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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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)”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Photography & scuba diving are popular at this beachfront park with hiking trails & views.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Beach
“This is a great place for a stroll and walk. Easy walking with some stairs and rock ways. Beautiful views of the Straight, trees and surroundings. One of my favorites. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Theater
“Check out the seasonal offerings at this auditorium in Nanaimo about a 30 - 40 minute drive on the 19 Hwy from Nanoose Bay.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Lake
“Lake beach with life guards, sand , tables and toilets . long hiking trail around the lake beside The Bethlehem Retreat ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
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“Food is pretty normal for a pub, but it is an adventure taking a foot ferry to a nearby island. The set up is very unique. Live bands at night sometimes, but adults only in the evening.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Great breakfast and lunch cafe. Very busy in the weekends. Chef owned Farm to table cuisine. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great museum to learn about the history of Nanaimo. Some great exhibits with a well stocked gift shop.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Best sushi restaurant on Vancouver island. Very busy, I would suggest to make reservations. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
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 ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great coffee, close to our AirBnB on Albert St, licensed and live music in the evenings.”
  • 20 locals recommend
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.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Craft Brew Pub with a great burger and menu selection. There is a restaurant and pub level so all ages are welcome. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“The Galaxy Cinema is a multiplex theater in Nanaimo with stadium seating and comfortable reclining seats located in the Rutherford Mall. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“Great breakfast and lunch cafe. Very busy in the weekends. Chef owned Farm to table cuisine. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Best sushi restaurant on Vancouver island. Very busy, I would suggest to make reservations. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
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 ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Craft Brew Pub with a great burger and menu selection. There is a restaurant and pub level so all ages are welcome. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Wonderful French bakery, with fresh baked pastries and the best Nanaimo bars! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fun little place to go. Walk out of Nanaimo and into Mexico. Portions are large so sharing is recommend by me=)”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Located on the docks downtown Nanaimo. Thoughtful Mexican fare meets margaritas at this seasonal floating eatery with open-air seating.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Mahal House This wonderful restaurant is close to the crow and gate, just a few minutes past the Crow and Gate. It is a peach colored house just on the corner as you enter the town of Cedar. Reservations are recommended. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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