nanaimo, British Columbia
The city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes, and spend more time in the places you want to be.
Nanaimo, BC is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 113 km north of Victoria, and 55 km across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver. The city projects out into the strait like a headland, affording waterfront on three sides and spectacular ocean views at every turn. The local landscape is defined by Mount Benson, which rises 1,006 metres (3,300 feet) just west of Nanaimo, and the Nanaimo River estuary, the largest estuary on Vancouver Island, which flows into Nanaimo Harbour at the south end of the city.
Nanaimo is the place to find natural wonders, festivals, culinary joys, and so much more. Discover your Nanaimo 360 by browsing things to do, places to stay, and how to get here.
Know Before You Go
Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC and Vancouver Island. But now is not the time for inter-community travel; stay in your community and support your local businesses if you can.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to Nanaimo when the time is right. Do your part now, so we can all explore Vancouver Island again later. In the meantime, find the official links below for the most up-to-date information.
For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s traveller resource guide here, and read about the current province-wide restrictions here.
For travel updates in Canada, please visit Destination Canada’s traveller resource guide.
What’s Open During COVID-19
Take time this summer to rediscover everything there is to enjoy in The Harbour City! Visit our OPEN page to view all of the accommodations, activity providers, restaurants, and more that are open and waiting to welcome you.
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Latest blog posts
How To Explore Nanaimo Safely & Responsibly This Summer
July 14, 2020
Photo Courtesy Of White Sails Brewing Nanaimo is excited to be welcoming guests back to our beautiful beaches, quiet forests, and friendly businesses. However, as many of us know, travelling this year looks a little different. To help keep our communities safe and the case counts low, visitors are asked to explore safely and responsibly using the following recommendations: If you’re feeling unwell, please stay home. Always have a hygiene kit with you at all times. Your kit should include a facemask and hand sanitizer for moments when you don’t have access to soap and water. Always use sanitizer after touching […]Read More
Day Tripping To The Lower Mainland Couldn’t Be Easier
March 6, 2020
While only 63 kilometres (~40 miles) apart, Nanaimo is a great jumping-off point for people who want to experience the hustle and bustle of Vancouver as well as the laid back lifestyle enjoyed here on the island. To get more from your stay in Nanaimo, consider a day-trip across the Strait to explore Vancouver and the lower mainland. Fly or Ferry, Which Will You Choose? Start your trip by planning a new experience: go there one way and come home another. The flight to Vancouver is about 25 minutes from harbour-to-harbour aboard a seaplane from Harbour Air or Sunshine […]Read More
Make Nanaimo Your Basecamp This Summer
March 3, 2020
Stay in Nanaimo and explore the rest of the island While there is so much to see right here in Nanaimo, we’re also a great way to explore the rest of Vancouver Island to find new experiences and friendly folks. No matter what direction you point the car, whether it’s your own or a rental, you can find a great new adventure on Vancouver Island, then come back to your room in Nanaimo to rest and reflect on the beauty of the west coast. Head North Drive north from Nanaimo for about 90 minutes, and you’ll arrive in Campbell […]Read More
The Real Nanaimo Harbour CityFrom sweet treats to a day out on the water, this is the authentic Nanaimo experience.
Hikers Paradise – Find Yourself in Our WoodsWalk the beaches and groves of Nanaimo, while experiencing food and fun west coast style.
Historic NanaimoTour BC’s 3rd oldest community from walking through a replica mine to firing a cannon!