Category: Sip and Savour

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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5 Things To Do While You’re Enjoying Longwoodstock

July 25, 2017

Craft beer. Music. Food. This trifecta of a perfect summer day sums up what you’ll find at Nanaimo’s Longwoodstock Festival. Longwoodstock, Aug. 11-12, is hosted by the Longwood Brewery, and features a danceable lineup of Canadian and international music acts. In its third year, it’s hooking in more people every year because of its cool location – inside the brewery and outside, in its backyard. During the festival, you’ll be kicking up your flip flops to the chill sounds of the Booms Booms and other acts, including the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Boomshack, who put the “fun” in funk. While […]

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Sip & Savour Nanaimo’s Farmers’ Markets

July 25, 2017

Nanaimo is a community rich in the homegrown: from handmade beverages (we are home to four craft breweries and 2 wineries) to free-range buffalo raised on the land, farm-fresh produce and of course fish straight from our cold waters. We also have a vibrant artistic community, blending everything from tinctures to teas, and crafting traditional First Nations art, as well as glass work and wood sculpture. All of these delights, for each one of your senses, can be found at one of our three outdoor Farmer’s Markets, which typify our homemade handmade lifestyle and the local colour that makes Nanaimo […]

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Splash out with more seaworthy adventures during Nanaimo Bathtub Races festival

July 12, 2017

Nanaimo is a city that loves and thrives off water adventures of all kinds. And since you’re here to celebrate the wet and wild Bathtub Races in July, stay around for some flotational fun of your own. In between your ocean adventures, the city has a month’s worth of land-loving events dedicated to the races, now in its 51st year. Take in concerts at Maffeo Sutton Park, a street fair, beer gardens, food festival, fireworks and a parade. Here are more than a few ways to splash out while you’re in what is also known as Vancouver Island’s Harbour City. […]

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Go VEGAN in Nanaimo!

November 20, 2015

GUEST BLOGGER: Eileen Lange   Hi all! I’m Eileen. My sister Helga works at the Visitor Centre and asked me if I would blog about vegan restaurants in Nanaimo. If you are vegan or vegetarian and you are traveling or living in Nanaimo, I can assure you, that you won’t have to go hungry! There are some great places that you can visit and where you can enjoy a delicious meal, while being in a lovely and welcoming environment. Here are 3 of my favourites: You will find Gabriel’s Cafe right in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. A cute spot with views […]

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Five Foodie Activities for Rainy Nanaimo Days

November 6, 2015

Five Rainy Day Culinary Experiences Don’t get me wrong, I love throwing on boots and a rain jacket and stomping through puddles, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house for some rainy day adventures that satisfy without getting soaked. So, if you are looking for a few ideas on what to do on a rainy Nanaimo day, I compiled a DELICIOUS little idea list for you. Enjoy and #ExploreNanaimo’s culinary scene! 1. Pick up a copy of the Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure and check off a few favourites. Most of them are indoors and they pair nicely with coffee to […]

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Canadian Comfort Food: Finding the Perfect Poutine in Nanaimo

November 4, 2015

Hey y’all. It’s the start of comfort food season. One comfort food I love, a Canadian classic…poutine of course! I went around Nanaimo and here are three of my favourite ones I tried:   Pirate Chips This place has been around for over 10 years now. I remember the first time going here, and being served such a HUGE poutine. My friends started calling them shoebox poutines cause you get so much in the box (get it to go and you’ll see why!) Anyways, Pirate Chips is a definite stop for poutine. Fresh, house-cut, extra crispy fries with gravy and Armstrong […]

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Seafood in Nanaimo

August 21, 2015

This post is long overdue, as Nanaimo is also known as the Harbour City, so let’s talk about some of the great places you can eat fresh fish in town. ACMe Food Co. ACMe Food Co. located in the heart of Downtown, serves classic West Coast inspired cuisine featuring local fish and seafood. This spot is great for a light lunch or a nice sit down dinner in a casual atmosphere. You might be lucky to catch some of the many evenings with live music from some great local talent. The menu features a variety of seafood starters such as […]

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