Hostels in Nanaimo, Canada

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Get to know Nanaimo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nanaimo. To help you make friends with Nanaimo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island and one of the towns that has a ferry that frequents the island from Vancouver. To get to Nanaimo, there is also a sea plane company that flies out of Richmond or Vancouver airport for a fairly reasonable price in comparison to some of the bus companies if you book online. The ferry terminal is a fair distance from the downtown region and you will need to take a bus from here to downtown Nanaimo to find your Nanaimo hostel. Hostels in Nanaimo are all located quite centrally to the main strip of shops and restaurants. You will find all of the major amenities that you will need during your stay here within walking distance.

Nanaimo has a reputation for being grimy and a bit sketchy. It is not a place that is safe in some areas and you should refrain from walking around late at night if you can avoid it. During the day there are a few different things to explore within the town; however it is not overly touristy and most people don't stop here and breeze right on through to wherever else it is that they are going. So you might want to get a hostel for just a night or two, but If you are here for the day, there is the museum and the Bastion downtown that you can go visit or you can take one of the ferries over to Newcastle Island and go hiking for the day. Other than that, there isn't a great deal to do here and your time on Vancouver Island is best spent elsewhere.

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FAQ about Nanaimo Hostels

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A hostel in Nanaimo costs on average $37 for a dorm. A hostel in Nanaimo with private rooms costs on average $89.
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Nanaimo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nanaimo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$37 Average dorm price
$89 Average private room price
$38 Cheapest hostel in Nanaimo
1 Party hostels in Nanaimo
Cambie Hostel - Nanaimo is the best rated
7.3 Average rating of all hostels

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