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#ExploreNanaimo Photo Showcase Contest

March 2, 2018

Nanaimo’s locals are the experts when it comes to showcasing the Harbour City, and we’d love to see what you’ve been capturing! As part of our stakeholder event on March 22, Tourism Nanaimo will be hosting a photo showcase at White Sails Brewing. We will shortlist a selection of the best #ExploreNanaimo captures, put them on display and announce the winner at the event! We’ll even purchase the rights for the winning photo at $250 CDN, and the winner will go home with a #ExploreNanaimo prize package worth another $250 CDN. How to Enter How do you enter? Submit your […]

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Exploring the Trails of Nanaimo, BC

February 28, 2018

Read time: 4 mins Hike or bike the trails of and around Nanaimo to connect with other adventurers, or spend some time with yourself – enjoying the tranquility and raw beauty, appreciating the natural harmony of the outdoors, and simply savouring the thrill of the trail. With over 170 kilometers of trails connecting our streets and parks, communities and businesses, the journey is as impressive as the destination. Hiking Nanaimo is the physical centre of Vancouver Island, nestled between the Salish Sea and Mount Benson, and home to some of the region’s best backcountry hiking. Search for geocaches, explore the […]

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Mount Benson Nanaimo, BC

The Most Instagrammable Spots in Nanaimo, BC

February 27, 2018

Read time: 4.5 mins Nanaimo is Instagram heaven, with #food, #smiles, and #fun everywhere you look. Join us as we explore some of the most photogenic spots in and around the city, so you can create an Instagram album that makes your feed the one to follow. #ExploreNanaimo There’s no simple formula that will make you Instagram-famous, but choosing the right location and sharing it far and wide will help you gain more followers while showing off your unique perspective. Quality Content The Harbour City is rich with places and spaces that are naturally photogenic and perfect for sharing. Charge […]

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Meet the Nanaimoites who emulate nature

February 20, 2018

Guest blog post by Mei Dunlop When I moved from the mainland to Nanaimo 4 years ago, I had no idea how creative and inspiring the people around me were. My husband and I had no relatives, no close friends or anyone else we could connect with in Nanaimo. Lucky for us, we are pioneers of our own lives and we needed our own space to experience and get away from the busy and growing economy on the mainland. Within a few short months, I discovered a social culture that nurtures creativity, sustainability and island living. People here care for […]

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Directions to Ammonite Falls

February 16, 2018

Ammonite Falls is an #ExploreNanaimo favourite, and many folks want to know how to safely reach the magnificent views of this waterfall gem. Hint: If you’d like to see just how impressive the waterfalls are in Nanaimo, check out our Waterfall Wanderings blog post. How To Get To Ammonite Falls To give you the best directions to Ammonite Falls, we reached out to the amazing local guides at Vancouver Island Expeditions. They even offer guided hikes to the falls, if that’s more up your alley. Here’s how to get to Ammonite Falls: Whether you’re a newbie hiker or the next […]

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Directions to Ammonite Falls

Nanaimo Landscapes That Help You Reimagine Winter Getaways

January 25, 2018

Usually a destination known for its fog and rain, Nanaimo is no stranger to snow days, but we certainly don’t broadcast ourselves as a snow destination. Rather, the fine hub city is a winter getaway of a different variety; for those seeking to thaw a little, to don a rain jacket over a parka, to get outdoors no matter the weather. It’s the creeping fingers of fog or the bobbing waves on the beach shores that provide the backdrop for this different kind of winter getaway. Low Tide A blast of colour during the grey days of winter, the intertidal […]

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7 Galleries That Show Nanaimo Is So Much More Than A Pit Stop

December 21, 2017

That’s where the ferry comes in, right? Nanaimo’s a major access point to Vancouver Island, thanks to two ferry terminals from the Vancouver area, but it’s a shame to treat it as just that, a pit stop on your way through. Next time you’re heading our way, spend a night or two, and we guarantee it’ll be worth it. 1. We made a whole trail around a dessert There must be custard in the veins of Nanaimoites, because we reserve a very special place in our hearts for the layers of chocolate, custard, and coconut base that make up the […]

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Cold Weather Activities in Nanaimo

December 15, 2017

While we’re certainly not heralded as snow destination, Nanaimo does get its fair share of chillier days. If you’re travelling during the off season, you can reap all the benefits of areas being less crowded, a stunning fog that rolls over the city, and year-round hikes. The city’s weather is mild in comparison to other parts of Canada, but we still like to bundle up from time to time and hide away from the frost! Here are a few cold weather activities for your stay in #ExploreNanaimo. Shop Local Nanaimo’s downtown streets fan out from the center, the Bastion, with […]

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On This Spot: Jump Back In Nanaimo’s History

November 3, 2017

Andrew from the new On This Spot app chats with us about the app, his favourite points of comparison, and a bit of Nanaimo’s history. Can you tell us a bit about On This Spot? What do people need to know? The On This Spot app takes people on guided walking tours through the history that surrounds them. At each stop on their journey users will find themselves standing on the spot a historic photo was taken. They can view a then and now photo comparison, use the built in camera to create their own, and read about Nanaimo’s history […]

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Cedar Yellow Point Country Christmas Tour 2017

November 1, 2017

Christmas shopping a breezy adventure on Cedar and Yellow Point Holiday tour A relaxed Christmas shopping trip in the country in late November sure beats the prospect of competing for a parking spot at a crowded mall in December. The Cedar and Yellow Point Holiday Christmas Tour, Nov. 23-25, is a delightfully stress-free and slow-paced way to usher in the holiday season and check off your Christmas gift list at the same time. Make a weekend of it and, with Christmas gift list in hand, download the trail map to find the shops, farms, boutiques and galleries around Cedar Yellow […]

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