Nanaimo, The Harbour CityWestCAST 2017, hosted by VIU Faculty of Education, takes place in Nanaimo, “the Harbour City.” Nanaimo is a friendly oceanfront centre with the longest shoreline in Canada. Situated approximately 110 km north of Victoria, British Columbia,  and about 80 km–and a ferry ride–west of Vancouver, Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island and the sixth largest city in BC.  With a variety of accommodations to fit your budget and lifestyle, come for WestCast 2017, but stay to enjoy some of the many other experiences that Nanaimo has to offer: boating, biking, hiking, kayaking, shopping, dining or maybe a scenic flight in a seaplane over the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Our Interactive Map with suggested hotels and conference venue marked.

To book a room, please call the hotel directly and ask for the WestCast Conference block of rooms.

Coast Bastion (250) 753-6601
  • 11 Bastion St., Nanaimo, BC.
  • $139.99 + taxes – standard, non-smoking with 2 queens. Must
    book before Jan. 18/15
  • Room Rate includes free local calls, use of Pool and Gym
    facilities, and free high-speed internet.
  • Approximately a 4 min walk from the conference venue,
    Vancouver Island Conference Centre. See walking
The Best Western
Dorchester Hotel 
(250) 754-6835
70 Church Street, Nanaimo BC V9R 5H4
Reservation Dept: 250 754 6835  or 1 800 661 2449
Group Link:

  • Standard (1 Queen): $119.00
  • Double (2 Double Beds): $139.00
  • Held until February 15, 2017
  • Group Code: WestCAST 2017
The Painted Turtle Guest
House (250) 753-4432
  • 121 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A2, Canada
  • A Classic Room: $49.00 + tax
  • Dorm Rooms: $22.50 + tax
  • Promo Code: VIU Conference
Other Options
There are many other options near the Vancouver Island
Conference Centre or the city of Nanaimo.