HI-Nanaimo Painted Turtle Guesthouse is a fully renovated 1913 heritage building. Located in the heart of the waterfront/arts district in downtown Nanaimo, it sits amongst trendy cafes & restaurants, pubs & clubs, art galleries, bakeries, street performers and local points of interest. The Guesthouse is well appointed and has achieved the highest standard available under the Hostelling International group.

All features have been designed with the active traveller in mind, and we have thrown in a few special features: private bathrooms, FREE internet (terminals and wireless), free luggage storage and a living area that includes kitchen and dining facilities, a cosy fireplace and free games.

The Painted Turtle is so close to everything that within 5 minutes you can walk to the Port Theatre, Harbour Lynx and BC ferry terminals, the 4km Harbourside Walkway, the Old City Quarter shopping district, outdoor and indoor recreation facilities, and other key tourist attractions.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Food-lovers

Green rating


Travel tips...

Attraction tip

737 Dive at Chemanais

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Thu 02 May 2013

Budget meal tip

Modern Cafe has awesome fish chowder for less than 10 bucks. Power House living foods has some yummy raw vegan pizza and awesome cakes. Mon Petit Choux is an awesome place to go get coffee.

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Mon 26 Aug 2013