Nanaimo Bars and Brews Retreat 2 nights

Hop across the Strait to one of the best stops along the BC Ale Trail on this Nanaimo getaway. Package includes a 2-night stay at Best Western Dorchester, return ferry for two adults and one car, a 2-hour bike rental, and a Nanaimo Craft Brewery Tour with Vancouver Island Expeditions.

Affectionately known as the Harbour City, Nanaimo has something to offer any traveller. Although famous as an outdoor recreation hotspot popular with scuba divers, mountain bikers and hikers, this dynamic city also has more than enough to offer culture buffs, wildlife lovers, and food and drink connoisseurs. Vancouver Island is home to a world-famous craft beer industry, and Nanaimo is the perfect place for a beercation. On your getaway, join Vancouver Island Expeditions Nanaimo Craft Brewery Tour to learn about what goes into creating Nanaimo’s many brews, as you visit 3 locations for a behind-the-scenes tour. During each stop you will receive generous samples accompanied by a selection of delicious snacks that showcase local ingredients.

This may be your first trip to Nanaimo, but it definitely won’t be your last.

Top 5 things to do

  • Follow the BC Ale Trail to Nanaimo
  • Stroll Nanaimo's scenic harbour front
  • Hike the Westwood Ridges
  • Visit Newcastle Island
  • Explore the Nanaimo Bar Trail

Additional Activities can be added to your package during the booking process

Day 1

Day 1 - Vancouver to Nanaimo

Ferry: West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay)

Staying at: Best Western Dorchester Hotel (Standard City View Room)
70 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada , V9R 5H4

From Metro Vancouver, a relaxing ferry ride brings you across Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands to Nanaimo. Once you check in to your hotel, you’re ready to get acquainted with the Harbour City. Go for a walk through town, visit some shops and galleries, explore the area’s history at the museum, stroll along the waterfront, and stop for dinner at one of the many restaurants that showcase local produce and wine.

Day 2

Day 2 - Nanaimo

Staying at: Best Western Dorchester Hotel (Standard City View Room)
70 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada , V9R 5H4

Spend the morning walking along the water, or going on an early hike. At 11 AM, join the Vancouver Island Expeditions for the Nanaimo Craft Brewery Tour, where you will learn about what goes into creating a batch of brew in Nanaimo. You will visit 3 different spots, with a local expert for a behind-the-scenes tour. At each stop you’ll be treated to generous samples and a selection of delicious snacks that showcase the local ingredients.

Day 3

Day 3 - Nanaimo

Ferry: Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

On your last morning, grab a bike and enjoy your complementary 2-hour bike ride to explore Nanaimo. After you’ve adventured around, fill up a growler at one of your favourite breweries, grab a Nanaimo bar to go, and board the ferry for a picturesque sailing back to Metro Vancouver.

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+ $15.19 GST. Per person based on double occupancy. Includes ferry & accommodation.

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Package includes

  • Accommodation Two nights' accommodation at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel in a Standard City View Room; max 4 ppl.
  • Includes An F&B Option Vancouver Island Expeditions Nanaimo Craft Brewery Tour for two
  • Parking Included Complimentary parking for BC Ferries Vacations guests
  • Ferry Round trip on BC Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island for two adults and one car
  • Pets Welcome Pets are welcome; additional charges apply. Please call us to confirm your pet room

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