With a harbour as full of activity as Nanaimo's, it is easy to see why the island city is steeped in Maritime tradition.
Nanaimo is one of the oldest and largest cities on Vancouver Island. Known as the “Hub City” because of its central location and easy access from both land and sea, it has become one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in British Columbia. Still holding ties to Maritime traditions, this area is a friendly, creative and spirited community.

Cruise passengers who visit Nanaimo can explore everything from the city's centre to the surrounding wilderness. Nanaimo is home to many artists, musicians and writers whose works can be admired in the many shops, galleries and studios throughout the city.
Nearby Cathedral Grove, known worldwide as the home of some of Canada's oldest and largest fir trees, is a popular destination. First Nations attractions are also well worth a visit, including the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre and Georgia Park, which are dedicated to the area's First Nations communities.

Today, the Hudson's Bay Company's fort still stands. Built in 1853 and known as the Nanaimo Bastion it is a testament to the city's beginnings as a trading post.