Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Nanaimo

The area's history and theater scene are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Nanaimo. Well-liked for its island views, boating and restaurants, this city is both walkable and welcoming. A vacation 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 vacation 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 center:

  • 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 highlights

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 center:

  • 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)

Transportation 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 center. 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.

Where to stay around Nanaimo?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 189 holiday lettings near Nanaimo. From 85 Houses to 44 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nanaimo is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Nanaimo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Nanaimo. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park: 268 holiday lettings
  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre: 289 holiday lettings
  • Nanaimo Museum: 267 holiday lettings
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital: 284 holiday lettings
  • Beach Estates Park: 291 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Nanaimo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nanaimo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 85 Houses in Nanaimo. Our other popular types of Nanaimo holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 44 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 19 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 19 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Nanaimo?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 50 holiday homes with pool available in Nanaimo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.