Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, about 70.2 miles (113 kilometres) northwest of Victoria and 34.1 miles (55 kilometres) west of Vancouver. The 'Harbour City' of Nanaimo is separated by the Strait of Georgia, and linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. View more
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Experience the splendid beauty, landmarks and history of Nanaimo during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Nanaimo City Tour
Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 75-minute drive through Nanaimo. Along the way, take in the breath-taking panoramic beauty of the picturesque waterfront walkway. Built in 1853, it overlooks the Georgia Strait, coastal mountains and Gulf Islands. From here, continue on to the modern and heritage districts, where dozens of old storefronts, bars, the Great National Land Building, Free Press Building and BC Tel Exchange offer a unique look at life in the city during its coal-mining era.
Next, proceed to Cathedral Grove, where trees tower 200 feet and form a dense canopy of fragrant pines. Upon arrival, take in the pristine natural beauty and serenity of Cathedral Grove during a self-guided stroll through the park's old-growth rainforest.
Your final stop is at the Coombs Market. One of Vancouver Island's landmark attractions, the market features a small herd of friendly local goats busily grazing on the thick sod roof overhead. Not only are they a joy to observe, the goats are a practical solution that keeps this Norwegian-inspired building looking neat and trim. During your visit, some free time is made available to browse the crafts and artwork, and learn about the history of this early-20th-century town. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10-20 steps at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Walking on the paths at Cathedral Grove is at the discretion of each guest. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Embrace the spectacular natural splendour and flavours of the Cowichan Valley during this half-day sightseeing and wine excursion.
Nanaimo City and Cowichan Valley
Depart the pier for a scenic, 1.5-hour drive through Nanaimo City and the beautiful Cowichan Valley, which is renowned for its award-winning vineyards. Along the way, marvel at stunning panoramic vistas of fertile valleys, rolling mountains, undulating rivers, pristine lakes, and a dramatic coastline.
Cherry Point Vineyards and Winery
Your first stop is at the Cherry Point Vineyards and Winery. Upon arrival, join the staff for a guided tour of their estate and wine tasting with their expert vintner. A selection of their finest award-winning red and white wines along with famous dessert wines, are available for your tasting pleasure.
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a guided tour and wine tasting at the Blue Grouse Estate Winery. Once the preferred habitat of blue grouse this 45-acre (18.2-hectare) estate is tucked away on a sunny slope of the Cowichan Valley. Your visit includes a guided tour and tasting of this contemporary winery, which mixes old island and new classic wines. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tour sequence may vary.
Take a step back in time during this leisurely heritage walking tour through Nanaimo, the third-oldest city in British Columbia.
Nanaimo and Bastion
Depart the pier for an interpretive guided walking tour through Nanaimo. Learn about the city's colourful past during visits to historic landmarks that include the Bastion. Built in 1853 by the Hudson's Bay Company, it has been used as a fort, jail, store and a museum. The Bastion was constructed without the use of nails, yet has been moved three times during its legacy.
Downtown Historical Areas
Next, proceed to the downtown area, where your walking tour combines three major historical routes; the Coal Connection, Harbour Connection and Railroad Connection. At the conclusion of your scenic and informative walking tour, return to the pier on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for 6.2 miles (about 10 kilometres), and up to 50 steps to negotiate at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, a wheelchair-accessible route is available on a private basis for an additional cost. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Explore the historic sites and natural splendour of Port Alberni in a unique new way during this picturesque, half-day excursion via antique locomotive.
Nanaimo City and Surrounds
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Port Alberni. En route, pass through Nanaimo's Historical District, and by the breath-taking Cathedral Grove and Cameron Lake.
Port Alberni Locomotive Tour
Upon arrival in Port Alberni, proceed to the restored 1912 Railway Station and board the open-sided rolling stock, which is pulled by a 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive. The track winds through the city of Port Alberni and surrounding forests during your narrated, 35-minute rail journey to Canada's only steam-operated sawmill.
This restored National Historic Site dates from 1926, commemorates the history of logging and saw milling in British Columbia, and includes a replica of a 1928 log carriage. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and train, and 50-80 steps at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the sights of the second-largest city on Vancouver Island during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion to Nanaimo.
Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Morden Mine. Upon arrival, begin your guided tour. Learn about Vancouver Island's coal mining history and the daily life of a miner, and explore the remains of the coal tipple, dumping chutes and huge concrete archway that once formed the lower section of the mine's boiler plant.
Piper's Lagoon Waterfront Park and Reserve
Next, proceed to Piper's Lagoon Waterfront Park, home of the Garry Oak Tree Ecological Reserve and a popular seaside retreat for nature-lovers, bird-watchers and sunbathers. The park features a serene lagoon and pebble beach with diverse bird species, and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Georgia Strait, coastal mountains and Shack Island.
Departure Bay Beach and Bastion
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier. En route, drive along Departure Bay Beach and pass by Bastion, Nanaimo's first and oldest building and the last outpost of the region's Hudson Bay Company era.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 20-30 steps at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.