Things to do in Nanaimo this long weekend. There are lots of fun and interestig things to do right here in Nanaimo and region. No need to pack up the car and head for distant points. The following comes from Tourism Nanaimo and lists the ten top things to do right here. So, save the fuel and go on a mini vacation right here at home. Whatever else you decide to do, make sure you include a trip to Newcastle Island as one of your 'must-do' things this weekend. Note: bold type is linked for more information.