Nanaimo is located on the east coast of
south Vancouver Island. It is B.C.s sixth-largest city, it is also called the
harbor city. Right down town at the harbor, you can go biking, swimming, hiking,
boating, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving and view wildlife, birds, whales,
seals, sea lions and many other creatures.
Nanaimo has a population almost 85000 and is still growing fast. The downtown
core has been revitalized and there is a brand new museum, plus many great
shopping opportunities in brand stores and great little boutiques, the places to
eat range from awesome fast food to world class dinning.
As is quickly evident to visitors who remember the Nanaimo of old, will be quite
surprised at how cosmopolitan the city is now, the down town waterfront is so
beautiful now and the city core has been make into a wonderful place to walk
The historic downtown is now divided into three zones, The Old City Quarter with
its heritage buildings and fine dinning, the Arts District filled with artist
galleries and quaint shops and a harbor front walkway complete with public
squares, funky shops, eateries, parks and a lagoon that you can swim in.
You can hop on a passenger ferry to
Protection Island or Newcastle Island. Then there is Gabriola Island, an idyllic
artist's colony and getaway spot, you
can reach it from downtown by a car ferry.
In the Nanaimo area, there are many lakes
and rivers, trails and caves, beaches and mountains. There are many hiking and
biking trails. You can do almost anything here, even go bungee jumping.
The wildlife viewing is great at the lakes
and rivers and the bird life is incredible. You could see bears, whales, deer,
elk and so many kinds of birds.
This is a great city to visit for a few
days, come on for a visit, bring your camera.