Nanaimo Holiday Travel Information

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Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s second biggest city, sitting 113 km away from Victoria. Nicknamed the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World," bathtub racing is indeed a popular sport in the city. The city began as an important trading post during the early 19th century. An influx of Chinese immigrants came …

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We help you find the best Nanaimo hotels. From luxurious hotels to practical apartments, these are our most popular accommodations in Nanaimo, according to other travellers like you.

Things to see and do in Nanaimo

Laurel W | Trip by SkyscannerMacMillan Provincial Park
MacMillan Provincial Park
Tracy C | Trip by SkyscannerMaffeo Sutton Park
Maffeo Sutton Park
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Bowser
Isobel P | Trip by SkyscannerNewcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
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Tourism Vancouver Island
Makaely R | Trip by SkyscannerNeck Point Park
Neck Point Park
Nona Barker | Trip by SkyscannerNanaimo Harbour
Nanaimo Harbour

Reviews of Nanaimo

Taaja K
Taaja K
22/04/2017

My husband and I and our children have spent holidays here over the past 40 years. I can't believe I am living here being such a city person, BUT I LOVE IT!..and so much so that we moved here 2 years ago and bought beautiful Randle House by the Sea in the heart of Departure Bay. 3 steps to the beach and into the ocean! Very grateful!

Mike Howard
Mike HowardSeattle
06/06/2016

If Victoria is the gateway to Vancouver Island for Americans, Nanaimo is the gateway for Canadians - for everyone else? Just depends on your route of choice. Nanaimo offers access to old growth forests, unique nightlife, waterfront adventures and... well, you could always drive to Victoria...

Darren Anderson
Darren AndersonSan Francisco
27/10/2015

Next to Victoria, this is the next biggest town on the island. There isn't a whole lot to see or do here, but like most small towns there are a few cute coffee shops and stores to look around at.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy
03/07/2012

This functional gateway city is many visitors to Vancouver Island's first port of call.

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