Nanaimo Travellers Lodge

Operator:  Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society
Address:   1298 Nelson St, Nanaimo, BC  V9S 2K5
Phone:      250-758-4676

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Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Exterior Photo   Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Interior Photo


Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


Publicly Subsidized Units: 90
Private-Pay Units: 0

Building Description

The Nanaimo Travellers Lodge is a 2-storey wood frame building located at the corner of Nelson Street and Boundary Avenue, within a block of the Hospital. The Lodge is approximately 41,000 square feet and is located on 1.8 acres. Each of the secure units have their own secure garden as does the main building. A soothing waterfall adds an interesting dimension to the outdoor garden of the main building.

Building Amenities

Nanaimo Travellers Lodge was built in 1964 with renovations in 1978 and as recently as 2000. The oldest and newest wings of the building are secure units of 14 and 12 beds respectively. Residents who reside in the Main Building can freely move throughout the building. All rooms are private and all have a 2-piece bathroom with the exception of the newest 12 rooms that have a 3-piece bathroom.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

The Lodge is located one block away from the Nanaimo General Regional Hospital. There are 2 bus stops adjacent to the Lodge. The Lodge is located within walking distance of apartment building and assisted living.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

We aim to meet the individual needs of all of our Residents and treat all with respect and dignity.

Philosophy of Care

Eden Alternative.

Accreditation Status

Accredited with Commendation, May 2015-May 2019.
Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit here: http://www.accreditation.ca.

Type of Accommodation

Each resident room is private. All rooms contain a private 2-piece bath with the exception of the newest construction that contains a 3-piece bath. Limited ceiling lifts are available; most lifting, if needed, is done by floor lifts.


Residents pay up to 80% of their after-tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Our aim to enrich the lives of the individuals who reside with us by introducing variety and spontaneity. To this end, we have resident pets, encourage intergenerational visits by children attending day care, and encourage volunteers.


Wheelchair friendly

Motorized Scooter Policy

Not permitted.

Pet Policy

Visiting pets are encouraged, provided they are vaccinated, well-behaved, dogs are kept on a leash, and the owner cleans up if there are accidents. The Lodge has resident cats, birds, and fish.

Smoking Policy

Not permitted on premises except residents that have passed a risk assessment.

Safety/Security Features

All exits and stairwells and some corridors are secured by magnetic locks. There is an emergency generator to provide electrical power in the event of a disruption. The building has smoke and heat detectors throughout. The building is fully sprinklered. The building is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. All resident spaces are equipped with “nurse call” system.

Facility-Specific Restrictions

Admitting diagnosis must include a diagnosis of dementia.

Visiting Information

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).