Hike to Natural Wonders
Nanaimo is home to over 170 km of hiking and walking trails connecting streets, parks, communities and businesses. Design your unique journey and reach mountain tops, explore coastline and discover hidden gems.
Discover Vancouver Island’s Mountain-Bike Playground
With over 158 trails over five mountains, Cowichan Valley has become the go-to mountain bike playground for many locals on Vancouver Island. “Maple Syrup” is just one of many trails where you can test your skills and stamina.
Explore Canada’s Only Mediterranean Climate
Cowichan’s dedicated farmers and producers have transformed the region into a foodie paradise - working together this group of talented locals grow produce, craft spirits, roast beans and create exclusive wines.
Change your Perspective
Art lovers congregate in Nanaimo, exploring everything from historic buildings to public art to galleries with world-famous exhibits. This sample itinerary gives you just a taste of what the local art scene has to offer.
More Activities to Explore
Stop in Nanaimo for the perfect coastal winter day
Take in Cowichan’s best-kept historical secrets
Explore our waters - a paddling and diving paradise
Gaze out over Cowichan’s vistas from a viewpoint trail
Set Sail for Adventure with a boat charter
Be inspired by local artists, potters, painters and sculptors
Shop local artisans and unique finds in the Old City Quarter and Downtown Nanaimo
Paddle to Saysutshun, Sacred Territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation