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Best things to do in Nanaimo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Gift Shop
“Great assortment of stores including the Bay, Guava, Bootlegger, Urban Planet etc. Also has a great food court, little playground for kids, stores that have useful amenities (e.g. Walmart)”
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Park
“Gorgeous place to walk, not swim, a great little place to get married perhaps?”
31local recommendations
Beach
“Beautiful for photography , nice walking trail , and beach ( cool for swimming ) ”
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Theatre
“Check out the seasonal offerings at this auditorium in Nanaimo about a 30 - 40 minute drive on the 19 Hwy from Nanoose Bay.”
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Natural Feature
“Only a short walk on passenger ferry ride over to a small island park off Maffeo Suttun Park downtown nanaimo. Walking trails, picnic tables and beautiful views of Nanaimo. ”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Great breakfast and lunch cafe. Very busy in the weekends. Chef owned Farm to table cuisine. ”
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Lake
“Lake beach with life guards, sand , tables and toilets . long hiking trail around the lake beside The Bethlehem Retreat ”
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Pub
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“Follow the waterfront and take the foot passenger ferry over. Bring cash for the ferry, its all they accept. $10 return trip on the ferry. The only floating pub in Canada.”
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History Museum
“A great museum to learn about the history of Nanaimo. Some great exhibits with a well stocked gift shop.”
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Restaurant
“Its "THE" Greek Place to eat with full authenticity and a character called Peter , and he's the BOMB on all fronts ..excellent food excellent service and excellent experience ”
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Sushi Restaurant
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“Best sushi restaurant on Vancouver island. Very busy, I would suggest to make reservations. ”
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Café
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“Great coffee, close to our AirBnB on Albert St, licensed and live music in the evenings.”
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Park
“This place is located down the street when you follow the seawall. Many events are held here. Fireworks July 20th. Also silly boat races, Dragon boat races, Zip lining and free concerts in the evenings certain days during the summer. ”
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Park
“Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city, with most of the 36 hectare park remaining undeveloped. A series of interpretive trails meander along the Millstone River. A leisurely stroll leads to a scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool (summer), sports fields, curling club, outdoor lacrosse box, disc golf (discs can be borrowed at registration counter), tennis courts, horseshoe 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. Bowen Park was donated to the City of Nanaimo in 1918 by the Western Fuel Company of San Francisco with a condition for park purpose only. Official land title registration took place in 1931.”
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Cinema
“The Galaxy Cinema is a multiplex theater in Nanaimo with stadium seating and comfortable reclining seats located in the Rutherford Mall. ”
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Gastropub
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“Airy, mountain view, fireplaces ,comfortable ambiance. Good service, great food, on-site brewery, live music. .. 10 minute walk away.”
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