NANAIMO our Vibrant Harbour City
NANAIMO’S BEST - pristine, vibrant, yet relaxed - offering amazing value!
Welcome ....... NANAIMO’S BEST............Vancouver Island wins "Best Island" award
Vancouver Island has been named "Best Island" in North America" by the readers of Conde VAST Traveler magazine for the second consecutive year. The award, in which designated Vancouver Island as one of the premiere holiday travel destinations in the world, was formally presented in a star-studded ceremony held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
….ULTIMATE WEST COAST LIVING
Nanaimo is officially known as Harbour City for good reason. It is a classic West Coast community offering natural beauty and imagery. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, with a picturesque mountain backdrop. It is centrally stretched along the lovely sheltered harbour of the east coast of Vancouver Island, 111 km north of Victoria, and only 35 kilometers from the lower mainland. Nanaimo is the regional service centre for mid and north Vancouver Island, accessible by two large passenger/vehicle ferry terminals, and our municipal airport with West Jet flying direct to Alberta, and of course our favorite tropical destinations. Activities abound at the bustling waterfront, as seaplanes take flight from the sparkling blue waters.
Nanaimo is among British Columbia's most liveable cities, having a favorable balance of lifestyle, employment and investment opportunities.
Surrounded by natural beauty, Nanaimo is an excellent place to live, work and do business. All this in the friendliest climate in Canada, surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world. Offering the conveniences of a larger urban centre, its pace is relaxed.
Not only is the climate friendly, so are the people. Nanaimo is a strong community city, with much unity. The people love to enjoy our island…with cycling, walking the trails, strolls along our vibrant waterfront, avid golfing (year round) and the artisan shopping and dining in the character of the old city. Enjoy Nanaimo’s own “malecon” Alive and vibrant with life!!
Some of Nanaimo’s greatest assets are its public outdoor spaces. With over 588 hectares of City parks, over 100 kilometers of trails, 65 playgrounds, and 22 sports fields, there is something for everyone to enjoy and discover. Mount Washington is a popular winter destinations for the snowboards, skiers, and those liking snowshoeing. Nanaimo, the gateway to Vancouver Island, is surrounded by natural beauty; mountains, parks, and ocean shorelines abound. It is truly a wonderful place to live.
A SHOPPER'S PARADISE ………Old City Quarter
“CHOOSE THE MEWS” on Wesley Street when visiting Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. The Heritage Mews is a modern red-brick plaza offering a unique array of quaint and funky cafes, shops, and services enticing all your senses. Be sure to take in this pleasant outdoor arcade while walking through Nanaimo’s historic downtown. It is frequently visited by our cruise ship tourists, and our Nanaimoities alike.
CENTRE OF FINE ARTS........... Port Theatre and Marina
NANAIMO is also centre of fine arts, with a LIVELY theatre community. Our theatre is a 800 seat performing arts theatre, hosting musicians as Diana Krall. The beauty and tranquility of this region has long been a draw for local artists and artisans, much of which are sculpting and paintings of the First Nations, attracting international art collectors. Much of the Gulf Island are populated with very gifted artists, with their creations recognized around the world. A good part of the island is protected by parkland, with lovely pockets of Gerry Oak trees.
CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
With the arrival of each cruise ship, downtown Nanaimo comes even more alive! This new $24 million cruise ship terminal facility, with a welcome area and visitor centre, has given the local tourism industry a boost. It is expected to have a positive, lasting impact on the local economy.
NANAIMO, the Harbour City, offers a coastline rich with sea life, including the Orca and the Grey Whale. The area is also recognized by the international diving community for its artificial reefs. The natural harbour is a sailor's and a boater's delight. luxury hotels, so the area can be enjoyed by everyone…
CENTRE FOR BUSINESS - VANCOUVER ISLAND CONFERENCE CENTRE
As a centre for business, NANAIMO is booming. Tourism, technology, marine research, business and government services are just some of the thriving industries in this community. This growing community enjoys a skilled and educated labour force, an impressive infrastructure network and many nearby recreational and cultural amenities.
Vancouver University, (VIU) , headquartered in Nanaimo, features four-year university programs, as well as a number of vocational programs. Nanaimo’s status as a university city, attracts people from all over the world, in turn, enhancing its cultural profile. VIU hosts and serves approximately 20,000 students. Treat your taste buds to some fine cuisine, prepared by the culinary students.
Nanaimo Founded as Colvilletown around the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, it developed after 1849 when coalfields were discovered nearby the first nations settlement was renamed Sney-ny-mous – (whence Nananimo) from an Salish Indian word meaning “great and mighty” which was applied to a tribal confederation. Nanaimo derived from this to ”the meeting place” Native village sites still remain in the Nanaimo area to this day.
Nanaimo truly is the "California of Canada" West Coasters love Nanaimo for mild temperatures, pristine beauty and the diverse culture and feel.
Vancouver Island......love this West Coast lifestyle experience, that really has been tried and true!