5 Totally Fun Things to Do in Nanaimo, BC

This summer we decided to explore more of our home province, British Columbia, and we are so excited to share more about the Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast with you! Whether you're a BC local or just visiting Vancouver, you definitely need to take a ferry somewhere (anywhere!) in BC this summer. It's only a short ride to Nanaimo (home to the Nanaimo bars), but it feels like you entered a whole new world: one that is a bit slower, a bit woodsier, and a whole lot friendlier. Here are 5 fun things to do in Nanaimo, BC!

1. Coffee at Regard Coffee Roasters

Saunter into Regard Coffee Roasters whenever you wake up (you are on "island time" after all), and wake up with a delicious, locally roasted Americano. The guys here are so friendly, you'll feel right at home in no time. 

2. A Tasting Flight at White Sails Brewing

White Sails Brewing is a new and spacious tap room that is full of hip craft beer, without being pretentious. They have an outdoor patio that's perfect for summertime, and a bunch of board games to enjoy with your beer!

White Sails is part of the new BC Ale Trail, which you definitely need to check out while you're on Vancouver Island. 

3. Find a Waterfall

Nanaimo is home to provincial parks with huge, old growth forests and giant trees, so get outside and explore them! Head to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, and start chasing the two waterfalls.

4. Meet Goats on a Roof at Coombs Old Country Market

Yes, "goats on a roof" is a real thing in Nanaimo at the famous Coombs Old Country Market, where goats hang out on the roof. It was a bit wet when we went so they were hiding, but stop by Coombs to stock up on local, general store goodies or explore the other shops nearby. Grab some ice cream, some local produce, and don't forget to attempt a selfie with a goat!

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5. Grab Dinner and Drinks in Town

Nanaimo's food scene is growing up and evolving, and a dinner at Riso Foods is a must while you're in town (house made bacon, anyone?). Then, head to The Vault Cafe grab a pint and enjoy the live music with the locals. One night at the Vault and you'll quickly understand what Vancouver Island is all about.

P.S. Meet our bestie Lindsay from Treasures & Travels, she came along with us on our trip, helped us with photos, and will be on our blog more this week!