Image of the Ballroom (speaker setup) at Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Welcome to downtown Nanaimo

Surrounded by lively cafés, music venues, boutiques, galleries and pubs, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre sits at the heart of Nanaimo’s arts and entertainment district. It’s steps from the picturesque harbour front and only 15 minutes away from wilderness adventures.

Nanaimo has it all, in a surprisingly affordable package. Everything from hotels to dining out is generally less expensive and more accessible here than in Vancouver or Victoria. The city impresses visitors and event planners alike with its natural beauty and friendly islander hospitality.

Getting here is easy

The route is breathtaking, and sea plane and ferry terminals are less than 10 minutes away. Get directions.

Where to stay

Find your ideal place to relax. Choose from 1,200+ guest rooms in accommodations ranging from sleek downtown hotels to oceanfront B&Bs. Search nearby hotels.

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Did you know?

Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown.