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Nanaimo

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Harbor City

Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island. With the second largest harbor on the island and a convenient ferry service from the mainland, the city makes an ideal base for tours of the surrounding area. For most visitors sightseeing in Nanaimo begins at the city's pedestrianized seawall, flanked by restaurants and craft shops. Travelers looking for a hit of adrenaline take a trip to Nanaimo to bungee jump, scuba dive, and hike through pristine forests and along a wild coast largely unspoiled by commercialization. Nanaimo is in Vancouver Island. Customize your holiday with our Canada itinerary planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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