- Business Traveler
For business owners, travelling salespeople, government employees on the go and marketing executives, business travel is still an important part of company success. Nanaimo is a hotspot for business travellers because it is centrally located on Vancouver Island.
- Extended Stay
The Painted Turtle Guesthouse offers all the comforts of home for our extended stay travelers. Whether you are working in the area, a student studying for a short period of time, between homes or a snow bird looking to migrate to warmer climate, we have affordable accommodation with home-away-from-home amenities to suit your needs.
- Group Coordinator
Need group accommodation for your business, organization, club, church, school, team or special event? The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is a fresh alternative to traditional hotel, motel or hostel accommodation with our unique group services & amenities. If your group size is between 10-50 people, consider a stay with us! Choose your group type below for more detail.
- Leisure & Family
Prefer traveling with like-minded people & meeting others while you travel? Enjoy being immersed in the heart of the community you are visiting? Appreciate staying in unique accommodations run by owners & staff that are passionate about enhancing your travel experience? Then you’ll enjoy the Painted Turtle Guesthouse for your next Nanaimo visit as a family, couple, or single traveler.
- Special Events
A perfect base for your special events! From girl's nights, reunions, regional retreats, weddings and any occasion where you want to stay in the same place. Combining accommodation, self -catering or catered options AND common areas to make us a unique choice to stay with a few or up to 50 of your favourite friends & family. Full facility bookings available select months - wow!
- World Traveler
Your hosts, Australian/Canadians Bruce & Angie Barnard have stayed in grass huts in Papua New Guinea, swags in the outback of Australia, five-star hotels in Hong Kong, teahouses in Nepal, bed and breakfasts in England and hostels in the United States. Our favourite places to stray were always the accommodation that offered the most genuine hospitality and made us feel at home.
In 2003, we were on a round-the-world travel adventure from our home in Perth, Western Australia, when we discovered Nanaimo on British Columbia, Canada’s Vancouver Island. We were immediately inspired by the fabulous ocean views and breathtaking mountain vistas. The city of Nanaimo, with its walkable downtown hub, West Coast lifestyle and friendly people made us fall in love with this great community. After a brief two-hour visit, and three subsequent chance encounters with Nanaimo admirers, we returned to Nanaimo to explore our vision of renovating a heritage property, and creating a fresh, affordable, lifestyle oriented accommodation for like-minded travelers.
We postponed our flight to South America, and after just 11 weeks, we transformed the 1875 heritage Commercial Hotel into the ‘Painted Turtle Guesthouse’ - a 20-room character accommodation that now welcomes regional groups, visiting friends and family, backpackers and travelers from around the world. Along with a guesthouse filled with caring, competent staff, we are proud to offer you – our guests - quality accommodation with communal state of mind and a true desire to make your travel experience in Nanaimo, BC a memorable one.
Book a stay with us today… we look forward to meeting you.
Come as a guest & leave as a friend!