is on Vancouver
Island in British Columbia
. Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the "Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island
and due to the layout of the downtown streets which form a "hub" pattern. It is also fondly known as the "Hub, Tub, and Pub City"
because of its association with the bathtub racing and the numerous "watering holes" in Old Nanaimo.
Accommodation, vacation rental and condo rental is available in both the old and new areas Nanaimo.
Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 110 km northwest of Victoria, and 55 km West of Vancouver, linked via the Horseshoe Bay
ferries terminal in West Vancouver
. It is the gateway to many other destinations
on the island — Tofino
, Comox Valley
, Campbell River
, Port Alberni, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. These towns offer some incredible lodging, accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals. Off the coast there is, Newcastle Island, Protection Island, Gabriola Island
, Valdes Island, and many other Gulf Islands
It had a varied landscape and more than two dozen parks
; the city of Nanaimo boasts one of the prettiest waterfronts in Canada, conveniently located to serve as a home base for exploring Vancouver Island. Base yourself here, book your accommodation, vacation rental or condo rental early and spend a few weeks in summer exploring the north part of Vancouver Island.
With various land and sea activities, Nanaimo is a perfect place for a family vacation, a year-round golf getaway, or a romantic weekend.
Bring the family to the fun-filled Bowen Park recreation park, which features a scenic waterfall, a nature centre, a children's barnyard, duck pond, swimming and wading pools, hiking trails and more.
Nanaimo treasures a number of Historic Buildings, including The Miner's Cottage (1897) in Piper's Park adjacent to the Nanaimo District Museum, the Nanaimo Courthouse (1896), the brick-faced Earl Block (1888-1890), and the Palace Hotel (1889).
The 4km Harbour front Walkway
extends from the downtown harbour, past the modern seaplane terminal, through Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Park (Canada's only man-made tidal lagoon), over the pedestrian bridge, by the Nanaimo Yacht Club, and as far as the BC Ferries Terminal. The promenade is dotted with vibrant art galleries featuring First Nations and Canadian crafts and great restaurants. Waterfront accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals are the perfect place to relax after an active day out.