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Boats in harbour of waterfront marina in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo, BC


OVERVIEW

Take the ferry from Vancouver to visit Nanaimo—the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, with plenty of outdoor activities and adventures for everyone, situated along one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada. 

Nanaimo map with BC Ferries routes and nearby cities on Vancouver Island

Top things to do

Explore activities

Live Like a Local: Hiking and Lifestyle Tour

With stunning natural beauty and a variety of different trails for every experience level, Vancouver Island is the perfect place to explore with an afternoon hike. Join Explore Vancouver Island on a approx.. 4-hour hiking tour for people of every fitness and ability. Choose the best option for your hiking level, whether it’s an easy, gentle stroll, on a well maintained trail, or a hike for those who are moderately active with some inclines and elevation changes, or a difficult trail that is bound to get the blood pumping with many inclines or stairs, and more technical terrain. Whichever path you choose, the views and sights are sure to be worth the effort.

Highlights: 

  • Choice between three experience levels (easy, medium, difficult).
  • Guided hike with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Lunch at a local café.
  • Pick-up and drop-off in the comfort of a private shuttle bus.
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FROM
$80.00
per adult

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Not Your Average Wine Tour - Comox Valley

Venture through the Comox Valley region in the comfort of a private bus as Explore Vancouver Island takes you on an 8-hour wine tour. Knowledgeable guides will take you on a detailed tour through two wineries, a brewery, and a distillery which includes a delicious locally sourced farm-to-table lunch. 

Highlights: 
Enjoy 4 stops: 2 wineries, 1 brewery, 1 distillery.
Tastings are included at each stop.
One farm to table lunch is included during the tour.
Pick-up and drop-off in the comfort of a private shuttle bus.

Learn more >

FROM
$175.00
per adult

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Nearby cities

Person walking on wooden boardwalk alongside beach in Parksville on Vancouver Island

Parksville

Drive 30 minutes north from Nanaimo to visit Parksville, offering long sandy beaches, lots of water sports, and plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes. Known as Canada's Riviera, Parksville is the perfect destination for romantic getaways and family fun. 

Aerial view of Ladysmith Harbour on Vancouver Island

Ladysmith

Just 20 minutes south of Nanaimo sits the picturesque town of Ladysmith, on the 49th Parallel, where you can take part in a variety of outdoor pursuits or simply relax at a café or restaurant on the harbour, or browse local shops and art galleries. One of the oldest settlements on Vancouver Island, today the attractive little town still has an Edwardian feel.

Coastline of Port Alberni with Camper Trailer driving along road

Port Alberni

Drive to Port Alberni for a variety of activities and attractions. Close to Barkley Sound, Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Rim National Park, Port Alberni is the perfect base for exploring the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Main Street in Chemainus BC with people walking alongside Cafe and flowers in the foreground

Chemainus

Chemainus has won international acclaim for its successful revitalization project, which began in 1982 with the unveiling of five large murals, all professionally painted onto existing downtown buildings. It is also home to great theatre, restaurants and natural beauty. 


 
 
 

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