Colorful flags stretch across a lively street adorned with quaint shops and flowering baskets, illuminated by soft sunset light.

Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential.

Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes, and spend more time in the places you want to be. As the second largest city on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo promises a lively and unique urban experience.

Downtown along Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent, and Fitzwilliam Street is a thriving mix of restaurants, music venues, shops, First Nations galleries, and exciting nightspots. The outdoors can be enjoyed with hiking, mountain biking ,ziplining, bungee jumping, fishing and more! Seaplane and helicopter tours are available from the Nanaimo Harbour. Take a day trip to Saysutshun Island, it’s only a ten minute ferry ride from Maffeo Sutton Park.