Central Island

Each of the communities on this stretch of coastline sports its own charm and character. Bustling Ladysmith is a favourite with gourmands and antique-seekers alike. Shoppers delight in the streets lined with heritage storefronts. If you prefer to sample wine and local farm produce, head to Yellow Point. Or, if galleries are on your agenda, carry on to the artist's studios and funky sculpture gardens of Cedar.

The next jewel on the coast is the thriving City of Nanaimo, which boasts a lively cultural scene, and a great selection of restaurants. A typical day might include boating in the
harbour's protected waters and anchoring at a floating pub for lunch. The afternoon might find you strolling the lanes and pathways around the Old City or along the 5-kilometer
waterfront walk, discovering hints of the town's colourful history, or listening to an open-air concert in a festival plaza. Or you might check out one of the city's favourite pastimes— watching races in the harbour (whether dragonboats, sailboats, or bathtubs). To top of a day of outdoor activity, you can satisfy your craving for ethnic specialties, homestyle pub grub, or fresh Northwest cuisine.

To work up an appetite, head to Parksville and nearby Qualicum for beachcombing on sandy shores, exploring teeming tide pools, or simply strolling along a lively seaside
promenade. A wide range of accommodations is available to suit every visitor, along with an equally compelling mix of boutique shops, restaurants, and gourmet food producers.

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