Things We Love to Do In Nanaimo, BC
We don’t just work in Nanaimo, BC; we live and play here too! These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re staying at our Coast Bastion Hotel. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions such as our only floating pub in Canada to a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do near our Nanaimo, British Columbia hotel? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
This gorgeous island has an abundance of trails to explore and views to capture. Check out Mallard Lake while you’re there—the perfect spot for swimming and boating.
Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant and Protection Island
Canada’s only registered floating pub! Have a bite and raise a glass while you take in the incredible wildlife.
Nanaimo Museum & Sports Hall of Fame
Learn the fascinating history of Nanaimo in this beautiful new facility. Exhibits are updated regularly!
Scenic trails, beautiful views—this waterfront park is the perfect place to soak in the splendour of Nanaimo.
This historic waterfront park is home to rugged cliffs, pebbled beaches, and winding trails. A popular spot for scuba divers!
You’ll find tons of exceptional trails for hiking and biking on Mt. Benson, Nanaimo’s highest peak!
Nanaimo Downtown Farmers MarketMay 26, 2017 — Oct 6, 2017
Nanaimo’s original farmers market, Located on the beautiful Pioneer Waterfront Plaza on Front Street
fresh local farm produce, meats, eggs and dairy, fresh baked goods and preserves, one of a kind artisan crafted products, special events and activities, delicious prepared foods from a variety of vendors
products and services for the mind, body and spirit
BLACKSTONES & BATHTUBS – A Musical Revue of the Town You Never KnewJul 2, 2017 8:00 am — Jul 9, 2017 5:00 pm
Join in the celebration of Canada’s 150 with Blackstones & Bathtubs, a surprising and moving musical revue inspired by Nanaimo’s culture and heritage.
Lost in layers of coconut, custard and chocolate on the delicious Nanaimo Bar trail, a group of tourists miss the departure of their cruise. With a cruel south easter mounting, the group is forced to extend their stay in the foggy town whose name they can’t seem to agree on how to pronounce. But as lightening strikes, a new journey begins. Join the rumble and tumble aboard The Dream of Nanaimo as this city’s ancient roots, explosive history and quirky culture spring to life.
Nanaimo Dragon Boat FestivalJul 7, 2017 — Jul 9, 2017
It’s WET. It’s WILD. It’s a weekend of fun for the entire family!
Save on Foods presents the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 7, 8 & 9, 2017, at the spectacular Maffeo Sutton Park.
Silly Boat RegattaJul 16, 2017
2017 Silly Boat Regatta will be happening on – Sunday, July 16th – and the centre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary while Canada celebrates its 150th! So if you have ever been thinking of putting in a team or coming to watch the race – DO NOT MISS THIS YEARS SILLINESS! Teams are asked to theme out their boats with some birthday, Canadian history, birthday celebration or 50’s feel.
The Great International World Championship Bathtub Race and Nanaimo Marine Festival.Jul 21, 2017 — Jul 23, 2017
In July of 2017, help us celebrate our 51st race and another whirlwind weekend including launch party, street fair, kids zone, vendors and much more!
Without a doubt, this is one of the best weekends to spend downtown in the harbour city.