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Symphony By The Sea: Tune in to Nanaimo’s arts, culture and nature scene this summer

July 25, 2017

Summer is never quite complete without the pleasure of listening to live music in a park, sitting in a lawn chair, the trees rustling in the breeze while you relax and soak up the sounds. In pretty Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo, chances are you’ll hear an old favourite at Symphony By The Sea, one of Nanaimo’s premier festivals happening on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The more than 5,000 people who’ve been attending this free, three-hour outdoor concert each year know all the tricks for getting the most out of it. They bring a comfy […]

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Golden summer days at Nanaimo’s Summertime Blues Festival and beyond

July 25, 2017

Grooving to the big, soulful sounds of the Kirby Sewell Band and the jubilant gospel tunes of Ruthie Foster during Nanaimo’s Summertime Blues Festival will certainly put you in the mood to explore more of Nanaimo, its neighbourhoods and backyard. There’s a reason people from all over the Pacific Northwest and even as far as New Mexico come for the four-day festival held in Maffeo Sutton Park – this year from Aug. 24 to 27. The golden days of late summer are ripe for exploring the bounty of farmer’s markets or honey farms, and enjoying down time on a patio at […]

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5 Things To Do While You’re Enjoying Longwoodstock

July 25, 2017

Craft beer. Music. Food. This trifecta of a perfect summer day sums up what you’ll find at Nanaimo’s Longwoodstock Festival. Longwoodstock, Aug. 11-12, is hosted by the Longwood Brewery, and features a danceable lineup of Canadian and international music acts. In its third year, it’s hooking in more people every year because of its cool location – inside the brewery and outside, in its backyard. During the festival, you’ll be kicking up your flip flops to the chill sounds of the Booms Booms and other acts, including the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Boomshack, who put the “fun” in funk. While […]

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Sip & Savour Nanaimo’s Farmers’ Markets

July 25, 2017

Nanaimo is a community rich in the homegrown: from handmade beverages (we are home to four craft breweries and 2 wineries) to free-range buffalo raised on the land, farm-fresh produce and of course fish straight from our cold waters. We also have a vibrant artistic community, blending everything from tinctures to teas, and crafting traditional First Nations art, as well as glass work and wood sculpture. All of these delights, for each one of your senses, can be found at one of our three outdoor Farmer’s Markets, which typify our homemade handmade lifestyle and the local colour that makes Nanaimo […]

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Original Nanaimo Bar Recipe

July 18, 2017

Bake our legendary Nanaimo Bars in the comfort of your own kitchen! In 1985, Nanaimo Mayor Graeme Roberts held a contest to find the definitive Nanaimo Bar recipe. Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe took top spot and is now Nanaimo’s “Official” Nanaimo Bar Recipe! Nanaimo Bar image by Sean Fenzl The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe by Joyce Hardcastle Bottom layer ½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured) ¼ cup sugar 5 tbsp. cocoa 1 egg beaten 1 ¾ cups graham wafer crumbs ½ cup finely chopped almonds 1 cup coconut Melt first three ingredients in top of a double boiler. Add egg […]

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@NoChanceNanc’s Nanaimo 360°

July 13, 2017

We asked a few of Nanaimo’s photographers to share their favourite places with us through an Instagram takeover, one of whom is Nancy Shields. She’s the force behind @NoChanceNanc on Instagram, and we’re thrilled to have her highlight five of her top places around town. Here’s what she included, if you’d like to see… Beach Estates Park Beach Estates Park is one of Nanaimo’s best kept secrets. Grab yourself a treat from the Tim Hortons across the street at Brooks Landing and enjoy this little gem. The park offers a lush forested area, including an incredible waterfall. If you walk […]

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Beach Estates Park, Nanaimo BC

Splash out with more seaworthy adventures during Nanaimo Bathtub Races festival

July 12, 2017

Nanaimo is a city that loves and thrives off water adventures of all kinds. And since you’re here to celebrate the wet and wild Bathtub Races in July, stay around for some flotational fun of your own. In between your ocean adventures, the city has a month’s worth of land-loving events dedicated to the races, now in its 51st year. Take in concerts at Maffeo Sutton Park, a street fair, beer gardens, food festival, fireworks and a parade. Here are more than a few ways to splash out while you’re in what is also known as Vancouver Island’s Harbour City. […]

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Andrew’s Nanaimo 360°

July 6, 2017

Our local residents are well versed in the best things to do in Nanaimo. They know the secrets, what makes Nanaimo a great place to live. We’ve asked Andrew Nixon from the Nanaimo Adventure 360 team to share his ideal 48 hours in the Harbour City—his Nanaimo 360. Here’s a look at where he grabs a bite, where he likes to catch a view of the harbour, and more: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been curious about the world and the blend of cultures within it. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a town that […]

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Legendary fun in Nanaimo: First the Dragon Boat races, then some otherworldly adventures

July 5, 2017

The Dragon Boat Festival in Nanaimo doesn’t have a lot to do with the mythical, fire-spewing creatures they’re named after. It has everything to do, however, with fierce fun, teamwork and enjoying a slew of events over three days. Dragonboat image by Nancy Shields The main event goes July 7-9 at the harbour near Maffeo Sutton Park. You can cheer on the 70 teams of 20 paddlers as they churn up the waters in a battle to cross the finish line first. Before- and after-race fun includes land-based events like the Shriner’s pancake breakfast, Longwood Brewery beer gardens and sampling […]

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Sarah Etoile Shares Saysutshun – 7 Images of Newcastle Island

June 28, 2017

All words and images by Sarah Etoile. ʔukᵂaqiłs Sarah. Diitiidʔaaʔaqsp. I’m a First Nations photographer, steward and storyteller based on Vancouver Island. This week as @tourismnanaimo’s #guestagrammer I will be sharing Saysutshun, otherwise known as Newcastle Island, which is unceded Snuneymuxw Territory. My classmates and I paddled from the harbour to Saysutshun, and were graciously welcomed by Snuneymuxw First Nation by this totem pole. Our host, who also provides guided tours of Saysutshun, shared the history and connections with this island. After our welcome and guided tour with Snuneymuxw First Nation, we were allowed to wander around before lunch. Most […]

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