- 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
Very few places in Canada are as exquisite as Vancouver Island is, in April. For those of you travelling from the interior, you may have forgotten what color looks like… these photos were taken on March 23, 2013 just outside the guesthouse.
Carolin Deregowski, 28.11.2012
It has been more than four months since I left Germany for my 6-month internship at the
Painted Turtle Guesthouse in Nanaimo. I have to say: “I can’t believe that time went by
I have never been so far away from home, and a trip like this in a foreign country always
comes with anticipation, excitement but also fear. My fear was gone after the first day in
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.
2 more days until the very popular World Championship Bathtub Race begins.
This event has everything; a parade, food vendors, a downtown sidewalk sale, FREE live music, kids carnival and Fireworks!!!!
So you might me asking why bathtubs? Here's the brief history ......
Recent blog posts
- NEW! Lending Library at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse
- Spring is here, when blossom appear!
- Carolin's Midterm Report
- Lennart Mid Term Report
- We could use your help! - Multi Purpose Room Potential User Survey
- Marimba in the Market
- Floating bathtubs!?!
- Harbour City - Festival Fun!!
- Eating out in Nanaimo
- 'Nanaimo Bar Trail' in Enroute Magazine