rediscover
downtown

Snuneymuxw,Snaw-naw-as,and Stz’uminus

We live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, and Stz’uminus – and pay respect for that privilege.

Experience the magic of the season as stores stay open until 9pm, offering the perfect opportunity to find unique holiday gifts and support local businesses.

Indulge in treats from food trucks, and warm up with a coffee from Flyte Cafe or festive spirits from Travel Bar at Diana Krall Plaza
Capture the joy of the holidays with a visit and photos with Santa and let the Christmas carolers serenade you with the sounds of the season. It’s an evening of shopping, sipping, and spreading holiday cheer!

Late Night
Shopping

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING

COMMERCIAL STREET - DOWNTOWN

December 7/14/21 - Tuesdays 5PM - 9PM

Join us for Late Night Shopping in downtown Nanaimo this December!
Experience the magic of the season as stores stay open until 9pm, offering the perfect opportunity to find unique holiday gifts and support local businesses.
Indulge in treats from food trucks, and warm up with a coffee from Flyte Cafe or festive spirits from Travel Bar at Diana Krall Plaza
Capture the joy of the holidays with a visit and photos with Santa and let the Christmas carolers serenade you with the sounds of the season. It’s an evening of shopping, sipping, and spreading holiday cheer!

Artisan
MArket

WINTERFEST ARTISAN MARKET

AT THE VICE

December 13/14 | 2PM - 8PM

Discover our Holiday Artisan Market in at the VICC in downtown Nanaimo on December 13th and 14th.
With over 40 talented vendors, this market is a great way to find unique, handcrafted treasures. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, and captivating art pieces while enjoying the convenience of a midweek shopping experience. Explore the craftsmanship of local artisans and support small businesses this holiday season. Don’t miss this opportunity to find something truly special for your loved ones.

SANTA
VISITS
& PHOTOS

SANTA VISITS & PHOTOS

234 COMMERCIAL STREET

DECEMBER 2/3/9/10/16/17 | 11AM - 4PM

Capture the magic of the season with Photos with Santa in downtown Nanaimo!
Bring your loved ones for a memorable holiday photo opportunity, where you can take the photos on your own phone and instantly have your cherished memories. Santa Claus is here to hear your wishes, spread joy, and create cherished moments.

PET VISITS & PHOTOS WITH SANTA

DECEMBER 14th | 4:30PM - 7:00PM

Let your furry friends join in the fun! We’re hosting a special night of ‘Pets with Santa’ for your beloved four-legged family members. Bring your pets, big or small, for a paw-sitively delightful photo session with Santa Claus. It’s a chance for your pets to share in the holiday cheer and capture unforgettable moments.

downtown nanaimo business directory

downtown nanaimo
business directory

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downtown
events

downtown
events

deals and
promotion

deals &
promotions

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rediscover
downtown

rediscover
downtown

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!

shop
downtown

shop
downtown

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.

From ice cream to art, home furnishings to fashion, fashion, fashion – Downtown Nanaimo has the products and services to meet most daily demands!

food &
bevvy

food & bevvy

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.

Enjoy our daily fresh seafood and other local fare and don’t forget your Nanaimo Bar!

just for fun

just for fun

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.

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