Go early, spend the day walking, browsing, and have lunch or snack at one of the local shops. Pick up local tourist magazine and try the local made Nanaimo bar in a coffee shop. Do not miss the Dollar-rama Store...great finds, but they do not accept debt cards or credit cards...cash only and change is in Canadian.
Visited: Sep 11, 2015
Make sure you do free bus trip around city and make sure you spend time on waterfront and if you get the chance fire the cannon!
Visited: May 15, 2017
Loved taking a walk thru this small quiet quaint place. It was a lovely place.
Visited: Oct 18, 2017
Great shuttle system except there should have been more options. Multiple buses doing a circuit though a boring little town. There should have been some alternate routes to visit some of the outlying areas. Nanaimo was a nice but boring little town. Not much shopping evident. Walked all over and other than the old quarter, there was almost no opportunity to do any shopping. Several breweries. White Sails was good, but like most other places, did not open till 3PM. Not a lot of decent places to eat. The Lighthouse was nice but TINY. At least a 30 minute wait. This is an issue when you are on a limited time schedule. Like Disney, I don't want to spend a lot of time in lines.
Visited: Apr 03, 2018
Nanaimo was gorgeous! We went on an excursion to the Cathedral Groves and Coombs Market. The grove was beautiful and the air was so fresh and clear. The market was adorable and everyone was so kind to us. They have little shops in downtown Nanaimo that are so cure and fun. It was a great port to see and I would love to visit it again.
You can very easily see this town in a day. There is a shuttle bus that does a circle with 4 well marked stops. Each stop is easily reached from any of the others. The waterfront is fun, with lots of little shops and food. The floating fish and chips restaurant was very good, as well as a little ice cream shop that makes their own ice cream with many flavors to choose from. We saw a cute little tea house on the waterfront that looked adorable, but we were full and didn't stop. Prices were reasonable.
NOT TO BE MISSED..A HIDDEN GEM OF A PLACE!
Visited: Sep 11, 2015
Again took a walking tour of New Castle Island as suggested by local tour guide...included a very reasonable round trip ferry boat ride to the island
Visited: May 26, 2015
The train trip from Port Alberney is fun, but there's an hour plus bus ride to get to the train. The tour volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly and the staff at the saw mill provided a delightful lunch.
Visited: May 16, 2016
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