The Real Nanaimo Harbour City - Tourism Nanaimo

The Real Nanaimo Harbour City

From sweet treats to a day out on the water, this is the authentic Nanaimo experience.


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Day 1


Start your day right by stopping in at one of our island coffee shops.

Serious Coffee – With three locations in Nanaimo, the island’s own Serious Coffee has a delicious pastry and coffee ready for you.

The Buzz Coffee House – Located centrally in Nanaimo, The Buzz Coffee House has a great selection of food and beverage.

The Bee’s Knees Community Cafe – This community cafe is located downtown Nanaimo and offers wholesome food and drink.

Regard Coffee Roasters – Enjoy home-roasted coffee at this delicious stop.


There’s no better way to experience Nanaimo than out on the water from the marina. Hop on a Catamaran with Island Marine Adventures for a new perspective.


Take the ferry over to a floating pub! Dinghy Dock Pub is located on Protection Island, a short ferry ride away.


Get wet! Spend the afternoon on a diving expedition with one of our resident experts. Nanaimo is home to shipwrecks and harbour seals. You can get the opportunity to dive with each.


What’s authentically Nanaimo? Heading to a favourite pub for craft brew after playing hard in the outdoors.

White Sails Brewing – Visit the brewery and taproom and pick your favourite brew. Have it alongside a pizza from Mambo Gourmet Pizza, a favourite pizza restaurant that delivers right to the taproom.

Longwood Brew Pub  – With their own brew on tap, plus others, and a delicious menu, you’ll be in culinary heaven at this favourite Nanaimo hotspot.

White Sails is located Downtown, while Longwood Brew Pub is in North Nanaimo.


Finish off the day with a sunset paddle. Head to the Alberni Outpost Adventure Centre located centrally at Brechin Boat Launch and rent a paddle for a truly Nanaimo evening.

Day 2


Enjoy breakfast close to “home”. Many of our accommodations offer delicious breakfasts to fuel guests for the exciting day ahead.


Nanaimo is known for the iconic dessert, the Nanaimo Bar. You must try the original, and the many variations we celebrate here. Start you Nanaimo Bar Trail tour with a Nanaimo Bar pedicure at House of Kiyo Salon & Spa.

Stop by Tea Desire for a Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte, a mid-morning treat!


Stay on your Nanaimo Bar journey and head downtown for lunch at any one of these stops on the Nanaimo Bar Trail:

Mon Petit Choux – Offers a wheat free Nanaimo Bar to end your meal;

Powerhouse Living Foods – An organic, raw and gluten-free version to top off a delicious whole foods meal;

Minnoz Restaurant – This restaurant is located in the Coast Bastion Hotel and offers a Nanaimo Bar cheesecake;

Pirate Chips – The ultimate: a deep-friend Nanaimo bar.


Head to Westwood Lake and bring your bathing suit! This gorgeous beach and refreshing lake offers an afternoon of fun in the sun. If you want to get out on the water, rent a kayak or paddleboard from Westwood Lake Campgrounds.


Continue the Nanaimo Bar Trail by enjoying some delicious food and Nanaimo-bar inspired cocktails.

Modern Cafe – Enjoy delicious food and of course, a Nanaimo Bar martini.

Bold Knight Restaurant  – Sample the Death by Nanaimo Bar martini and of course a hearty meal.


The Queen’s Hotel invites you to experience live music and beer, wine or the cocktail of your choice. Enjoy Nanaimo’s night scene.

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