Come to Nanaimo this Fall and discover 360° of fall beauty. Our harbour glistens with the September sun, and you can still enjoy many on-water activities like boating and kayaking. As the weather turns cooler, our hikes get even better – whether you walk to the base of a waterfall or climb to the top of a mountain these are breathtaking views best enjoyed with a cup of coffee from our local establishments. Make time for the BC Ale Trail, which will take you from pumpkin beer to award-winning IPA.

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The ocean, the lakes, the beautiful scenery! Plenty of outdoor activities in the winter and summer make Nanaimo a great place for all ages, anytime of the year.
Madeleine Bennison
For an amazing breakfast, check out The Vault or Gabriel's. There are tons of great places to eat and shop.
Eric Wade
Live jazz downtown. Incredible history of jazz and more.
Norman Abbey
Upcoming Events
Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours
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Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours
Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours are a popular event each fall in Downtown Nanaimo but book early as these tours sell out. Choose from October tour dates for Crime & Punishment, and Haunted Nanaimo.
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Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour
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Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour
Gabriola Island is known as the Isle of Arts and for good reason. With so many artisans living and working on the island, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo's downtown, it is no wonder that stepping off the ferry you feel creativity in the air! Join Artisans and the Gabriola Island Arts Council for this annual event - an exciting step into the workshops of local artists and a chance to buy a piece of original creative expression.
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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
Music is in the air throughout the downtown core as we welcome the Third Annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival September 20-22, 2019. This years' event features the Ernie Watts Quartet and Laila Biali, plus 8 free concerts and a New Orleans - style parade.
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Brew & Chew
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Brew & Chew
Longwood Brewery's annual Longwoodstock Festival has expanded to two days with the addition of Longwoodstock: Brew & Chew. With this delicious event, you can enjoy craft beer from 14 central Vancouver Island breweries along with Island-made cider, wine, and spirits for a diverse beverage experience. Pair your favourite craft beverage with delectable food options from local favourite & award-winning Coco Café and of course, top quality live music.
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