Trip planner: Everything you need to know before RVing or camping in Nanaimo, BC

Check out the RVing opportunities in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Check out Nanaimo for the best in RV campgrounds, events, attractions, dining and more.

Hiking in Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo is surrounded by amazing natural areas that hikers love to explore. — Photo courtesy Scott Littlejohn

Nanaimo has all the attractions, entertainment and outdoor recreation that you could wish for. If you’re RVing in Nanaimo this year, peruse our site and find all the best things to see and do while you’re there.

Tourist information for Nanaimo, BC

Population: 87,464

Tourism Nanaimo

This comprehensive website will give you all the details you need to learn about Nanaimo and all the things this vibrant city has to offer.

Year Round Visitor Centre:

2450 Northfield Road (located off Highway 19 at the Northfield Exit #21)
Open Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The office is closed Sundays.

Seasonal Visitor Centre location (May - September)

The HBC Bastion, located on Front Street.

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Find out all about Nanaimo’s business community, and local events, at the chamber website.

City of Nanaimo

The harbour city’s official website is a great place to find out more about activities you can enjoy.

Weather in Nanaimo, BC

Best months to go RVing: June to October are the prime months for warm weather and ideal camping. However, Nanaimo has a mild climate and you can really enjoy RVing here any time of year.

Top things to see and do in Nanaimo, BC

So, you’re ready to explore Nanaimo and area, but you don’t know what to do first? When you’re camping on Vancouver Island, you will find a wealth of things to see and do. Here are a few RVer-friendly attractions in Nanaimo’s vicinity.

Morden Mine

Visit the most complete above-ground historic coal mine shaft on Vancouver Island. The knowledgeable Friends of Morden Mine offer tours of the area, which might include the Morden Colliery Regional Trail, a picturesque 1.2-kilometre walk from the mine to Nanaimo River.

Read more about the Morden Mine here.

Newcastle Island

Given the extensive walking trails, private beaches and rich First Nations history, you will not run out of things to do when visiting this popular site.

Read more about Newcastle Island here.

Horne Lake Caves

Discover the mystery and allure of the underground about 45 minutes north of Nanaimo at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. The naturally-occurring wonders feature magical twists and turns among delicate crystal formations that have evolved over thousands of years.

Read more about Horne Lake Caves here.

Gabriola Island

Hop on the ferry by car or by bicycle from downtown Nanaimo to Gabriola Island—a beautiful rural community of 4,000 that offers forested parks, quiet white sand beaches and world famous artisan tours.

Read more about Gabriola Island here.

Downtown Nanaimo

Regardless of what else you venture out to see, Nanaimo’s downtown is a place you should spend some time. Enjoy waterfront views, shops, restaurants and an impressive farmers market, to name only a few.

Read more about downtown Nanaimo here.

Campgrounds and RV parks in Nanaimo, BC

Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park                        
Phone: 250-755-1755           
Westwood Lake RV Camping & Cabins                        
Phone: 250-753-3922           
Brannen Lake Campsite
Phone: 1-866-756-0404 FREE               
Jingle Pot Campsites and RV Park                        
Phone: 250-758-1614
Resort on the Lake                        
Phone: 250-754-1975               
Westwood Lake RV Camping & Cabins                        
Phone: 250-753-3922
Mountainaire Campground & RV Park                
Phone: 250-245-1169           

Nanaimo Lakes Campsite               
Phone: 250-714-9525

Public sanidumps in Nanaimo, BC

Husky Station
#10 - 5800 Turner Road

Mid Island Co-op
6673 Mary Ellen Drive

Major grocery stores in Nanaimo, BC

Quality Foods
101-5800 Turner Rd, Northridge

Real Canadian Superstore
6435 Metral Dr.

Walmart Nanaimo Supercentre
6801 North Island Highway

Save-on Foods
6901 Island Highway North, Woodgrove

Annual events in Nanaimo, BC

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

Come and cheer on more than 70 teams of dragon boat racers, enjoy a pancake breakfast, farmers market and other fun activities.

Summertime Blues

Every summer, Nanaimo has some of the top blues artists coming to light up the stage. Music lovers of all ages will be enthralled.

Bite of Nanaimo

Come to the Island in fall and sample a variety of local dishes - you can even vote for your favourite culinary artist.

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