Downtown Nanaimo is the vibrant centre of the second largest city on Vancouver Island, boasting all the amenities of a large city while maintaining a rich heritage and sense of community. Downtown Nanaimo offers an exciting and eclectic mix of businesses, arts and recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment, and offers residents and visitors plenty to experience.
Choose from one of the following categories to search the DNBIA Business Directory and use the Business Locations Map to locate all the listings to easily map out your visit to downtown Nanaimo. You can even plan where to park your car or your bicycle!
Accommodations: Visiting from up island or from across the ocean you will find accommodations to suit every taste and budget. Choose from hotels complete with restaurants and spas to funky guesthouses and hostels.
Arts and Culture: Nanaimo has a rich history of artists and artisans, storytellers, and playwrights. Commercial Street and Victoria Crescent contain multiple art galleries and artisan studios. The Nanaimo Museum, the Harbourfront Library, and the Port Theatre are always buzzing with activity. Head up to the Old City Quarter and you’ll find Gallery Row and more artisan shops and studios to delight your senses and engage your mind.
Dining: Downtown Nanaimo boasts over 60 unique restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops to please every palate. From true waterfront dining in the Nanaimo Boat Basin to outdoor eating on Commercial Street or the quaint comforts of the Old City Quarter eateries, search our listings to find the perfect place for a an afternoon snack or a nighttime dining experience .
Nightlife: Nanaimo’s nighttime venues are within easy walking distance throughout downtown. If you are looking to be entertained you can find live music, dance clubs, comedians, or relaxing over a drink with friends at one of our downtown pubs.
Professional Services: Residents and visitors can find an all- encompassing list of downtown professional services in our business directory.
Shopping: Search for gifts and trinkets on the waterfront or the Friday farmer’s market. Find your ‘gotta have it’ in the shops of Commercial Street and Victoria Crescent, or browse for specialty items in the historic Old City Quarter. Over 80 retailers await you in downtown Nanaimo.
Societies: Search our database for a list of downtown based societies