Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast - Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 5M1, Canada

The Famous (and delicious!) Nanaimo Bar Recipe!

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The ever popular Nanaimo Bar, known internationally and a favourite dessert in many restaurants, has a notable thermal significance. During Nanaimo's heyday as an international coal provider, families of miners sent care packages which often included this sweet treat. A contest was held to find the best recipe and a Nanaimo homemaker won the honor. Joyce Hardcastle offers her recipe below.

Sample the variations of this popular Nanaimo tradition in any of our fine restaurants.

THE ORIGINAL NANAIMO BAR - graciously offered by Joyce Hardcastle


1/2 c. unsalted butter (Euro-style cultured)
1/4 c, sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg, beaten
1 3/4 c. graham wafer crumbs
1/2 c. finely chopped almonds
1 c. coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8 X 8 pan.


1/2 c. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. cream
2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 c. icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.


4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (I oz. each)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. When cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
240 Ferntree Place
Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 5M1, Canada
Call: +1 250 7585010


Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia

We are often used as a destination spot to relax and have waterfront fun. Many guests also use our Nanaimo Bed and Breakfast as a base for their day trips to various cities and activities on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo, Vancouver Island's harbour city, is a bustling active place with over 200 parks, a 5 km Harbourside Walkway, world class diving, kayaking, and bird watching with over 250 species locally. Being honest, warm and calm, we have always enjoyed meeting other people and creating new friendships. We have received awards from TripAdvisor, Booking.com and other travel institutions for successive years.