Nanaimo 50-Kilometer
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The Nanaimo 50-Kilometer Holiday

Tours within a 50-kilometer radius of Nanaimo

With fuel prices remaining high despite the sluggish economy and airline security becoming an obstacle, it's smart to travel locally. And with so much to see and do in and around Nanaimo, it's almost a waste to spend thousands of dollars flying halfway across the world when you can have just as much fun at home. An island holiday is a hassle-free holiday with no borders to cross, no travel insurance to buy, no bookings to make, and no money to change.

GoNanaimo.com has designed a series of self-guided day tours to places within a 50-kilometer radius of Nanaimo. You could spend a week doing a different tour each day, or go on the spur of the moment when the sun is shining. The tours offer Nanaimo visitors a rich experience without the need to switch accommodations every night.

Nanaimo residents should keep in mind that places like Chemainus, Gabriola, Ladysmith, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach have many excellent bed and breakfasts, hotels, and campgrounds, and although it's easy to drive home at the end of every day, you'll have an entirely different experience if you stay somewhere overnight. Help save the planet! Cancel that trip to Europe or Mexico and staycation this year.

Fishing Pier, Nanaimo

Nanaimo's waterfront is simply gorgeous with verdant isles crowned by snowcapped peaks. The harbour buzzes with activity as seaplanes land, ferries leave, and sailboats swing at their moorings. Our walking tour begins in Maffeo-Sutton Park and visits the fishing pier, commercial harbour, Cameron Island, and Bastion. Newcastle and Protection islands are only a hop away.

Old City Quarter, Nanaimo

Commercial Street with its historic buildings, art galleries, museum, and conference centre is the heart of Nanaimo. The Old City Quarter accesible via the Bastion Street Bridge has some of Nanaimo's finest restaurants, cafes, and shops. Vestiges of the days when coal was king are still evident in the area around Nob Hill Park and Victoria Crescent.

Pipers Lagoon Park, Nanaimo

This 37-kilometer circle tour begins and ends at the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Along the way, you'll visit some of Nanaimo's finest parks: Pipers Lagoon, Neck Point, Westwood Lake, Buttertubs Marsh, and Bowen. The pleasing mix of urban and rural scenes makes this tour also satisfying by bicycle.

WildPlay Bungy Jump

This 64-kilometer tour for car or bicycle loops around Cedar, Yellow Point, and Cassidy. You'll be introduced to the Nanaimo River Estuary and have several chances to take a hike. The Barton and Leier Gallery and Hazelwood Herb Farm are unexpected highlights, while flightseeing and bungy jumping provide thrills. History comes alive at the Morden Colliery.

Chemainus Theatre

There's plenty to see on our 79-kilometer driving tour to Ladysmith, Chemainus, and Thetis Island. Historic Ladysmith has many fine buildings from the coal mining era, plus an appealing waterfront and some great hiking trails. Chemainus is an open air museum with 40 colourful murals adorning the sides of buildings. Walk onto the Thetis Island ferry for a fascinating cruise.

Entrance Island Lighthouse

Gabriola Island is an ideal daytrip destination from Nanaimo. GoNanaimo's 49-kilometer circle tour focuses on spectacular coastal scenery, from the Malaspina Galleries to Drumbeg Provincial Park. This island is also one of Canada's leading artistic communities, as Gabriola Artworks confirms. For those without wheels, a nine-kilometer walking tour is described.

Englishman River Estuary, Parksville

The Oceanside Route is a scenic 111-kilometer drive through Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, and Errington. Parksville's Craig Heritage Park pioneer village and Qualicum Beach's Milner Gardens are first rate. Coombs has top attractions featuring butterflies, parrots, and wildlife, while Errington has waterfalls. Oceanside's wealth of things to see is unparalleled.

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