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Nanaimo is a city located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is the second largest city on the island, with a population of around 90,000 people. It is a vibrant and diverse community, with a mix of cultures and lifestyles.

Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 70 km north of Victoria and 160 km south of Campbell River. It is accessible by ferry from Vancouver and is the hub of the Island’s north-south highway, the Trans-Canada Highway.

Nanaimo has a rich history, with the local Snuneymuxw First Nations people having inhabited the area for thousands of years. The first European settlers arrived in the 1840s, and the city was incorporated in 1874. Nanaimo has since grown to become an important port and centre of industry, with a strong focus on tourism.

The city is known for its mild climate and natural beauty, with a combination of rugged coastline and rolling hills. It is home to a number of parks and trails, as well as numerous beaches, lakes, and rivers. Nanaimo is also known for its vibrant art and music scene, as well as its excellent restaurants and shopping.

Nanaimo is a place of great natural beauty and a vibrant cultural scene, making it an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. It is a place of history and tradition, and a great place to explore and enjoy.

Excursion tips for a day in Nanaimo

Nanaimo, located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, is a great destination for tourists looking to explore the beauty of British Columbia. On a day trip to Nanaimo, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including:

1. Exploring the historic downtown area and its many shops, restaurants, and pubs.
2. Taking a stroll along the waterfront and admiring the views of the harbor.
3. Visiting the Nanaimo Museum and learning about the region’s history and culture.
4. Going on a whale watching tour and seeing orcas, humpback whales, and other marine life.
5. Taking a kayak tour around the harbor and nearby islands.
6. Hiking the trails of the nearby Mount Benson and Mount Arrowsmith.
7. Visiting the WildPlay Element Parks and ziplining through the trees.
8. Relaxing on the beach and enjoying the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
9. Taking a ferry ride to nearby Gabriola Island or Newcastle Island.
10. Enjoying a craft beer or spirit tasting at one of the local breweries or distilleries.

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The climate in Nanaimo

Nanaimo in Canada experiences a mild climate over the four seasons. Spring is usually cool and wet, with temperatures ranging from 6 to 15 degrees Celsius. Summer is warm and dry, with temperatures ranging from 13 to 24 degrees Celsius. Fall is cool and wet, with temperatures ranging from 6 to 15 degrees Celsius. Winter is cold and wet, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 8 degrees Celsius. In general, Nanaimo has mild temperatures year-round, with the highest temperatures in the summer and the lowest temperatures in the winter.

Cruise weather for Nanaimo

Our weather forecast for Nanaimo helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 17.2 °C
38.5 m/s
21.6 m/s
4.5 %
16.2 m
56.8 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 14.3 °C
10.1 m/s
15.8 m/s
5.9 %
16.3 m
60.5 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 15 °C
10.1 m/s
15.1 m/s
8.8 %
16.3 m
55.2 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 16.9 °C
9.0 m/s
16.9 m/s
39.3 %
22.2 m
55.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 25.7 °C
min: 15.6 °C
13.0 m/s
16.9 m/s
29.4 %
24.1 m
58.6 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 15.5 °C
10.1 m/s
15.1 m/s
17.8 %
24.1 m
59.3 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 15.5 °C
10.4 m/s
19.4 m/s
14.1 %
22.6 m
58.2 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 14.1 °C
11.5 m/s
20.9 m/s
13.8 %
24.1 m
57.5 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 18.3 °C
min: 12.7 °C
23.0 m/s
31.7 m/s
2.6 %
24.1 m
69.6 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 18.5 °C
min: 13.4 °C
23.0 m/s
32.8 m/s
30.0 %
24.1 m
73.6 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 21.2 °C
min: 14.5 °C
21.2 m/s
31.3 m/s
7.8 %
24.1 m
71.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 15.6 °C
22.7 m/s
41.0 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
70.7 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 18.4 °C
min: 14.8 °C
24.5 m/s
41.4 m/s
0.6 %
23.0 m
74.2 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 17.5 °C
min: 13.2 °C
19.8 m/s
27.7 m/s
17.7 %
24.1 m
76.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 17.1 °C
min: 13.4 °C
22.3 m/s
22.7 m/s
69.1 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Nanaimo

Would you like to travel to Nanaimo on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Nanaimo.

Scheduled ship calls in Nanaimo, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 26th 2024 Monday, 26th of Aug. 2024 MS Regatta 08:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 21st 2025 Monday, 21st of Apr. 2025 MS Europa 2 08:00 am 06:00 pm
May 15th 2025 Thursday, 15th of May 2025 Seabourn Quest 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Oct. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Oct. 2025 MS Noordam 10:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 24th 2026 Friday, 24th of Apr. 2026 MS Noordam 10:00 am 06:00 pm

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