Pipers Lagoon Park
(Picture BC photo)


Things to Do

Newcastle Island Marine Park (Picture BC photo)

Newcastle Island Marine Park (Picture BC photo)

Nanaimo is an urban oasis that sits comfortably between the Strait of Georgia to the east and a surrounding Vancouver Island landscape of peaks, valleys and forested wilderness.

The result is the best of both worlds as cosmopolitan pursuits are balanced by a vast range of recreational opportunities. All the urbane pleasures of a modestly big city – dining, shopping, museums, festivals and art galleries included – can be enjoyed here.

Self-guided walking tours allow visitors to discover Nanaimo's rich history while exploring a smartly restored downtown streetscape that circles from the inner harbour up the hill to the Old City Quarter.

A focus of activities is the remarkable waterfront in the centre of "Harbour City." Take a morning, noon or evening stroll along the Harbourfront Walkway, which stretches for 4km/2.5mi from the downtown harbour to Departure Bay. Shop, dine, grab a designer coffee, cast a line off the fishing pier, picnic at Maffeo Sutton Park or take a dip in saltwater Swy-A-Lana Lagoon along the way. The pedestrian-only Lion's Great Bridge allows one to march on towards the ferry terminal. 

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