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Nanaimo is one of the portals to Vancouver Island, home of countless outdoor activities perfect for exploring in a motorhome rental. This large city is on the southeast side of Vancouver Island and is easily accessed by the Vancouver city ferry. Like many other Canadian towns, this one also started as a Hudson Bay Trading outpost in the mid-19th century. Coal was the main export from Nanaimo, and relics from that time can still be found all over.

There’s a significant presence of Indigenous Nations people in Nanaimo who continue to preserve the heritage of their ancestors. They took advantage of the natural resources that the land and sea offer long before Europeans arrived. Tourists can learn all about their way of life at several sites near Nanaimo. Being one of the largest population centers on Vancouver Island, you’ll find plenty of RV rentals in Nanaimo. You can drive almost the entire length of the island in your Nanaimo RV rental, from Victoria on one end to Port Hardy on the other.

The Great Outdoors

The coastline around Nanaimo makes it a sought-after destination for paddlers. Kayakers can explore beaches only accessible by boat, rocky bluffs, estuaries, and small islands. Canoe and kayak destinations near Nanaimo include the Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park, the Nanaimo River Estuary, and Protection Island. The tides will heavily influence where you can go, so be sure to check on them before getting on the water.

There are over 100 miles of hiking trails for all preferences and abilities in and around Nanaimo. One of the easiest is the Colliery Dam Nature Trail, a flat interpretive trail along the river that’s especially known for being dog-friendly. One of the most scenic – but challenging – trails is the five-mile Mount Benson Trail. This tough climb takes you to a hilltop park that affords 360-degree views that are spectacular year-round. You’ll also find several waterfall hikes in the area too, including Little Qualicum Falls, Englishman River Falls, and Ammonite Falls.

Nanaimo is an excellent mountain biking destination with some of the best trails on Vancouver Island. Cyclists can find trails suitable for all styles and abilities. You’ll find four miles of single track and wide trails at Westwood Lake and 38 miles of trails at Doumont. There’s also a bike park in the middle of Nanaimo where you can practice tricks and jumps. The Nanaimo Parkway Trail is a more peaceful trail, connecting many of Nanaimo’s parks via a 12-mile paved path.

Camping in Nanaimo

The surrounding area has countless opportunities for you to base your rental RV in Nanaimo and set out to explore.

Brannen Lake RV Park has 120 sites with a mix of hookup options, from primitive to full-service. The sites are either pull-through or back-in, and all have picnic tables and fire pits. Other amenities include laundry, hot showers, and internet. There are many opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming, and fishing at Brannen Lake. The campground is open year-round, has a convenience store, and also welcomes your pets. Brannen Lake RV Park is only 15 minutes from the ferry dock.

The Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Park is one of the larger RV parks near Nanaimo, with 300 sites. This campground is also open year-round, and RV sites have either 30-amp and 50-amp hookups, and there's a dump station on-site. The campground is on a beautiful property with forested, beachside, and riverfront campsites. Three sides of the RV park are surrounded by water, and you can stretch your legs on the hiking trails next to the river.

Ten minutes from the ferry dock, you’ll find the Jingle Pot RV Park and Campground. Amenities at this campground include hot showers, laundry, and internet. There are a total of 120 sites, including pull-through sites for larger RVs. You can reserve either serviced or non-serviced sites. This campground is known for its beautifully-landscaped grounds with rock gardens and colorful flowers. Pets are welcome at Jingle Pot.

Another year-round option for your camper rental in Nanaimo is Westwood Lake RV Camping. This campground has 52 sites, 43 of which have full hookups, and the rest have 30-amp and water service. Westwood Lake RV Camping features hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak rentals, and beaches for swimming. Campground amenities include hot showers, laundry, and internet. Each site has picnic tables and fire pits, and pets are allowed. This campground is located between the Departure Bay and Duke Point ferries. Some sites are right on the lake while the rest are within easy walking distance.

Exploring the City

The harbor at Nanaimo brings in some great fresh fish, and there are some fantastic restaurants to sample the local seafood. You can also book a variety of tours from the harbor, from full-day trips on large catamarans to small group tours in kayaks. Visit remote beaches, play with the harbor seals, or go diving in the kelp forests.

The Nanaimo Museum is a must-see attraction and an excellent option for a rainy day. You can walk through a traditional Snuneymuxw longhouse to see how the natives lived for centuries before European settlement and visit a coalminer’s preserved cabin. There’s also a sports museum attached to the Nanaimo Museum; this region has contributed more than its share to the sports world.

Nanaimo has a variety of shops and art galleries in the Old City Quarter and the town’s Arts District. While renting an RV in Nanaimo, you’ll find one-of-a-kind boutiques, hands-on studios, and indigenous artisans. Music lovers can find performances in several indoor and outdoor venues.

There are plenty of gas stations and outfitters in Nanaimo where you can restock your Nanaimo motorhome rental before continuing on your adventure of Vancouver Island. From the ferry port of Nanaimo, the closest mainland port is Vancouver.

RV Rentals in Nanaimo, BC

Nanaimo, BC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Nanaimo. Outdoorsy's Nanaimo RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Nanaimo, BC

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Popular Nearby Trails

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Channel Trail to Giovando Lookout Nanaimo, BC
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Morrell Nature Sanctuary Nanaimo, BC
Westwood Ridge Nanaimo, BC
Extension Ridge Trail Loop Nanaimo, BC
Piper's Lagoon Park Trail Nanaimo, BC
Linley Valley/Cottle Lake Trail Nanaimo, BC
Humility Trail Nanaimo, BC
Mount Benson Nanaimo, BC
Lost Lake Trail Nanaimo, BC

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
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Riverview RV Park Clallam County, WA
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground Jefferson County, WA

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Recommendations for Nanaimo, BC from Outdoorsy Owners

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

We love this spot for the easy to moderate hiking trails, access over a specular waterfall to lower pools, and it's the perfect hub to explore nearby attractions like 'Goats on the Roof' in Coombs.

Jun 29, 2019