Location Brief: Nanaimo


BC Ferries — to get here from Vancouver by car, bicycle, or by foot, take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay or Tsawwassen to Duke Point. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED for car travel (especially in the summer), but not always necessary. From Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) it’s about 1 hour 40 minutes.

Harbour Air — Flights from YVR, Downtown Vancouver, or other coastal locations to Nanaimo harbour. From Vancouver, it’s about 20 minutes.


Nanaimo Airport — about 15 minute drive south of Nanaimo

BC Transit — Vancouver Island bus system (also rest of province outside of Metro Vancouver). Currently cash or pass only (credit card payments coming soon)

AC Taxi

No Uber or Lyft currently in Nanaimo


Coast Bastion


The Vault

Black Rabbit — has a smaller space available to rent for events upstairs

The Queens — live music and performance venue

Port Theatre — large theatre space

Vancouver Island Conference Centre


Input Cowork


Black Rabbit — may need reservations; larger space with outdoor eating area

The Vault — you can find a tasty Nanaimo bar here

Bistro Taiyo — Ramen!

Nana Sushi — More Ramen!

Wa-Ku — Even more Ramen!

La Stella Trattoria — make reservations

Mambo Pizza

Gabriel’s Cafe

Craft Fare — beer and food but a very small space

Top Notch Burgers


Modern Cafe

Coffee Shops

White Rabbit Coffee Co

La Isla Café

Cold Front Gelato

Burnt Honey


White Sails


Wolf Brewing

Things to See

Parks! Check out Neck Point, Piper’s Lagoon, Saysutshun Island (requires taking a short walk-on ferry), Westwood Lake, Colliery Dam, Cable Bay Trail, Bowen Park, The Abyss Trail, Mt Benson (this is a good hike but be prepared!), and more. You can also use Nanaimo as your home-base as you travel up and down Vancouver Island (about 1.5 hrs north to Courtney or south to Victoria).

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Nanaimo Museum

Common Foundry — small, design-centric gift shop and calligraphy supply