Activities in Nanaimo

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Harbour Air boosts wingless beings with first-class flights on carbon-neutral aircrafts, boutique stratosphere accessories, and picturesque seaplane tours. Eco-friendly seaplanes furnished with first-class amenities such as leather interiors and hands-free cloud parallel parking launch daily and link Lower Mainland and the Islands through panoramic flights that last 20 to 50 minutes ($156.53–$563.38 round trip). The airline's auspicious boutique furnishes cloud gazers with flight-centric merchandise for gifts and seagull bribes. A small Beaver model plane ($41.99) carves its niche among collectibles with locally handcrafted western maple wood, and a Dax Wilkinson T-shirt ($34.99) celebrates Canadian aviation.

5764 Wharf Rd
Sechelt,
BC
CA

Tracks Outdoor Adventures' certified and trained guides escort 6–12 trekkers and their taste buds on a six-hour excursion expedition through three Cowichan Valley vineyards. Journeys commence with hour-long scenic drives from Nanaimo to the Cowichan Valley, which surrounds passengers with breathtaking Vancouver Island landscapes including rolling hills, sprawling farm land, and wine-bottle bushes. Upon arriving at one of the day's vineyards, pairs taste wines such as award-winning pinot gris, gewürztraminer, and blackberry port or soak in the atmosphere of an Italian-influenced 1903 farmhouse, which doubles as a tasting room, wine store, and restaurant dispensing delectable pinot grigio, pinot nero, and Glenora Fantasia Brut. Each tour's itinerary is unique, as vineyards are chosen based on availability or by deferring to a grape-stained Ouija board.

2130 Akenhead Road
Nanaimo,
BC
CA

Located where the Caren and Richardson mountain ranges slip into the Pacific Ocean, Pedals and Paddles sits on spectacular trailheads for hiking, camping, and kayaking. When paddling through the crystal-clear inlet waters on kayaks or standup paddleboards in guided or self-guided tours, clients can gaze at the ocean floor to commune with seafaring creatures such as starfish, sea cucumbers, and—if they're lucky—dolphins and orcas. Explorers can also camp on the beaches at Piper Point, Tuwanek Beach, or Oyster Beach, where they can sleep in between swimmable waters and the towering pines of the mountains.

7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt,
BC
CA

The craftspeople at Bastion Gallery Fast Frames encase art pieces, memorabilia, and photographs in custom-designed frame, mat, and glass combinations. They perform all framing services in-house to ensure quality work with a quick turnaround time. The gallery's team also manages an art gallery exhibiting vibrant abstracts, acrylic landscapes, and crisp photography, perfect for adorning the bare walls of a Batcave.

555 Terminal Ave
Nanaimo,
BC
CA

The triumphant crash of bowling balls against pins has been echoing throughout Brechin Lanes since 1956. The newly renovated five-pin-bowling alley maintains its family-friendly atmosphere by only selling soft drinks and prohibiting smoking within their walls. League banners hang over the 16-lane spread, and between turns, players cheer each other on from plastic benches or cushy seats throughout the centre. Atop whimsical bowling-pin-shaped coffee tables, players refuel their rolling arms and bragging muscles with hot dogs, poutine, and pizza made fresh to order. During weekend glow bowling, blacklights switch on, a crisp sound system booms the hits, and vampire bowlers suddenly become the brightest people in the room.

1870 E. Wellington Rd
Nanaimo,
BC
CA

Regardless of visitors' experience or athletic ability, Romper Room provides guests with an opportunity to test their physical and mental fortitude on one of its indoor climbing walls. These walls present a wide array of challenges that climbers can feel free to tackle within a safe, controlled environment. Whether they are steadily ascending a straightforward route, navigating tricky angles and overhangs, or tackling the bouldering challenges, harness-clad visitors always remain under the watchful eyes of their belaying partners. Specialized classes can introduce newcomers to the fundamentals or help more experienced climbers master more advanced skills, such as lead climbing or using telekinetic powers to tie knots.

4385 Boban Dr
Nanaimo,
BC
CA