Sweet Tooth & The Salty Sea

From Sampling Nanaimo Bars to breathing in the fresh, salty air on board a Catamaran.


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Day 1

Select a stop on the Nanaimo Bar Trail so you can have breakfast and start the Nanaimo Bar Trail sampling! Such as:

Mon Petit Choux – Serving breakfast and the Wheat Free Nanaimo Bar.
Bocca Café – Serving breakfast and the traditional, peanut butter or salted caramel Nanaimo Bar.
Coco Café – Serving breakfast and the Nanaimo Bar Cake Pop.

While you map out your route, be sure to leave time to enjoy the heritage buildings, art galleries and shop Downtown Nanaimo and in the Old City Quarter.

Select a stop on the Nanaimo Bar Trail so you can pair lunch with another treat to try! Such as:

Modern Café – Enjoy lunch paired with the Nanaimo Bar Martini.
Pirate Chips – Have lunch then the Deep Friend Nanaimo Bar for dessert.
Perkins – Try lunch then a traditional Nanaimo Bar for dessert.

Book your toes a treat too! Start with a coconut scrub, a chocolate mask and end with vanilla cream massage with the Nanaimo Bar Pedicure at House of Kiyo Salon.

Select a stop on the Nanaimo Bar Trail so you can pair lunch with another treat to try! Such as:

The Bold Knight Steak & Seafood Restaurant – Savour dinner paired with the Death by Nanaimo
Bar Martini.
Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge – Have dinner then the Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake for dessert.
The Grand Hotel – Enjoy dinner paired with the Nanaimo Bar Cocktail.

With a belly full of sweets and sweet smelling toes, stroll the Waterfront walkway. Many evenings you’ll find buskers along the route or free entertainment in Maffeo Sutton Park.

Day 2

Why not head right to the water front for breakfast today?

Javawocky Coffee House – Start your day overlooking the Nanaimo Harbour with a breakfast
sandwich or scone. Watch the float planes come and go while sipping on your favourite cuppa java.

Book a catamaran tour with Captain Hans with Vancouver Island Catamaran Sailing. Tours from 1-4 hours are available and tours can be customized depending on what you would like to see. We suggest cruising around Newcastle Island keeping a close eye on shore to see if you can spot the Albino Raccoon family! He’ll even throw down a crab trap if you ask. Happy Sailing!

These dockside dining options have great food, awesome views and you can’t get any closer to the water than on these patios:

Penny’s Palapas – Thoughtful Mexican fare meets margaritas at this seasonal floating eatery with
open-air seating.
Lighthouse Bistro – On the water with patio seating, beer, pub grub, seafood entrees & BBQ.
Troller’s Fish & Chips – Serving the freshest local and wild-caught seafood in the Nanaimo Harbour.

Book a lesson, a tour or rent a paddleboard/Kayak/Stand up Pedal Board from Alberni Outpost’s adventure centre. Navigate the waters yourself, watch the ferries come in, find a private beach on Newcastle Island or paddle between Newcastle & Protection island at low tide to see if you can find some sea stars just below the surface.

Because you just can’t get enough of this ocean air, continue your harbourside day by taking the Protection Connection ferry to the Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant! The ferry leaves the Nanaimo Harbour 10 min after the hour. Kids and families love this place too because kids can fish through the floor while they are cooking up lunch. This is a great place to catch live music in the evening too!

After a filling dinner we suggest taking a walk around Protection Island. They have some beautiful beaches and the best road names – almost all of them are pirate or nautical themed! Take in the sunset from a view point on the island and watch the colours bounce off Mt. Benson in the distance.

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