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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia

+1 (250) 754-1750
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sundays: 12 PM - 5 PM

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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia  V6B 6R5

The nearest intersection is Commercial Street at Bastion. We are located between Flying Fish and Mon Petit Choux in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.

By Public Transit

Southbound from Woodgrove Centre take the 20, 30, or 50 routes. The nearest stop is at Wallace and Fitzwilliam. From there, pass over the Bastion Street Bridge and walk to Commercial Street.

Northbound from Southgate Plaza take the 7 route and depart at the Main Bus exchange, located at 1 Port Place, across the street from Port Place Mall. From there, walk along Terminal Avenue and turn right on to Commercial Street.

By Car

From South Island, stay on Highway 1 (Nicol Street) into downtown Nanaimo. Just past Port Place Mall turn right on to Commercial Street. The Gallery is three blocks up on the right side of the street.

From North Island, turn left at Exit 18, Jingle Pot Road/City Centre and continue down Third Street. Third Street will turn into Fitzwilliam Street, and Fitzwilliam Street will then turn into Bastion. The Gallery is one unit down from Bastion & Commercial Street intersection.

From Terminal Avenue/Island Highway, turn left onto Comox Road, then turn right on to Chapel Street, which will lead to Commercial Street. The Gallery is just past the Bastion & Commercial intersection on the left side of the street.


The nearest parkade is on the corner of Bastion & Fitzwilliam Streets behind the Royal Bank. Parking is free at this location after 5pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday & Sundays. Paid street parking is available.

The nearest accessible parking spot is located one block South on Commercial Street in front of the Harbourfront Library and Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

There is no public parking lot for Gallery visitors.

For more information on downtown Nanaimo parking, please visit:

The closest bike racks are located one block South at Diana Krall Plaza in front of the Coastal Community Credit Union.


Wheelchair Accessibility
Nanaimo Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Street-level access is located via our front entrance on Commercial Street. There are two sets of double automated doors to pass through before entering the Gallery. The first set of automated double doors enters into a lobby. Inside the lobby there is another automated double door to the right. Going in, the access button for each set of doors is located next to the hinge of the left-side door, and the right door is automated.

Art Lab doors are also accessible via street level access on Commercial Street; these doors are not yet automated.


A single room, gender neutral washroom is available both inside the Gallery and at Art Lab. The counter tops in each washroom are 32” high. Change tables are not available in either washroom at this time.

We have wooden benches without arms available for seating inside the Gallery space. Chairs with or without arms can be provided upon request.

Service Animals
A service animal may accompany a visitor to all public areas of the Gallery.

Access Inquiries
We understand that access needs are individual and varied. We are committed to making Nanaimo Art Gallery a welcoming and inclusive space for all visitors. If you would like to discuss your individual access needs at the Gallery, please contact Aaramë Robillard at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1 250 754 1750.

Group Visits & Tours
We offer public and private tours. For private tours we are happy to discuss your access needs and accommodations. Please check our current programming schedule for more information on public tours.

For information on private tours and workshops at Art Lab, please visit:

Scent Free

The Gallery is a scent-free workplace. Our janitorial and bathroom products are earth-friendly and scent-free.


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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia

+1 (250) 754-1750
Tue - Sat: 10 - 5 PM
Sun: 12 - 5 PM



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