The name Nanaimo is derived from the Coast Salish word Sney-Ny-Mous, meaning “meeting place”. Today, it is Vancouver Island’s second-largest city, and a great destination for conventions and meetings, sporting events, romantic weekends and a wide range of adventures. Famous for its varied landscapes and parks, the city boasts one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada.

Top 5 things to do

  • Hike or bike one of the many nearby trails
  • Experience world-class scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Have picnic at Newcastle Island Marine Park
  • Swim with the seals
  • Explore shops and cafés in the Old City Quarter