Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Nanaimo

The area's history and theatre scene are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Nanaimo. Revered for its island views, boating and restaurants, this city is both walkable and welcoming. A holiday rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Nanaimo

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Nanaimo has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Brechin Lanes (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • WildPlay Nanaimo (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Winchelsea View Golf Course (9.2 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Fairwinds Golf Club (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Ladysmith Golf Club (14.4 mi / 23.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Nanaimo

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Nanaimo is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Newcastle Island (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Beach Estates Park (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Departure Bay Beach (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Pipers Lagoon Park (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Roberts Memorial Provincial Park (10 mi / 16 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Nanaimo

Fly into Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), the closest airport, located 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Nanaimo, BC (YCD), which is 8.3 mi (13.4 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Nanaimo?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 178 holiday lettings around Nanaimo. From 43 flats & apartments to 69 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in Nanaimo?

Taking a deep breath of clean ocean air, basking in the sun and losing track of time. Now that's the kind of escape you've been waiting for. HomeAway has 72 beachside rental homes. Open to more suggestions? HomeAway has oodles more options to discover, including:

  • 68 oceanfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 55 beachfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 54 mountain-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Nanaimo?

If you want an authentic holiday experience and love having lots of room to move, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 81 options currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start from £45 a night. If that doesn't match your group's style, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • Condo: 32 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £38 per night.
  • Apartment: 15 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £45 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 15 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £40 per night.

Can I stay in Nanaimo in a large group?

It can be hard finding the time to relax with friends and family members. A group trip is a perfect opportunity to be reunited. If you were planning to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options to suit. The favourite option for bigger groups here are house holiday rentals, and you'll find 18 currently listed. Rental options in the area that can cater for large groups include:

  • Are you looking for properties that can sleep 6 guests? We have 53 that will suit. Prices begin from just £69 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your squad, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 15 holiday rentals that are ideal. The starting price is £73 a night.
  • Seeking out holiday rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be delighted to hear we have 10 that'll be ideal. You can secure one for as little as £109 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring along your aunt, your grandpa and all your buddies to Nanaimo.