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10 Free Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Nanaimo, BC

Activities are fun, but it's not always easy to find fun things to do that don’t cost you an arm and a leg! Whether you're on a tight budget or looking to save money without staying home all weekend, there are plenty of ways to explore Nanaimo without spending a dime! The following 10 things to do for free in Nanaimo, BC are just a sample of what this amazing harbour city has to offer!

1. Explore Bowen Park

Bowen Park is a 36-hectare park that is mainly undeveloped lush forest, which makes it the perfect setting for exploring interpretive trails. The Millstone River meanders through the wooded area adding to the mystique of this gorgeous park. Within this area is a scenic waterfall, fish ladder, duck pond, and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species. If nature is not enough...

Best Places to Live in Nanaimo for Families

Nanaimo is a great place for families. It's centrally located, offers endless programs and activities for all ages, has a strong economy, and offers a well-balanced lifestyle in a growing city with hints of rural appeal. Surrounded by views of the stunning Coast Mountains, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean makes Nanaimo a livelihood that's very hard to top. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, there's a great influx of new residents and families finding themselves in the Nanaimo real estate market, curious about where the best place is to call home. 

Here's a break down on where to find the best Nanaimo community for your family when it comes to convenience, location, and safety:

Surrounded by views of the stunning Coast Mountains, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean makes Nanaimo a livelihood that's very hard to...

5 Fun Nanaimo Events other than the Nanaimo Marine Festival

Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer FestivalThe Harbour City is famous for a lot of things: coal, Nanaimo Bars, and the Nanaimo Marine Festival. Thousands attend the annual bathtub races where brave riders face the elements and race the treacherous waters of the Salish Sea in a bathtub. But did you know that there are other festivals and events that take place in town, none of which involve bathtubs? If you're visiting Nanaimo, and looking for something fun to do other than attend the bathtub races at the Nanaimo Marine Festival, read on.

Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival

  • Early April
  • Beban Social Center
  • $30 per person (includes commemorative sampling glass and 5 sampling tickets)

Craft beer lovers unite. The Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival is the Vancouver Island’s...