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Nanaimo, British Columbia

Centrally located near other Vancouver Island ports, Nanaimo, British Columbia, has recently undergone a renaissance. The waterfront has been renovated into a charming boardwalk area complete with floating restaurants and renamed the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza.

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Nanaimo, British Columbia

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Looking for good, clean fun? The World Championship Bathtub race is a unique Nanaimo tradition that takes place every summer. Competitors retrofit old clawfoot tubs with engines and race across Georgia Strait. Only half the vessels make it to the finish line, but the creative bathtub designs alone make it worth watching.

Sporting Adventures

If you like to dive, then Nanaimo offers some of the best opportunities in the Northwest. Dodds Narrows, with its underwater rock formations and plentiful wildlife, is not to be missed. If that's not adventure enough, nearby Snake Island Wall boasts the wreck of the HMCS Saskatchewan, sunk as part of Canada's artificial reef project.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Nanaimo offers a full range of West Coast cuisine, often using ethnic ingredients introduced throughout the history of this unique city. For a great view to complement your meal, try one of the floating restaurants on Pioneer Waterfront Plaza.

Shopping for Bargains

With three distinct shopping areas, Nanaimo is somewhat of a local retail mecca. All within walking distance of the city center, the Waterfront, the Old City Quarter and the Arts District each feature a combination of marine supplies, local art, fashion and gifts to satisfy your souvenir cravings.

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Weather in Nanaimo, British Columbia


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 45° 7.22°
Average Low 29° -1.67°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High 61° 16.11°
Record Low -20° -28.89°
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 6.79 in 17.25 cm

Before You Visit

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