Canyon Zip Line
Overlooking Cameron Lake
Second Starting off Point For visiting the Island
Too beautiful, too expensive.
Celebrating the local salmon
(work in progress)You don't have to spend very long in British Columbia to realise that salmon in all its incarnations forms a major component of the province's economy. Given its economic significance, it's not surprising that the salmon is celebrated in local artforms,...
Whimsical art celebrating local history
(work in progress)I love it when art is used to transform an everyday item into something that's interesting as well as functional, so I was delighted to find this amusing piece next to the casino.A large metal box (presumably housing telephone or electrical infrastructure)...
The Nanaimo Museum displays the history of this Pioneer town from its founding year till present. The perminent exhibition addresses Nanaimo's lifestyles, the Coal Mine, the Harbour, In The News, the Snunéymuxw, Educating Nanaimo, Timber! , the Bastion Era and the Sports...
Strolling along the harbour
Strolling around the harbour is a natural things to do. You can walk at the water at the low side or along the street higher up the hill.
Cathedral Grove-God's Country
Cathedral Grove is situated in Macmillan Provincial Park.It is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas Fir ecosystem here on Vancouver Island.The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 metres(250 ft) in height and 9 metres(29 ft) in...
Bungy zone(Wild Play park)
Bungy Zone is one of several adventure parks situated around British Colombia,Recently renamed as Wild Play Parks.This one is just minutes south of Nanaimo at the side of the highway.It offers the Spirited individual a chance to let go and have some real adventure.Bungy...
Inn On Long Lake
1 Review and 73 Opinions Hotel/motel Long Lake inn is the best stay in Nanaimo for your dollar .Situated close to highway and...
Best Western Dorchester Hotel
1 Review and 122 Opinions This hotel was cheaper than the other hotels that we booked during the trip, but much better. The...
Javawocky Coffee House: Coffe at the harbour
The Javawocky Coffee House is a small coffeehouse at the Nanaimo harbour with a few seats inside and some additional outside. Their drinks are perfect and so are the muffins and other small food, including the local Nanaimo Bar.
The Dinghy Dock: Pub & Bistro
There is a ferry that goes to the pub, every hour during the day. See the web side for more information.
I had pizza and it was really good, but not as good as the dessert. The dessert was fantastic, read the note, the name says it all.
Queen's Hotel: Live music every night
Local artists and featured bands. Eclectic bunch of patrons - grannies to teeny-boppers, hippies to bikers. If you get a chance to see Wunderbread (70's disco band), go - they always get the place hopping.
70Below: GBLT Nightlife
70below is one of the best nightclubs I have had the luck of visiting.The atmosphere is fabulous, the music is always wonderful and they ALWAYS play your requests if they have it. Guaranteed to make friends, even if you only go out for one night (though I couldn't keep...
Ferry to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)
You can catch a ferry at the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo for a trip to Horseshoe Bay just north of Vancouver in under two hours. Cars are allowed on this BC ferry, but be sure to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes early in order to ensure there's a space...
B.C. Ferries have two terminals in Nanaimo. The south terminal at Duke Point receives passengers and cars arriving from Tsawassen south of Vancouver and the Departure Bay terminal is the docking point for ferries arriving from Horsehoe Bay in West Vancouver.Crossing time:...
Commericial Street: The Main Shopping Street
Commericial Street is the right name for this curved street that is one of a kind in the mostly straight running Nanaimo streets. Both sides of this street are packed with shop, restaurants and some other businesses. In short: There's something for everyone.
Fascinating Rhythm: 25 Years of grammophone records
Fascinating Rhythm isNanaimo's premier independent music shop since 1988. The store sells Compact Discs, Records, Movies and Books. It's one of the Top 5 best records stores in Canada and for a reason. I had a hard time to use my limited time while trying to select records...
Musicians on the street
After enjoying the beautiful sunset in Nanaimo, we stopped to listen the performance of this music group. I am very sorry but I forgot to write down the name of the band. The music that they performed was really good.
Written Aug 27, 2006
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Traffic lights on the way to the Nanaimo ferry
CatherineReichardt 2262 reviews
(work in progress)
When your trip is of limited duration, there's always a particular temptation to try and get the most out of your time by cutting it fine when travelling back to your point of departure.
Which is a risky strategy if you're driving back to catch the ferry from Nanaimo from the north (ie. Tofino/Ucluelet/Port Alberni side). The road signage is great, and when you come across the turnoff from the 'highway' that indicates that you only have 10km to go to the ferry terminal, you may be excused for thinking that your worries are behind you.
Think again. This stretch of road is lined with retail outlets and light industrial development, and there is an intersection with traffic lights virtually every kilometre: what's even more galling is that they don't seem to be particularly well synchronised. Travelling this last 10km section took us nearly half an hour in light traffic, and could take much longer in heavier traffic or if there were roadworks or an accident.
In off peak periods, missing the ferry wouldn't be catastrophic, as they run every hour. However, if you're visiting in the high season and/or have a booking for a ferry at a particular time, things could get more problematic, so be prudent and allow yourself sufficient travel time to negotiate this last section of road in a stress-free manner.
Updated Nov 6, 2012
Coombs is a really cool little town north of Nanaimo, about 20 miles or so. There is a general store there that has put the town on the map, so to speak. It's called the Goats on the Roof General Store. The roof on the old store is sod and a family of goats can often be seen...
Walk Buttertubs Marsh Wildlife Santuary
This marsh has great walking trails around it. This is a great place to relax, feed the ducks and bird watch. There is a lookout tower and benches along the trail. Note that pets are not allowed in the park due to the large number of birds.Check out all my...
Perhaps the best tourist brochure I've ever used?
(work in progress)It may seem unlikely, but possibly the best free travel brochure that I've ever come across is the 2012 Official Nanaimo Tourism Guide.What makes it so good? Well, quite simply, it is an outstanding example of a town putting its best foot forward by...
Tourism OfficeTourism Nanaimo 2290 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 3K7 - Tel.: (+1) 800 663 73 37- Tel.: (+1) 250 756 01 06- Fax: (+1) 250 756 00 75Internet:- www.tourismnanaimo.com- www.nanaimo.ca- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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