Category: Outdoor Adventures

Your Guide to Westwood Lake Park

November 3, 2019

Chris Istace here, aka the Mindful Explorer. I was recently in Nanaimo for an all-day event on a Saturday and knew that I would want a break during my stay. Luckily, I knew just the place: Westwood Lake Park. I had stopped briefly there in the summer and thought it would be nice to return for a longer visit. The days have become shorter The air has become crisp and a bit cooler The rain falls a little more often The clouds and fog roll amongst the trees – Chris Istace To many on Vancouver Island, this sounds perfect and signifies […]

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5 Best Places To Watch The Sunset In Nanaimo

June 11, 2019

Thanks to its rolling mountains and easy access to beaches, Nanaimo offers plenty of viewpoints to capture memorable sunsets. Here are the five best places to watch the sun go down in Nanaimo:  

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Experience Adventure: Family Activities in Nanaimo

June 4, 2019

Give your family a dose of adventure with these family activities in Nanaimo. This family-friendly community has over 200 + parks and trails to explore, vibrant cultural attractions to discover and many “one of a kind” activities for the whole family to enjoy. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose. But don’t worry, Tourism Nanaimo has you covered with this quick-reference list of some of the best family activities Nanaimo has to offer. Maffeo Sutton Park Get your play on at Maffeo Sutton Park. Let the kids adventure while you enjoy a peaceful moment near the ocean. […]

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An artist haven on a wild coastline

May 9, 2019

Jordan Dyck Explores Gabriola Island ‘The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.’ The act of seeking these places is becoming a lot more difficult than ever before. However, there are still environments that allow for that unique feeling of connectedness to the outdoors in a modern world. One of those places, is Gabriola Island, otherwise known, as the Isle of the Arts. A small island that’s a 15-minute ferry ride distance from Nanaimo, Gabriola Island hosts a deeply embedded arts community that thrives on this wild coastline. An artists haven, Gabriola […]

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Gabriola: A Day Exploring The Isle Of Arts

November 13, 2018

The clouds lay low, the breeze is sharp, and the sea is rolling as if to welcome us to the Island. As we inch closer to the dock, the towering sandstone cliffs surround us. Then at the buzz of a button, we ran and got back into the van. Our adventure is about to begin. Gabriola Island is located off the shores of Nanaimo, with a population of roughly 4,000. This is not your typical island, and to help us discover what Gabriola has to offer, the Adventure 360 team and I teamed up with Vancouver Island Expeditions (VIE). […]

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Locals Know Nanaimo

July 31, 2018

Aaramë from the Nanaimo Art Gallery What is there to do on a rainy day in Nanaimo? Brave the rain and explore nature I’ve lived on the BC coast my whole life, so I’m not afraid of the rain. If it’s a big winter storm, it’s fun to go up to Bowen Park and see how high the river has come up or to go for a walk around Westwood Lake or Morell Nature Sanctuary. I love to bring my camera as there is always something interesting growing in the forest. The trees also usually provide a bit of shelter from […]

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Bathtub Weekend 2018

July 16, 2018

July 20th-22nd It all started in 1967 when former mayor of Nanaimo, Frank Ney, famously donned a pirate costume, raised his sword, and launched Nanaimo’s first annual Bathtub Race. “Tubbers” and visitors from around the world have been coming to Nanaimo for more than 40 years to take part in this now world famous festival and race. This year’s Bathtub Festival — a part of the larger, month-long Marine Festival — takes place at Maffeo Sutton Park & Sway-a-Lana Lagoon on the weekend of July 20th to 22nd. The Scoop, Or “Bail Bucket” if You Prefer With a mix of […]

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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

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

The many colours of Nanaimo, through the lens of Jonah Ferguson

September 26, 2017

Hey travellers, @jonahswferguson here and I will be taking over the Tourism Nanaimo page for the next few days! I grew up in Nanaimo and chose to pursue photography as a way of sharing the beauty I was constantly coming across on my hikes around Nanaimo and Vancouver Island. This particular shot was captured as I was on my way out of town one morning, and caught this view out of the corner of my eye. Many of you will probably recognize this tree, and I have always thought it would make a great photo, but it wasn’t until this […]

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