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Located on Vancouver Island Nanaimo is a great place for paddlers to explore different bays, inlets, and the Pacific Ocean.

Located 100 kilometres north of BC’s capital city of Victoria, Nanaimo is a lively harbour community that boasts interesting culture, incredible coastal scenery, and innumerable paddling opportunities. It’s an easy and well-protected jaunt to the nearby Newcastle and Gabriola islands and there are miles of sandy beaches that are accessible along the coastline including Nanoose Bay and Qualicum Beach. Kayak fishing is also popular here because of the five species of salmon that can be caught as well as cod, halibut, and ocean perch. In short, Nanaimo offers so much more than the dessert bar named after it.

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Here are the experts who will help perfect your paddling trip.

Buccaneer Inn

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lessons, rentals & tours
Coastal Expression

If you’re looking for a canoe or kayak rental, lesson or guided tour Coastal Expression offers them all!

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Coast Bastion Hotel

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Drip Coffee | Social

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Gabriel’s Cafe

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Gina’s Mexican Cafe

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tours and lessons
Island Römer Adventures

Explore the ocean on a guided kayaking tour with Island Römer Adventures.

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rentals
Jeff’s Kayak and Bike Rentals

Rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards with Jeff’s Kayak and Bike Rentals.

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melange restaurant

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Ramada by Wyndham Nanaimo

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Serious Coffee Vancouver Island Conference Centre

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Tourism Nanaimo Visitor Centre

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Tourism Nanaimo Visitor Centre

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White Sails Brewing

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Explore more in this community.

Every corner of BC has something unique to offer. From freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island to rafting on the whitewater of Squamish, you will never find a shortage of amazing paddling.

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