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.
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.
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.
Adrenaline pumping to scenic serenity, these adventures should top your “Must Do” list.
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Walk the beaches and groves of Nanaimo while experiencing food and fun, west coast style.
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We create authentic, intimate and memorable tours that honour the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that inspire stories that last a lifetime!
Parks, Recreation and Environment's mission is to “enhance the quality of life and leisure in Nanaimo.” Join us for public swimming, public skating, a workout in one of our fitness gyms or visit one of our many parks and trails.
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Welcome to Saysutshun/Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park in Snuneymuxw traditional territories. Come explore what we have to offer!
Discover your own "tall tale"! Along the Nanaimo River, our 17-acre Park is home to an array of scenery and fun.
Experience our lively downtown waterfront! Our picturesque marina sits amongst a variety of shops, eateries and view.
Up in the pristine Cassidy Highlands just south of Nanaimo BC lies a home where the buffalo roam on beautifully sculpted fields which is the home of Bob Wilson's, Morning Star Bison Ranch.
Tracks Outdoor Adventures INC, locally owned and operated tour company in Nanaimo since 2001. Offering authentic, personable tour experiences in Nanaimo &Vancouver Island. History & Cultural, Wine &Culinary, Nature Sightseeing. Group sizes from 4-400, Follow FB & IG
We are a family operated marine-guided adventure charter on Vancouver Island, based out of Nanaimo, BC. Coastal Blue takes you on fishing and exploring adventures in and around Nanaimo and the surrounding Gulf Islands an Sailish Sea.
The Island School of Building Arts (ISBA) has been teaching the craft of Log and Timber building to students from around the world for 22 years. Located on Gabriola Island, ISBA offers an unparalleled learning experience. Log cabins and Timber Frames for sale.
Experience the coolest adventures on Vancouver Island at Horne Lake. Daily guided tours for cave exploring, rock rappelling the Horne Lake Amazing Race, and sweet sunset paddles. Also spectacular lakefront camping, canoe and kayak rentals and summer camps.
We create authentic, intimate and memorable visitor experiences while honouring the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that will inspire stories that last a lifetime!
We offer “Family Fun in the Country” from mid August-October. Come enjoy our 7 acre maze, farm animals and hayrides.
Brackish Adventures offer a mobile service for kayak & stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours and lessons in various location in the Nanaimo to Nanoose Bay region.
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.
IT ALL STARTS HERE Your fun paddling adventure begins at the doorstep to the stunning natural beauty of the Gulf Islands. Silva Bay Kayak Adventures offers kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding tours - from a relaxing two hours - to multi-day expeditions.
Ramble On MTB shuttle provides mountain bike shuttling to Doumont Mountain in Nanaimo BC.
Riders may be picked up at a few select locations or service may be pre-booked.
Select locations include:
- Steve Smith bike park
- Nanaimo Tourist Centre (Hwy 19)
An exceptional course with a fabulous restaurant and patio. Come join us at Cottonwood!
The Plane is waiting to take you on a spectacular Flightseeing adventure. Soar over stunning coastline + islands. Explore glacier lakes, majestic waterfalls + snowcapped mountains.
Sailing + cruising + rides +tours + customized adventures + special events.
Flying the coast since 1982, Harbour Air Seaplanes offers scheduled flights, scenic tours and private flights. Connect between Nanaimo Harbour and downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR) and Sechelt. Let’s fly!
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Fairwinds Golf Club is one of Vancouver Island’s finest courses. The mild climate of Nanoose Bay allows you to play on lush fairways year-round. The well manicured course is known to be a challenging course, often referred to as a “Thinking Golfers” course.
Hub City Cycles is a non-profit community service cooperative who’s purpose is to be a resource that nourishes the neighbourhoods of Nanaimo by providing affordable bicycle-centric services such as repairs, rentals, tool use instruction, and more!
We offer a world class whale watching experience with a focus on conservation and sustainability. We guarantee you'll see a whale, or your next trip is free! Join us on a 3-4 hour trip to see killer whales, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles, and more!
Rated as one of the best cold water destinations in the world, Vancouver Island diving is without question unlike any other on the planet.Based in Nanaimo, we are only minutes from the Ferry Landing and Local Airport.
GERTIE is Gabriola’s Community Bus, which enables visitors to make self-guided tours of the Island, sans car!
West Coast Helicopters is the fastest and most exciting way to see all the wild and untouched spaces of Vancouver Island and the West Coast. With bases strategically located in Nanaimo, Campbell River, Port Mcneil and Bella Coola, we cover it all!
Nanaimo Golf Club is a well renowned and highly respected semi-private golf course in the heart of Vancouver Island. We offer a variety of affordable membership options and welcome public players to our course and practice facilities.
A wildlife adventure for the whole family! Live raptors, black bears and more. Open 9–5 daily March through Dec 21.
Book a Guided Segway Tour of beautiful Bowen Park. Daily tours on a pre-booked basis. One and 1 1/2 hour tours. Our experienced guides will ensure you are prepared to safely glide through the varied trails of this West Coast Park in the Heart of Nanaimo.