Parks & Outdoors

Explore Nanaimo's outdoor attractions.

Diana Krall Plaza

Diana Krall Plaza, named after the renowned jazz artist from Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a key cultural spot in downtown Nanaimo. This peaceful plaza is a hub for social and cultural gatherings, featuring art installations, live music, and community events. It offers a welcoming space for relaxation and connection, celebrating the city’s vibrant arts scene and Diana Krall’s contributions to music.

Explore the scenic beauty of Nanaimo’s waterfront walkway, a perfect spot for strolls, runs, or bike rides along the city’s coast. Offering stunning views of the harbor and mountains, this path features benches, art, and cafes. It’s an ideal place for enjoying sunrises, harbor views, or tranquil sunsets. Experience the best of coastal living and urban convenience on this beloved Nanaimo attraction.

The Waterfront Walkway

Maffeo Sutton Park

Our bustling harbor city offers a vibrant array of events downtown, catering to a diverse range of ages and interests. To ensure you and your family don’t miss out, remember to regularly visit our calendar for the latest updates on upcoming events.

The Bastion

Built in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over the years, politics and land deals saw this sturdy wooden fort moved twice. Today it is Nanaimo’s most recognizable landmark.

Vancouver Island Whale Watch

Experience BC’s most sustainable whale watching on an unforgettable day at sea aboard open zodiac-style boat or a semi-covered boat. Our coastal wilderness is home to killer whales, humpback whales, sea lions, porpoises, seals, eagles, and more! The 3-4 hour whale watching tours depart daily from downtown Nanaimo BC, year-round.