Air tours

The Sunshine Coast plane is waiting to take you on a spectacular flight seeing adventure. Soar over stunning coastine, islands and the Sechelt Inlet experiencing the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery. You can expand your exploration to include glacier lakes, majestic waterfalls, and snow tipped mountains. 250-591-1810. 90 Front St, Nanaimo.

New to 2020 : Now offering a reduced rate for Locals to explore their own backyard !. Your scenic flight adventure will become a special memory to enjoy and share.Let us show you a new view of the beautiful place you call home!

100% LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED. BUY LOCAL. FLY LOCAL.
Josh Ramsay owner and operated of Sunshine Coast Air took over Tofino Air in Sechelt in 2015. Josh has been living and flying seaplanes on the Sunshine Coast for over 13 years with over 15,000 hours of flying experience.

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Breweries

White Sails Brewing- Click Here

Brewery and Taproom located in downtown Nanaimo. Clean, crisp, award winning beers. 8 signature beers from robust dark beers to crisp lagers. Open daily!

Longwood Brew- Click Here

A unique brewery that has partnered with local farmers to grow and malt quality barley and hops. Tasting Room and Patio is open. 250-591-2739. 101A-2046 Boxwood Rd.

Cliffside Brewing- Click Here

6 Signature beers, roasted Porter to a light Blonde Ale. Unit D 11 Cliff St. Nanaimo.

Wolf Brewing Company- Click Here

A combination of rich flavours of the Pacific North with an old world style of brewing. Built on local connections with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Book a tour. Flight tastings available. 940 Old Victoria Rd. 250-716-2739

Art and Galleries

Nanaimo Art Gallery- Click Here

Located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Current Exhibitions, “Small Gatherings” about the relationships between gathering and care. July 24th to August 29th. Followed by “Boarder X”. 150 Commercial St. Nanaimo. 250-754-1750

Golden Otter Gallery- Permanently Closed

Features a curated collection of art that reflects our shared island values of conservation and respect for nature. Here one can find a place where they can support local artists in the acquisition of original, locally made artwork for their homes. 250-753-0497. 34 Nicol Street

Nanaimo Museums

Vancouver Island Military Museum- Click Here

More than 25 exhibits and displays showcasing Canada’s proud Military History and Traditions. For more than a quarter century, the museum has assembled a truly impressive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts from the War of 1812 right through to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. 250-753-3814. 100 Cameron Rd. Nanaimo

Nanaimo Museum- Click Here

Located in the downtown core. The museum features several permanent exhibits that help visitors understand Nanaimo’s past and present. Guests can walk through a replica coal mine, discover what life was like for the early Snuneymuxw First Nation, and find out how the Nanaimo’s World Championship Bathtub Race began. Feature Exhibits, sharing world class displays. During Covid there is limited hours, and entry to the gallery is by timed admission. 100 Museum Way

Nanaimo’s Bastion- Click Here

Closed for 2020 summer season. The last remaining wooden Hudson’s Bay Company bastion in North America. The Bastion is a symbol of Nanaimo that serves a a miniature trade-era Museum. The first floor is dedicated to the Hudson’s Bay Company day-to-day trading operations, the second floor shows off its cannons and armaments, and the third floor displays colonial miner artifacts and tools used to build The Bastion. The Bastion is open to the public between May Long Weekend and Labor Day. It is one of the most enduring and iconic symbols of Nanaimo. Our main entrance is directly beside Serious Coffee on Museum Way, and our elevator & parkade entrance is through the VI Conference Centre lobby via Gordon Street. 100 Museum Way. 250-753-1829

 

Movie Theatres in Nanaimo

Landmark Cinemas 8 Avalon Theatre Nanaimo, 3D Theatre: Click Here

Woodgrove Shopping Centre, 6631 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, 250-390-5018.

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo: Click Here

213-4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, 250-729-8000.

 

Nanaimo Markets

Nanaimo Farmers Market

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Island Roots Bowen Market

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Cedar Farmer’s Market

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Our market features locally grown fruit & vegetables, ethically raised meat, sustainable seafood, potted plants, fresh cut flowers, pottery, jewelry, food trucks, hot locally-roasted coffee, home-made ice cream, all-natural bath & beauty care, home decor, and so much more!

Nanaimo Parks, Walks, Hikes, Ride, Courts and Swimming

Nanaimo is known as the Harbour city. Home of two ferry terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay. Approx 2 hours sailing time to Vancouver. 1.25 to Victoria on Hwy 1 Trans Canada Hwy.

Nanaimo Harbourfront walkway-

Is a multi-use trail along the Newcastle Channel and downtown waterfront. Wheelchair accessible.

Ammonite Falls-

Is one of the three significant waterfalls in Benson Creek, in Mount Benson’s northwestern foothills. Jameson Rd is a popular access to Ammonite Falls. For more information call 250-248-3252

Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park-

Is a wilderness park located between Departure and Hammond Bay. The network of trails within the park will take you through various landscapes from forested trails to valleys, fields and rocky knolls. The city managed portion of the parkland includes groomed trails and maintained boardwalks. 3669 Rock City Road.

Westwood Lake Park-

Is one of Nanaimo’s best loved parks. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Benson it is a year round destination. There is a 5.51km trail around the lake, the lake trail is considered an easy walking trail. The main beach area near the paved parking lot is Nanaimo’s only lifeguard patrolled fresh water swimming spot. Washroom and change room on site. Small playground located at the second beach near the gravel parking lot. 381 Westwood Road

Parks and Recreation-

Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city, with most of the 36 hectare park remaining undeveloped. A leisurely stroll leads to scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species. Includes an outdoor swimming pool(Summer), Sports fields, Curling Club, Outdoor LaCrosse box, Disc Golf (Discs can be borrowed at registration counter), Tennis Courts, Horse Shoe Pitches, Sand Volleyball Courts, Two Playgrounds, Lawn Bowling Green and an Outdoor amphitheatre available for weddings and other private events. There are also Two covered picnic shelters. 500 Bowen Rd, 250-756-5200.

Loudon park and Walkway-

Is a popular spot year round for swimming, various paddling sports, walking, and fishing. On a hot summer day with the sandy beach and swimming float the park is a great place to be. The walking trail runs along the shoreline between Norwell Drive and 101 street. It is a gentle walk but is uneven in some sections. 4295 Victoria Avenue.

Nanaimo Aquatic and Recreation-

Centre. Pool is closed during Covid 19.

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