Painted Turtle Guesthouse
121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, Canada

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Welcome to the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, winner of the most outstanding hostel of the year award across Canada! Plus the Certificate of Excellence 2 years running.

If you are looking for fresh, fun, and affordable accommodation in Nanaimo, you have found it!! Our cozy, clean and relaxed accommodation offers the ideal place to sleep, socialize and see the sights! Our funky guesthouse is a warm blend of hostel, guesthouse, and boutique will have to see it to believe it!

Opened in 2004, the Painted Turtle Guesthouse is a fully renovated 1913 heritage building. Located steps away from Nation wide vote of greatest street in Canada. The reasoning for this title is the culture, cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, art galleries, bakeries, and street performers. Plus the seawall is only a block and a half away, providing trails, swimming lagoon, crabbing opportunities, local artisans, delicious ice cream, play ground and access to 3 beautiful and special islands.

Our guesthouse provides you with a unique great room with a fully contained, self catering kitchen and eating area, a cozy living area with book exchange and fireplace, 2 computer kiosks plus FREE WIFI, games and a foosball table. We also offer FREE luggage storage, laundry facilities, office services, travel kiosk and our Stay and Save program, which provides you with discounts to many of the downtown vendors. Get a taste of the West Coast!!

We have dorm beds (female, male & co-ed), private rooms, and family rooms - perfect for backpackers and groups. FREE towels and sheets are provided in all rooms. Bathrooms are centrally located and exceptionally clean, each bathroom is outfitted with a sink, toilet and shower for your private use. Our family friendly, home away from home ambiance, makes us perfect for every kind of traveller.

Are you a student, new to town or here on business? Ask about our special long-term stay rates. Our prices can't be beat!

Reservations guaranteed with a VISA or Mastercard only.

We look forward to meeting you and making your stay in Nanaimo unforgettable!



It's quick and affordable to get to Nanaimo and the Painted Turtle Guesthouse. We may be located on the largest island on the west coast of Canada - in the Pacific Ocean until you reach Japan - but we could not be easier to get to... Whether you are coming by water, land or air, expect the journey here to be an incredible part of your trip.

By sea - BC Ferries will bring you into a port that is only minutes from the Painted Turtle.

By air, get a window seat and enjoy the spectacular scenery enroute from Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary or Seattle to the regional airport in Nanaimo. The other way to fly is by seaplane which drops you off right at our front door step.

By Island driving, Nanaimo is centrally located on the Island and is easily accessible by the TransCanada and major Highways from the north, south and eastern destinations.

By bus, hop on Greyhound Canadas Island partner (Grayline) or the Tofino Bus. The Tofino Bus links the three Hostel International properties in Tofino, Nanaimo and Victoria.

There is a local bus stop directly in front of the Painted Turtle. Jump on a local bus, it will take you anywhere....go explore!