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Nanaimo Events This September

September 7, 2017

There’s plenty happening around town this month! It’s a month of live music and theatre, shopping and gaming. Here’s the list of Nanaimo events for the month of September: September 11: Nanaimo Bar Trail Run. This event starts at the Diana Krall Plaza at 9:30am. Cost is $15 September 15-16: Shakespeare By The Sea. Head down to the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza to see Hamlet in just 42 seconds! Tickets are $29 and be purchased through the Port Theatre. September 15-17: Nanaimo International Jazz Festival. Hailing from New Orleans, impressive jazz musicians will take the stage in Nanaimo! There are both […]

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A Primer On Nanaimo Bird Watching

September 6, 2017

Nanaimo is known for its natural beauty: the trails, waterfalls, and parks that are home to feathery friends of flight that watch from their perch. Local birder Spenser Smith shares his passion for birdwatching in Nanaimo, and highlights some great spots for you to check out. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and your passion for birdwatching? I am a writer, editor and photographer in the fourth year of my creative writing and journalism BA at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Social media analytics excite me, and I sometimes spend hours reading restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor for entertainment. I […]

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6 #ExploreNanaimo Stops on Tiffany’s Nanaimo 360°

August 29, 2017

As part of our guestagrammer series, Instagram photographer Tiffany Szigety shared a few of her favourite spots in Nanaimo. Maffeo Sutton Park 5 years ago we first visited Nanaimo. We stayed downtown for a few days to explore the city. I have such distinct memories of walking through Maffeo Sutton Park and along the waterfront with my husband and pregnant with our first child. Little did I know then that we would move here 2 years later. This park holds such a special place in my heart. We walked the waterfront admiring all the boat and seaplane activity. The crabbers […]

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The play’s the thing – Shakespeare by the Sea and more in Nanaimo

August 17, 2017

More than 400 years after William Shakespeare penned a play, we still can’t get enough of the loveable Bard. It’s no wonder Will’s timeless wit, wisdom, tragedies and comedies keep people coming back every year for Nanaimo’s immensely popular festival, Shakespeare by the Sea. This year it will be held Sept. 15 -17. The seaside location at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza puts a Nanaimo spin on Shakespeare’s works, as does the Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts Society (VISAS) interpretation on his plays. This year, VISAS will perform the tragedy, King Lear, along with an abridged version of The Complete Works of William […]

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The Authentic Nanaimo 360 Experience

August 15, 2017

When I’m travelling I want to experience everything the location has to offer by fully immersing myself in the history, culture, and day-to-day life of the locals. Just like anyone else, sometimes I forget to get in touch with the place I call home. But lucky for me, that place is Nanaimo. This city has everything anyone could wish for: lively marine ecosystem, diverse indigenous wildlife, and a trendy downtown urban sanctuary. When I feel like I’m losing touch with my hometown, I take advantage of the first opportunity I can to experience Nanaimo all over again. Day 1 Breakfast: […]

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Get your Fringe Festival on and explore the outer reaches of Nanaimo, too

August 9, 2017

Fringe Festivals happen all summer around the world – from the world’s largest event in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the delightfully unique one right here in Nanaimo. What is a fringe festival you may ask? It’s a kind of free-wheeling show brought to you by theatre troupes from around the world. They each bring their own combo of stage talents – actors, musicians, comedians and storytellers – to the masses in hilarious, and at times, absurd ways. There’s also plenty of opportunity for audience participation in the shows. Nanaimo’s 10-day festival happens Aug. 10-19, at three locations: Port Theatre, Vancouver Island […]

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A Free Spirit’s Guide to Nanaimo

August 8, 2017

Nanaimo’s locals are eager to take the plunge when it comes to new adventures, and we knew Heather from the Adventure 360 team would be interested in sharing what a free spirited two days in Nanaimo would look like. We asked her to share her ideal 48 hours in the Harbour City—her Nanaimo 360. Check out what Heather gets up to… I don’t know about you but when I travel I want it to be an adventure. I want to experience the best of wherever it is I’m visiting has to offer, from the region’s best cuisine to the best […]

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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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