A treasured Location

Central to everything an urbanite wants and needs. Harbourview District is only a 10-minute walk to the heart of the city and 20 minutes by car to North Nanaimo. If public transit is your preferred mode of transportation, Harbourview is 9 minutes walk from the central transit terminal. If you are traveling to the Mainland, you are 10 minutes drive to the BC Ferries Departure Bay terminal, and a scenic 20-minute flight to downtown Vancouver from the harbour’s Helijet and Harbour Air terminals. For longer flights, Nanaimo International Airport is less than 15 minutes away by car.


  1. FireHouse Grill
  2. White Rabbit Coffee
  3. Coach and Horses
  4. The Breakfast Nook
  5. Flavours of India
  6. Milton Street Public House
  7. The Vault
  8. Zala Thia
  9. Cold Front Gelato 
  10. Gabriel’s
  11. Craftfare
  12. Modern Cafe
  13. Melenge
  14. White Sails
  15. Cliffside

Entertainment & Recreation

35. Deverill Park

36. Harbourfront seawall

37. Port Theater

38. Mine Memorial

39. Nanaimo Museum

40. Maffeo Sutton Park


16. Arbutus Books

17. Guava/Om Boys

18. Archer and Arrow

19. Cayo Fashions

20. Fascinating Rhythm

21. Quintessentials

22. NYLA

23. Common Foundry

24. Gallery Merrick


25. HeliJet

26. Harbourair

27. Gabriola Ferry

28. London Drugs

29. Thrifty foods

30. Medical Arts Clinic

31. TD Canada Trust

32. CIBC

33. Scotia Bank

34. Network Hub

Nanaimo Amenities

Retail: There are more than a dozen indoor and outdoor malls in Nanaimo, including downtown’s Port Place Mall and North Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre, Vancouver Island’s largest shopping centre.

Nanaimo’s waterfront Seawall and Maffeo Sutton Park are popular spots for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters alike. You’ll find fishermen at the crab dock, children playing in the expansive playground, and people of all ages meandering the Swy-a-Lana lagoon’s walkways.

Restaurants and Cafés: Culinary delights await at every turn. Nanaimo’s chefs are showcasing their talents, whether it’s fine dining at the Firehouse Grill, elevated casual fare at the renowned Nest Bistro, Mediterranean cuisine at Asteras Greek Taverna or farm-to-table gastronomy at Gabriel’s Café. 

Nanaimo Aquatic Centre: The centre boasts one of the largest wave pools in western Canada and one of the island’s most popular 50-meter pools. A centre for all ages, there are weight rooms, a café, swimwear shop, and a physiotherapy clinic.

The Port Theatre hosts more than 250 performances and musical events a year and is home to the Vancouver Island Symphony. Or head over to the White Rabbit Coffee Co for pop-up live shows, or drop in at the Queens for some homegrown musical talent.

Formerly Malaspina College, Vancouver Island University’s main campus is in Nanaimo. VIU recently opened a new Health and Science Centre and a renovated Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex, and plays a pivotal role in the educational, cultural and economic growth of Nanaimo.