A few of the more popular activity and sightseeing park and trail destinations located in Nanaimo and the surrounding area includes Neck Point, Pipers Lagoon, Newcastle Island, Departure Bay Beach, Morrell Nature Park, Elliott's Beach Park, Pipers Lagoon Park, Westwood Lake, Buttertubs Marsh, Maffeo-Sutton Park, Malaspina Galleries, Cable Bay Trail, Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park and Diver Lake Park. ( View Parks )
Some of the most visited natural attractions, museums, art and cultural venues in Nanaimo, British Columbia and the surrounding regions includes Protection Island, Gabriola Island, Nanaimo Bastion, Vancouver Island Military Museum, Port Theatre, Vancouver Island Symphony (VIS), Old City Quarter, Nanaimo Museum and Shack Island in Pipers Lagoon Park.
Services important to vacation planning in and around the community of Nanaimo, BC includes accommodations (hotel, motel, resorts, vacation homes, cottages, bed and breakfast, rental suites, hostels), tours, guides, campgrounds, pubs, restaurants, gas stations, gift stores, liquor stores, grocery stores, winery, big box stores, banks, and transportation services including taxi, bus, water taxi, car rentals, marinas, the Nanaimo Airport (Cassidy) and three BC Ferry Terminals.
Duke Point Ferry Terminal (southside of Nanaimo) - services the Vancouver Mainland. Departure Bay Ferry Terminal (central Nanaimo) - services the Vancouver Mainland and Sunshine Coast. Gabriola Ferry Terminal (south Nanaimo) - services Gabriola Island of the Gulf Islands.