Snowbird Vacations in Nanaimo, BC

Welcome to scenic Nanaimo - the City of Harbours. Enjoy a community full of stunning beauty and West Coast charm. At the Best Western Dorchester Nanaimo you can expect warm hospitality, top-notch service, tastefully furnished accommodations and convenient amenities. Our hotel in Nanaimo is popular with snowbirds and locals alike. If you are seeking affordable monthly hotel rentals - Nanaimo has what you are looking for.


The Best Western Dorchester Hotel in Nanaimo, on the east coast of Vancouver Island is approximately one hour and 30 minutes from downtown Victoria by car. Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s recreation heaven - there are so many bike trails, hiking paths, dining venues and bars, as well as plenty of shopping and boating opportunities. BC Ferries has regular ferry service from Nanaimo Departure Bay and Duke Point to the mainland, so you are always just moments away from exploration and adventure.


Our convenient and affordable heritage hotel offers 71 non-smoking well-appointed rooms and suites that are suitable for leisure travellers, business executives, pet owners and those seeking a longer stay in our beautiful city. featuring thoughtful room amenities such as complimentary wi-fi and coffee, as well as flat-screen tvs and cozy beds, you are sure to feel right at home when you stay with us.

We also offer excellent hotel amenities for your stay, including a roof-top patio, on-site dining, free overnight parking, a fully equipped fitness centre, business centre and free laundry machines to use.


Welcome all snowbirds! Nanaimo is the perfect place to rest and relax for the winter months. There is simply so much to see and do and natural beauty at every turn. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, offering numerous opportunities for breath-taking views and long rejuvenating strolls. The great thing about visiting Nanaimo is that you can travel from the centre of the bustling city to wilderness in minutes.

If you are looking for things to do in Nanaimo’s winter season, there are plenty of points of interest, Nanaimo tourist attractions to explore, and exhilarating hikes around Nanaimo to enjoy, including the Abyss Trail, Bowen Park trails and Jack’s Point and Biggs Park.

From spectacular performances by the Vancouver Island Symphony, stunning views from Nanaimo Harbour and the famous BC Ale Trail to camping in Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, a boat ride to nearby Gabriola Island and the annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights – there is so much to keep you entertained. We also have the historic Nanaimo Museum, Casino Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter, which is home to boutique shops, restaurants and more.


Our main hospital, the National Regional General Hospital, is less than a ten-minute taxi ride away from our hotel and Harbour Air seaplanes services is a short five-minute walk away. You will find everything you need just steps from our hotel, from pharmacies and grocery stores to wine shops and a barber shop. Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, London Drugs and the BC Liquor Store can be found a five-minute walk way along Terminal Avenue, on the way to the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry Terminal.