NANAIMO’S TOP TEN THINGS TO DO.
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Nanaimo Bar Trail
So you’ve got a sweet tooth, do you? Follow this self-guided tasting trail to discover all the secret variations of the legendary Nanaimo Bar dessert. Your taste buds will love you!
Snorkel with harbour seals
Ever wondered what it feels like to swim with seals? Well, now’s your chance to find out! Take a boat charter from the harbour to meet these playful pups in their natural habitat. No experience or gear required – just a swim suit.
With the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, sailing has got to be one of the purest forms of escape. Relax and let your skipper attend to the sails while you take in the sights, wildlife and action of the Nanaimo Harbour. Your vessel awaits!
Craft Beverages and Culinary Tour
Welcome fellow wine snobs, beer fanatics and bonafide foodies from far and wide – we can’t wait to share our tasty vittles with you! Book a culinary, craft beverage and/or Estate Winery tour with one of our fun and knowledgeable local guides to treat your palate to the Island’s finest.
Historic Cannon Firing
Did you know that Nanaimo was originally established as a Hudson Bay Company trading hub? These 19th century cannons were part of the original defenses, and are still functional! You can watch the daily cannon firing ceremony – accompanied by bagpipes – on the waterfront at 12 noon, May thru September.
For those who love to explore and witness different ways of life, a journey to Newcastle, Protection or Gabriola Islands will provide a unique glimpse into the West Coast lifestyle. These islands are only a short ferry ride away, each with their own distinct trails, culture, arts, events and dining. Get hopping!
For the ultimate artisan experience, we recommend driving along the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail loop. There’s plenty of beautiful stops along the way, providing a chance to visit farms, meet local growers, and chat with artists who are famous for crafting one of a kind creations!
Fishing and Crabbing Charter
Whether you are an experienced fisherman or have yet to feel the thrill of catching a meal on a hook, Nanaimo & Region’s fishing and crabbing charters will not disappoint! One of our local guides can get you out on the water, where you’ll be able to catch fresh seafood and bring it ashore for a feast!
Nothing clears the mind and calms the spirit like a good paddle. The protected waters of the Nanaimo region’s lakes and harbours are full of secret coves and inlets to explore by kayak, canoe or paddle board. This is one of the best ways to spot rare wildlife or catch the perfect coastal sunset!
Nanaimo’s Natural Wonders
With some many nature-rich parks to chose from in the Nanaimo region, peace and quiet is never hard to find. Common favourites include the tidal lagoon at Pipers Park, sandstone rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, the Abyss fault line, and Ammonite Falls. Ask a local about their favourite natural wonders!
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