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Downtown Nanaimo – an incredible natural setting on the shores of the Salish Sea with a heritage treasure – streets that reflect an old world design with the architecture of an early 20th century west coast community.
It embeds a small town feel in the centre of this thriving Island city drawing locals and visitors to today’s shops, restaurants, pubs and cultural attractions.
Join us… and enjoy!
Shopping is a personal experience – right?
When you visit any shop or business downtown, you’re most likely dealing with the owner, or their partner, a family member, or a friend.
In Nanaimo, more than 8 out of 10 businesses are locally owned almost guaranteeing a uniquely friendly customer experience.
At last count, Downtown Nanaimo is home to well over 50 (that’s right FIFTY!) places to grab a quick bite.
At last count Downtown Nanaimo was home to over 50 places to dine, drink, snack, meet and either enjoy some social time or quickly refuel.
There’s everything from fish & chips take-out to fine dining right on the waterfront, while some of the town’s top bars, coffee shops, bakeries, breakfast places, and restaurants stretch up from the water into adjoining neighbourhoods.
From summer street festivals to the annual Silly Boat Regatta and World’s Biggest Bathtub Race, we’ve got all the weird and fun things covered downtown.
From Farmers Markets to Corner Concerts, Downtown Nanaimo is working its way out of Covid conditions to get back to celebrating.
Saturday Morning Farmers Markets continue in-season, and all summer long Downtown Nanaimo presents music at two corners downtown during the lunch hours – Friday through Sunday.
Downtown is also the jumping off point to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island), Protection Island (home of Canada’s only floating pub), and Gabriola Island – center for arts, culture and artisan studios.