Nanaimo is all about outdoor adventure. From our hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails, 200 hundred parks, 3 artificial reefs, oceanside setting, plethora of marinas, single track and BMX, climbing and hurling yourself off a 44 metre bridge, there is an activity for everyone. Sure we have indoor stuff to do but you've come all this way, why would you want to spend your time indoors? Well if you do, we've listed some of those too!
NANAIMO'S GREATEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
MOUNTAIN BIKING With at least 90 kilometres of trails just off Dumont Road, there is a ton of riding here. Tackle the Abyss or Humility rides. How about Mt. Benson's West Ridge Trails which range from 600 to 3200 feet. We've got logging roads, hydro lines and some serious hard core North Shore rides. Guests to Nanaimo can join up with the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club for up to 3 rides before becoming a member. Most of their rides are cross-country, single track, which usually involves climbing in order to enjoy the downhill. Head to Pacific Rim Bicycles for more information and maps or call 250-390-2077.
KAYAKING The Northern Gulf Islands comprise over 200 hundred islands, large and small. A perfect place to scoot around in a sea kayak and check out the little coves, tidal pools and sandstone galleries that make up our part of the world. Newcastle Island and the Dinghy Dock make a perfect leisurely day trip in a kayak. Paddle around the Island and then head over for a meal at the pub. Or paddle out to Snake Island and play around with the seals. Gabriola Island is home to the Malaspina Galleries, sandstone formations created by tidal erosion. Several companies operate out of Nanaimo and offer overnight trips, day trips, Full Moon Howls and Seafood Dinners. Sounds good doesn't it. Visit Alberni Outpost or call The Kayak Shack at (250) 753-3234.
WILD PLAY Want to get your adrenalin rushing? Come to the world-famous Wild Play Adventure Park, where you can bungy jump over the Nanaimo river, hit radical speeds on the ultimate swing or ride the high-speed zip line through the river canyon. These are adrenalin pumping, heart thumping high speed thrills that you can’t afford to miss. You can bungee jump “classic style” or join the growing group of naked bungee jumpers that gather annually near Valentines Day to “let it all hang out” as they bungee jump in the buff to raise money for charity. You must at least go to Wild Play and watch the action. Ranked in 2006 by the National Post as 19th out of 100 things to do in Canada before you die, come to Nanaimo and vist Wild Play for an exhiliarating day of primal adventure.
ATV'S Hop on that ATV and let's head for the hills! The view from the top is breathtaking and the ride up is sensational. Track n Trail ATV offers 2 and 4 hour tours as well as full day tours. Explore the back country of Nanaimo. Stop for a cool lake swim, do some fly fishing or hike into Ammonite Falls. Share with Jim & Karen some of the rugged wilderness of British Columbia's Coastal
Mountain Range while on your comfortable and easy-to-operate All Terrain Vehicle
SAILING Spend a few days with Captain Bill on the Takuli III in and around Nanaimo, Georgia Strait and the Gulf Islands. Visit coastal communities and share their arts, crafts and culture. View rich ecosystems and diverse wildlife against a backdrop of incredible scenery. Explore the shoreline at leisure in our double kayak or rowing dinghy. Anchor in quiet bays at night and enjoy healthy, delicious food. Or skipper your own sail or power boat from Nanaimo Yacht Charters as long as you're qualified!
ROCK CLIMBING Too wet outside, well climb inside! The Romper Room Indoor Climbing Center is a state of the art climbing facility with over 7,500 square feet of climbing surface.The many different climbing angles, from gentle slabs to a huge overhanging lead cave, provide something for everyone. The dedicated bouldering cave has hundreds of problems to work both your body and imagination. Why go climbing? Some people climb for the exercise or simply because they like to wear a tight harness and pointy rubber shoes. Whatever the reason, climbing is a satisfying sport that is never dull, so come on and give it a try!