Whatever time of year you’re visiting Nanaimo, there’s a delicious, entertaining, or enlightening event close by. In the summer, celebrate the Salish sea, with Marine Fest – a collection of events in our harbour including our world-famous Bathtub Races. Let the music move you in Maffeo Sutton Park with the Summertime Blues Festival, or in Diana Krall Plaza and around town with the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival. Craft beer and music make the perfect pair with Nanaimo’s Longwoodstock, an all-day music fest. Come fall and winter, you’ll love the many opportunities to buy local when you visit Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour, Cedar Yellow Point’s Artisan Tour and our island famous Kris Kringle Holiday Craft Market. Spring is all about Festival Nanaimo – a month long celebration of events from Wee Tipple Whiskey Festival to the Annual PirateFest, which celebrates what makes Nanaimo unique.
Many more events are happening year-round in Nanaimo from cheesemaking classes on Gabriola to yoga in the park. For a calendar of events, visit http://www.whatsondigest.com.
Dates: Friday, October 25th, 7pm - 10pm
Where: The Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road
Dates: 7 days a week in October, from 10:00 am – dusk.
Where: 4613 Yellow Point Road, Yellowpoint
Cost: varies from $2.50 - $30 for family pass with a variety of add-ons
Dates: November 15th from 5-9pm; November 16th from 10am-5pm and November 17th from noon - 5pm Where: Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street Cost: Free!
Dates: Saturday, October 19th, 2pm - 8pm. Mini Corn Maze in Wesley Square, 335 Wesley Street
Sunday, October 20th, 4pm - 6pm. “Monster House” Movie Night at Coach & Horses, 321 Selby Street. Wear your P.J's and bring a pillow and cozy up to this fun Hallowe'en movie, safe for all ages! Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, October 26th, 11am - 3pm. Trick or Treat in the OCC. Look for the Black & Orange balloons of the businesses that will be participating all throughout the Old City Quarter!
Saturday, October 26th, 12pm - 3pm, Witches & Wizards Flash Mob and Dance Party, 321 Wesley Street. Hosted by Lobelia's Lair Metaphysical Treasures.
Cost: Free, or by donation.
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Located 2 blocks from the Old City center, Harbour Seawalk, and “The Great Canadian Casino” at Port Place Mall. 28 rooms with a variety of bed combinations. Air conditioned. One 2 bedroom family suite with full kitchen. Small pets welcome at no extra charge.
We have been offering guests a simply clean, quiet and comfortable accommodation with sea view since May 2015. There are two guest's rooms and a 450 square feet lounge in the guesthouse. All units have a private bathroom and views of the sea and garden.
Nanaimo’s best value motel! Total of 42 comfortable rooms Plenty of FREE parking Licensed Restaurant (Pier 97) on premises FREE Cable TV FREE in-room coffee/tea FREE in-room toiletries FREE in-room WiFi FREE wake-up calls Telephone and clock radio
"A lakeside retreat in an old growth forest in the middle of thriving Nanaimo " Use our local knowledge to enhance your visit to Vancouver Island and use Long Lake as your base for day tours to Island destinations.
Closest to BC Ferries Departure Bay! Dave and Marlene warmly welcome you to our spotless clean, comfy, 1 bedroom oceanview suites featuring a separate bedroom and full kitchens with full size stoves and ovens. We also offer cozy and economical studios.
Located in the heart of Nanaimo's Arts, Shopping & Harbourfront district, the Coast Bastion Hotel is Nanaimo’s premiere hotel and conference centre. Relax in Minnoz Steak & Seafood Restaurant and Lounge, and/or our onsite spa and salon.
UPSCALE, AFFORDABLE We promise to spoil you with welcome tapas, quality linens, chocolates on your pillow and sumptuous artful breakfasts. We are a close walk to the ocean, the bistro, and mid island. Enjoy the full upper floor of our home. Check us out on Trip Advisor
Getaway accommodations on an enchanting waterfront acreage. 12 spacious guestrooms plus a self contained cottage. Kiwi fruit grown here too. Gazebo in the vineyard, pets on approval, great for retreat groups, reunions, weddings. 20 minutes south of Nanaimo.
Open year round, Rondalyn Resort offers fun for the whole family! Full-service sites and charming camping cabins.
Conveniently located near downtown Nanaimo, the Colonial Motel is within walking distance to the Departure Bay ferry terminal, Maffeo Sutton Park, and many other prime locations.
Spectacular Executive Oceanfront B & B at Rocky Point. Gourmet Breakfasts, private decks, hot tub overlooking the ocean, luxurious king beds. Enjoy our fireplaces, games room, cappuccino bar, flat screen tv & WiFi. There are extensive gardens, wildlife, sea lions.
Nice Rooms - Great People When you stay at Travelodge Nanaimo you can look forward to excellent service, a comfy room and a price that will make you smile. Located only 2 minutes from the BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal, and historic downtown Nanaimo.
Make your day trips from the elegant, spectacular harbour view rooms and suites of the BEST WESTERN Dorchester located in Nanaimo's city centre.
The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is centrally located downtown Nanaimo. The hotel boasts an excellent location adjacent to the seawall where guests can experience the vibrant waterfront just steps away with many charming boutiques and parkland. Free parking.
The Grand Hotel Nanaimo is located in the north-end of Nanaimo in British Columbia. We are a 72-room property featuring Traditional, Deluxe, Executive, and Honeymoon suites that offer the most modern technological amenities.
Visit Page's Resort & Marina on beautiful Gabriola Island and you will be welcomed to secluded, fully equipped seaside cottages, a pristine campground surrounded by forests and offering ocean views, and a full service marina providing quiet nightly moorage.
Stay at our non-smoking Ramada Nanaimo hotel to get the most out of your trip to Vancouver Island. Our Nanaimo hotel near Vancouver Island Conference Centre offers easy access to the BC ferry terminals and popular area attractions.
Located easy walking distance from Downtown Nanaimo, our motel offers rooms and suites with kitchenettes, air-conditioning, cable TV and free high-speed wi-fi. We're pet-friendly, have our own laundry facilities and tons of free parking right at your doorstep too.
Ken built WurHere B&B in 2007. There is the main house with 2 separate suites attached. Each suite is fully self-contained with a private entrance and a private deck area.
The Marinaside Resort has the most luxurious hotel in Nanaimo. We have the largest hotel suites on Vancouver Island. Our Presidential suites are 700+- square feet, has a full hi-end kitchen (not kitchenette), complete with cooking wares.
Value Lodge Motel is one of the largest motels located on Vancouver island. At our lodge we offer comfort at an affordable price.
Nanaimo’s Painted Turtle Guesthouse is an accommodation for travelers to Vancouver Island and Nanaimo, providing unrivaled amenities and a home-away-from-home whether you are staying for one night, a week or a month. We offer a variety of flexible accommodation options.
Oceanfront camping on scenic Gabriola Island. Walking distance from the ferries and close to the village center. Kayaking rentals and tours run right out of the park!
Descanso Bay Regional Park is one of those undiscovered gems.
The Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) was founded in 1995 at Wildwood Ecoforest, and is dedicated to the principles and practices of ecoforestry. We have stewarded Wildwood Ecoforest since 2001 and now hold the property in trust on behalf of the public.
Located in the heart of North Nanaimo’s shopping district, the Best Western Northgate offers a warm friendly atmosphere with all the conveniences of a home away from home. Offering cleanliness and comfort in 72 newly renovated rooms.
This lovely 40 acre campground features 100 beautiful campsites, 52 of them fully serviced RV sites, that will remind you of the camping trips of your childhood. Venture out into the countryside, and enjoy the Vancouver Island Wilderness.
The Inn on Long Lake is more than just a place to spend the night in our newly renovated guest rooms—your experience starts from the moment you step onto your own private balcony and let your gaze stretch across the tree-lined waters of Long Lake.
Luxury accommodation 1050 sq ft ~self catering Salish Suite, private entrance - or deliciously original Gourmet Fusions~ B&B. Both have private balcony views of the Sea, fine linens, spacious and immaculate bathrooms, and comfortable living space. Views of Departure Bay
Bluebird Motel is centrally located just 5 minutes away from many of Nanaimo's favourite spots such as Terminal Park shopping centre (McDonalds, Starbucks, Cobbs Bread, TD Bank, Burger Kings, etc), Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and Marina.
VIU Residences provides comfortable, affordable and convenient accommodation including breakfast and Wi-Fi. Close to transportation hubs and sports facilities, we offer suites, apartments and dorms with kitchens and living space.
20 acres of rural hospitality. The comforts of home, nature's bounty, and fine Island country living.
Days Inn Harbourview is centrally located in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
The Waterfront Suites and Marina offers residence-style accommodation for guests visiting Nanaimo for business, university studies or pleasure. Originally designed as bachelor suites, our rooms are very spacious and come equipped with full kitchens and private balconies
We offer immaculate, spacious, and luxurious short-term accommodations to both Vancouver Island locals, and visitors alike. Our affordable rental homes are comfortable and fully furnished, providing all the necessities you would find in your own home.
Close to ferries, city centre, bus route, golf, bowling, bike trails, lake fishing and swimming, nature trails. Amenities incl. full/partial/unserviced hookups, wireless internet, games room, store, boat rentals, playground, hot showers and laundry facility.
53 acres of forested waterfront, with 300 spacious sites and premium facilities. Multi award winning park. Minutes to town, in a world of its own!
You will be the only guests. Private entrance, a sitting area with your cold breakfast and a microwave. Separate bedroom with a queen size bed and fold out cote. A four piece ensuite. Fully fenced back yard with huge cedar trees. Most pets welcome.
Overlooking Bowen Park, this 2-storey budget motel is a 4-minute walk from the waterfront, a 15-minute walk from Downtown and 2 km from BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal. Simple rooms have Internet access, TVs, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemaking facilities.
Family-operated,centrally located, minutes from Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. One & two bedroom kitchenette units.
2 bedrooms w/ ensuites, kitchen & living area with harbour views. Garden patio, laundry, parking. Private entrance. $95 - 1 bedroom or $160 for both.
The Best Western Dorchester Hotel is conveniently located right downtown near the bustling Nanaimo Harbour, offering excellent views, professional service, immaculate rooms and extensive hotel features for your enjoyment.
Your budget will think you skimped by finding a cheap hotel – but you’ll know better as you enjoy the comforts of this motel and the convenience of being in the centre of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.