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Nanaimo

Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It has been dubbed the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World" and "Harbour City". Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the "Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island. It is also fondly known as the "Hub, Tub, and Pub City" because of its association with the bathtub racing and the numerous "watering holes" in Old Nanaimo.

Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 110 km northwest of Victoria, and 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, but directly linked to Vancouver via BC Ferries. By virtue of its proximity to Vancouver, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations on the island - Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni on the west coast and Victoria to the south.

Tofino Bus offers express bus service from Nanaimo to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino on its northbound route and to Victoria on its southbound route. Tofino Bus leaves from the BC Ferry terminal at Nanaimo's Departure Bay.

Check our bus schedule for information about arrivals and departures in Nanaimo.

To book a ticket from Nanaimo to Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni or Victoria, visit our online reservation system or call 1.866.986.3466 to reserve your bus ticket by phone.


Nanaimo Accommodation

Nanaimo hostels

Painted Turtle Guesthouse
121 Bastion Street
1-866-309-4432 • 250-753-4432

The Cambie Hostel Nanaimo
63 Victoria Crescent
Nanaimo V9R 5B9
1-877-754-5323 • 250-754-5323


Nanaimo Activities & Attractions

Nanaimo Bathtub Race

An annual race of bathtubs that have been converted into boats and race from the harbour of Nanaimo across the Straights of Georga to Vancouver.

Nanaimo seawall

Pedestrian walkway that winds along the waterfront from Cameron Island to the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Visitors especially enjoy the section of the seawall near the Bastion, where craft shops and restaurants dot the path.

The Bastion

The oldest free-standing Hudson's Bay Company fort in North America. The Bastion is operated by the Nanaimo Museum


Nanaimo links

Tourism Nanaimo
2290 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K7, Canada
(250) 756-0106