- 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
Things to Do and See
Let us help you plan your activities on Vancouver Island!
We live here, we play here and we love it here! Check out our top recommended day tours and activities.
Day Tour #1 – Whale Watching
Whales watching is the #1 top-rated activity on Vancouver Island for visitors April – October annually. Make whale watching your priority for the day, and choose one of our top whale watching destinations – Victoria, Cowichan Valley or Campbell River.
Click here to download a printable version of our Vancouver Island whale watching itinerary. (PDF format, 724k)
Day Tour #2 – Tofino & Wild West Coast
This is a full but incredible day tour with highlights including Cathedral Grove old-growth forest, waterfalls, bears & eagles at the Wildlife Recovery Centre, Long Beach in Tofino, Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail and a steam train ride in Port Alberni.
Click here to download a printable version of our Wild West Coast itinerary. (PDF format, 800k)
Day Tour #3 – Galleries, Agriculture & Wineries
Experience the wine and culture of Vancouver Island, with highlights including Cowichan Valley wineries, dining on wild salmon overlooking the ocean, tour a cranberry farm, and explore Barton & Leir Gallery.
Day Tour #4 – Victoria & Surrounds
Take a breathtaking drive over the Malahat mountains to Victoria and surrounding area. Highlights include double-decker bus tour of downtown Victoria, Butchart Gardens, and shopping for Native arts and crafts.
Day Tour #5 – Mount Washington & More
Head to Mount Washington for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or hiking, mountain biking and a gondola in the summer. Additional highlights include buying world famous fresh oysters, sea lions at Fanny Bay & exploring underground caves.
Day Tour #6 – Gulf Island Hopping
While there are 13 major and over 450 small Gulf Islands to choose from, experience the best of Gulf Island hopping by visiting Salt Spring Island. Take BC Ferries, then experience a seaside village, remote beaches, local artisans, organic markets and meet the locals.