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Nanaimo has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! No, they’re not the blue water and sandy beaches of Hawaii or the Caribbean, but the waters of the Pacific Ocean on the shores of Vancouver Island make for a wild, rugged, natural beauty that is truly one-of-a-kind. 



Qualicum Beach is maybe the quintessential Vancouver Island beach. Teeming with wildlife like herons, eagles and plenty of fish, a walk across Qualicum is just the thing for kids to develop a lifelong fascination with biology and ecology. The stony beach hides all sorts of delights like tiny crabs, amphibians and so much more. A long paved trail following the path of the beach makes it easy to explore for everyone, including anyone with mobility issues, but if you’re willing or able to scurry among the rocks and stones you’ll find your curiosity amply rewarded! 



Another rugged beauty, Buccaneer Beach is a hidden gem in nearby Bowser. Located down a short path that takes you away from civilization and into a small, lush alcove surrounded by trees and bustling with wildlife, this is a perfect place to get away from it all and re-centre on what matters. Bring a thermos of tea and plan on having a truly good sit. 



The heart of Nanaimo. This outdoor space has it all: a fantastic, sandy beach, a playground, an outdoor gym, lots of green grass to spread out a blanket and have a family picnic, and frequent community events. This is the kind of park that brings a community together, even during times of difficulty – if you’re looking for a great way to be out with people while maintaining a safe distance from people, then you owe yourself a trip to Parksville Community Park. 


Nanaimo is a great way to get away from it all. A portal to all the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island in a charming small city that feels like a close-knit village, Nanaimo is a great place to visit for a low-stakes vacay. Book a room at the Best Western Dorchester Inn today!

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