Outdoor Adventure - Tourism Nanaimo

Nanaimo’s outdoor playground is unparalleled. Located in the heart of Vancouver Island, this harbour city opens the door on 360 degrees of adventure: paddle the calm waters of the lakes in and around Nanaimo, then set your nautical compass for Newcastle Island (Saysutshun), traditional land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Stand tall after climbing 1,000 meters to the peak of Mount Benson, and feel the immensity of the full circle view. The thrill-seeking travellers surmount heart-pounding challenges with adventure courses, bungee jumping and zip-lining through the tree-tops.

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"Nanaimo has a friendly cycling community and an abundance of world class trails to satisfy all abilities. The climate here is mild making it the perfect spot for year round riding. Nanaimo is truly a mountain biking paradise!"
Kevin Brown
"I always encourage visitors to spend time on the trail to Mount Benson, the best place to see how Nanaimo sits in the world."
Fred Jeffery
"There is so much natural beauty and history in Nanaimo. One of my favourite places to visit is Morden Mine Historical Park. Of course, I can't forget to mention the joy of indulging in one of the many varieties of the Nanaimo Bar."
Paula Plecas
Biking
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Biking
Nanaimo is home to a pair of Vancouver Island’s favourite Mountain Bike Trail riding destinations. Ride the singletrack and cross-country lines of Doumont or Westwood Lake – it’s fun for the whole family – or go solo and connect with our friendly riding community. Explore our fantastic selection of challenging and fun tracks that will push you to your limits and keep you coming back for more.

It takes a lot of time in the seat to become a great rider, but the trail isn’t the only place to improve your riding skills. Check out the Stevie Smith Pump and Jump track, in the middle of Nanaimo, to improve your ability to create momentum and to practice landing big jumps with grace and style. Connect with the locals to learn about our riding community and what’s new in the world of MTB.

Road riders will appreciate the 20km Nanaimo Parkway Trail, a paved, mixed-use trail that runs parallel to the highway and connects many of our parks and recreation facilities. A great ride for all ages.
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Hiking
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Hiking
Trails in Nanaimo go everywhere, from the oceanside to mountain summits. No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’ll find a walking trail or park close by, offering hours of quiet outdoor recreation.
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Sport and Leisure
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Sport and Leisure
We have traditional golf, disc golf, outstanding spots to picnic, and a highly engaged sporting community, with excellent football, baseball, field hockey, rugby, and lacrosse teams. Enjoy your favourite activity by yourself or with friends, or connect with our local community and enjoy a warm and welcome experience.

We’re a very pet-friendly community, with a dozen off-leash parks to explore with your fur-children and many pet-friendly hotels. Pick up some useful information in the Tourism Nanaimo Visitor Centre while your pup makes friends in the fully fenced, off-leash dog park.

If it can be done outdoors, it’s probably happening in Nanaimo. Join us and enjoy the great outdoors.
Nanaimo Tours
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Nanaimo Tours
Let someone else plan the ultimate excursion in Nanaimo, so you can rest and relax with the knowledge that everything will be taken care of. We have a great selection of local tour operators offering custom tours of Nanaimo and the interesting destinations around us. Take a sightseeing tour of the Pacific Rim National Park and Cathedral Grove; go caving in the caves Horne Lake; or let your driver take you to some of the local breweries and wineries for a tour of the vineyards and tasting rooms.
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