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Catching a Wave with Captain Hans

August 26, 2016

Hi guys – it’s Morgane again! I wanted to blog about my most recent FAM tour, aboard the Shadowfax. What an amazing time I had with Captain Hans on the open sea! Vancouver Island Catamaran Sailing is owned and operated by Hans Bongarts who has been sailing for 37 years and loves to take his guests on adventures. The Shadowfax is the vessel that Hans uses and it is a real beauty. She was made for gently sailing along the Pacific coast and is she also eco-friendly. This catamaran can hold up to 12 people comfortably as there is ample […]

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A Nanaimo Adventure: Sunrise to Sunset

July 15, 2016

Guest Blogger: Chris Istace When one thinks of Nanaimo, what often comes to mind is that big city that you drive by to get to Tofino or that place you go to catch the ferry if you want to visit Vancouver. If this is what you think of then you are really missing out on a city that boasts a diversity of things to see and do that rivals any other location in Canada.   I had the pleasure recently of participating in a one-day itinerary that I invited some friends along to join in on. We were satisfied in […]

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Five Fall Walks in Nanaimo & Region

October 23, 2015

We’ve seen a flurry of stunning fall pictures shared on Instagram. Thank you to everyone using the #ExploreNanaimo hashtag so we can share! We thought we would add just a few autumn walks to your list to see in the Nanaimo & Region. Here are a handful of our fall favourites! Jack Point & Biggs Park Address: 501 Duke Point Highway, Nanaimo What you Might See or Experience: Sea Lions off the point or if you are really lucky harbour porpoises Eagles & herons Unique sandstone formations Boardwalks & stairs Helpful Tips: It’s a 2.5 km loop but quite a […]

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Day-trip into the Wild: Nanaimo to Elk Falls Provincial Park

September 18, 2015

If you’re looking for an easy yet exciting day-trip from the city to the trees, the 158 km trip from Nanaimo to Elk Falls Provincial Park in Campbell River is certain to satiate your desire for adventure without spending too much time on the road. Elk Falls is home to a roaring waterfall, two salmon-packed rivers and intertwining trail systems. This 1100+ hectare park is an enchanting experience year-round. Travel from the Hub City to the “Salmon Capital of the World” From Nanaimo, head North on Hwy BC 19 past Lantzville. From there, it’s choose your own adventure as you […]

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Nanaimo’s Breakfast Bites

September 9, 2015

Hey y’all! On my days off I like to relax and take it easy, go for breakfast and then go for a nice walk around Pipers Lagoon. So here are my top three picks of breakfast spots in Nanaimo! Gabriel’s Café As you may have seen in my last blog about Top Patio Spots, I love my patios. Gabriel’s has a nice one to enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine. My favourite thing to get here is the No. 11, which is Coconut Milk Pancakes with roasted apples, O.M.G. So good! Along with a cup of coffee from Creekmore’s Coffee […]

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Scootin’ Gabriola Island

September 4, 2015

Hi guys! It’s Amanda here. What’s the best way to see Gabriola Island? By scooter of course! Kara and I had an amazing time scooting around the island last week. We rented scooters from Page’s Resort & Marina as part of the September Specials in the #ExploreNanaimo Passport. We were given a rundown of how to operate the scooters and then went to our Gabriola map to plan our route. We quickly realized there were too many cool things to see in just one day so we had to decide on our top picks, plus that gives us a great […]

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Daytrippin’ to the Cowichan

September 3, 2015

I love Nanaimo. And for many different reasons. Anyone local can tell you we are known as the “Hub City,” and although the term originally came from the fact that our downtown was designed to look like the ‘hub’ of a wheel, it now also means we are a gateway or transportation hub to the rest of the Island. How cool is that? Recently, our family went camping for 3 nights in beautiful Gordon Bay Provincial Park. Located on the shores of Cowichan Lake (or Lake Cowichan – there was much discussion while driving with sleeping kids which was the proper term […]

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Skydive Vancouver Island

August 28, 2015

Hey everyone! My name is Emily, and I am Tourism Nanaimo’s newest team member! So far this summer has been full adventures, one being an observer of my boyfriend Chris, and his best friend Quinlyn who recently went skydiving. Unfortunately I am way to much of a scaredy-cat myself to jump out of a plane, however if this is the type of thing that you would like to experience, Skydive Vancouver Island is the place to do it. Skydive Vancouver Island is the newest jump site on the island, only 30 minutes out of Nanaimo, in Qualicum Beach beside the […]

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Day or Weekend Surf Trip to Tofino

August 27, 2015

Hey it’s Liam again! Heading out from Nanaimo to go to Tofino has never been made easier, thanks in part to the Tofino Bus system. They pick you up and leave from the Departure Bay Ferry terminal, as well as Woodgrove Centre. If you happen to be a student at VIU or another University, as it also makes departures from Victoria you will receive a student discount. The bus is quite comfortable, as it’s a relatively smaller sized vehicle as on my trip from Nanaimo to Tofino there were 15 people who could sit and rest without being squished. It’s […]

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Four Fun Facts (about us)

August 13, 2015

Happy Thursday, readers! We wanted to share some short ‘top lists’ with you on our blog…Huffington Post does it, Buzzfeed does it, and so we want in on the action too. Plus, everyone loves a good alliteration, right? We know Kara in our office sure does! So this blog post is dedicated to her ~ Five Fun Facts (you may or may not know) about Nanaimo! Feet First ~ Dive Nanaimo’s Sunken Wrecks: Nanaimo is home to three fascinating wreck dives. In 1997 The HMCS Saskatchewan, a 366-foot navy destroyer was sunk off the shores of Nanaimo to create an artificial […]

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