- 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
The beat, I heard it through the street. it echoed down the corridor, and in our front door. The music caught my ears, it made me want to cheer Its like the cow from Guelph, I had to see it for myself.
The beat, it started in my feet. It moved up my bones, with the vibrating tones. The smiles, went for miles. The cruisies were dancing reeeal groovy! This is my tribute to the amazing Parksville band Kumbana Marimba who was playing there spectacular beats at the Nanaimo downtown market. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2RMQ3wEcN4 News about markets! There is talk of Nanaimo building a year round indoor market for the local farmers. Its still just in the planning phase however this could be something Great for Nanaimo. Discussions took place during the showing of "Diversidad: the road to deconstruct dinner" about the need to support local farmers (and local businesses in general). From this discussion we learnt that VIU is adopting the same model as UVIC and they will be receiving 50% of their food from local producers. VIU is also in the process of building a green house and running it through a solar method of sorts. It is really wonderful to learn about these new things happening in the community, that will help support the locals of the area. Good Work! The streets were alive yesterday!! Events were happening all over the Downtown. Yesterday at the Guesthouse we used our meeting space at the Corner Lounge to host the Nanaimo Global Film Festival. We had a lot of great feed-back. It seems the film goers would prefer more downtown venues. So we can safely say it was a success! Films played: The Economics of Happiness Diversidad - a road to deconstruct dinner The Pipdreams Project Rainforest: The limit of Splendor It was also British Columbia Rivers day on September 30! The celebration occurred in Bowen Park with live music and a salmon BBQ. Lear more about BC/National River day @ http://commons.bcit.ca/riversday/#about. Nanaimo Seafood Festival took place at Maffeo Sutton Park. Visitors of the special event get to taste delicious seafood tapas from some of Vancouver Islands best Restaurants. These we just a few of the exciting events happening in Nanaimo!!