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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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@ZoeyTPhotography’s Nanaimo 360°

September 13, 2017

As part of a recent guestagrammer series, Zoey shared her top Nanaimo spots with us. Hello folks I’m Zoey . While I now spend most of my time in Victoria, I was born and raised here in Nanaimo. I’m a Uvic student and a co-founder of the Uvic Photography Excursion Club. The outdoors have always been a huge part of my life and I’m pumped to share some of the lovely places my hometown has to offer. Ammonite Falls Definitely worth the short hike out to see these impressive falls. Not only do you get to enjoy an adrenaline-pumping, final climb […]

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A Primer On Nanaimo Bird Watching

September 6, 2017

Nanaimo is known for its natural beauty: the trails, waterfalls, and parks that are home to feathery friends of flight that watch from their perch. Local birder Spenser Smith shares his passion for birdwatching in Nanaimo, and highlights some great spots for you to check out. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and your passion for birdwatching? I am a writer, editor and photographer in the fourth year of my creative writing and journalism BA at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Social media analytics excite me, and I sometimes spend hours reading restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor for entertainment. I […]

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6 #ExploreNanaimo Stops on Tiffany’s Nanaimo 360°

August 29, 2017

As part of our guestagrammer series, Instagram photographer Tiffany Szigety shared a few of her favourite spots in Nanaimo. Maffeo Sutton Park 5 years ago we first visited Nanaimo. We stayed downtown for a few days to explore the city. I have such distinct memories of walking through Maffeo Sutton Park and along the waterfront with my husband and pregnant with our first child. Little did I know then that we would move here 2 years later. This park holds such a special place in my heart. We walked the waterfront admiring all the boat and seaplane activity. The crabbers […]

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The Authentic Nanaimo 360 Experience

August 15, 2017

When I’m travelling I want to experience everything the location has to offer by fully immersing myself in the history, culture, and day-to-day life of the locals. Just like anyone else, sometimes I forget to get in touch with the place I call home. But lucky for me, that place is Nanaimo. This city has everything anyone could wish for: lively marine ecosystem, diverse indigenous wildlife, and a trendy downtown urban sanctuary. When I feel like I’m losing touch with my hometown, I take advantage of the first opportunity I can to experience Nanaimo all over again. Day 1 Breakfast: […]

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A Free Spirit’s Guide to Nanaimo

August 8, 2017

Nanaimo’s locals are eager to take the plunge when it comes to new adventures, and we knew Heather from the Adventure 360 team would be interested in sharing what a free spirited two days in Nanaimo would look like. We asked her to share her ideal 48 hours in the Harbour City—her Nanaimo 360. Check out what Heather gets up to… I don’t know about you but when I travel I want it to be an adventure. I want to experience the best of wherever it is I’m visiting has to offer, from the region’s best cuisine to the best […]

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