Sparkling ocean views, majestic mountain ranges and creative personalities contribute to the dynamic atmosphere and eclectic character of this island community.

Shore Excursion Opportunities
There are many things to see and do in Nanaimo. Cruise passengers can play a round of golf, tour the local wineries, or venture outside for an ocean adventure or wildlife tour.
  • Sightseeing of the city and surrounding areas
  • Flightseeing tours by floatplane
  • Winery tours to the Cowichan Valley
  • First Nations culture and adventure
  • Ocean adventures such as kayaking and marine wildlife tours
  • Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and walking tours
  • Scuba diving to three artificial reefs
  • Golfing excursions
  • Shopping shuttle to major shopping areas
  • Tours to Cathedral Grove and Alberni Pacific Steam Train
  • Tours to Milner Gardens and the Wildlife Recovery Centre

Left: Native centre Right: Outdoor craft market
Dining And Shopping
As the second largest city on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo combines a spectacular natural setting with an abundance of urban attractions.
  • Public Open Farmers Market on port of call days
  • Harbour-front walkway lined with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and parklands
  • Major retail outlets and numerous unique shops
  • Three downtown shopping districts: the Waterfront; the Arts District; and the Old City Quarter
  • Public and private art galleries featuring famous and local West Coast artists, including traditional First Nations art
  • Variety of unique West Coast and ethnic restaurants
  • Canada's only floating pub and restaurant

Left: Cathedral Grove walking tour Right: Hiking
Major Attractions
Nanaimo's central location and diverse community offer a multitude of sights, activities and events.
  • Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park
  • Nanaimo Harbour and Harbourside Walkway
  • Hudson's Bay Bastion
  • Cathedral Grove old-growth forest
  • Nanaimo District Museum
  • Port Theatre
  • Vancouver Island's largest shopping centre

Left: Valley winery
Above: Milner gardens