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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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Come to Nanaimo for a Slice of Canadian Coastal History

June 27, 2017

Nanaimo may be known as ‘The Harbour City’, but it could just as easily be known as ‘The City of Firsts.’ The Vancouver Island destination is home to some remarkable historic did-you-knows, such as B.C.’s first telephone, Western North America’s first railway and the first ocean-going ship built in B.C. While exploring Nanaimo—meaning “gathering place” in Island Hul’q’umin’um’ spoken by the Snuneymuxw Nation—you’ll also discover how rich it is in First Nations history and culture. Planning to make Nanaimo part of your Canada 150 celebrations? Here are some must-do activities while you’re in the area. Bastion Image by Nancy Shields […]

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Family Fun in Nanaimo

June 18, 2017

Nanaimo is a family friendly community with over 200 + parks and trails to explore, vibrant cultural attractions to discover and many “one of a kind” activities to try! Get your PLAY on at Maffeo Sutton Park ~ wooden climbing structures, rope ladders, slides, and swings in the huge playground are separated into sections named after local Gulf Islands, including Galiano, Gabriola, and Newcastle. Children can burn energy while parents set up snacks ate nearby picnic tables. In the summer, this is a prime viewing area for free concerts in the bandshell and a host of child-friendly waterfront events like […]

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Nanaimo Adventure 360° Team

June 9, 2017

Yesterday Tourism Nanaimo officially launched the Adventure 360° Team on Facebook Live. If you haven’t yet seen the video, go check it out!   In the spirit of giving you a bit more face time with the folks behind the team, we sat down with them to talk about their creative spirits, what they love about Nanaimo, and what you can expect from them this summer.   How did MADE Creative come to be? Over the last couple of years, a group of us had been floating our own ideas about an agency. A couple of us got together, and […]

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Meet the Man Behind McLean’s Specialty Foods

May 11, 2017

  A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Eric McLean of the local cheese, meat, and gourmet foods institution that is McLean’s Specialty Foods. Between hellos and how are yous and eager requests for specific cheeses, Eric told us the store’s origin story, about the beauty of bucatini pasta—the slight give of the hollow pasta before you hit the air—and the pub visit that gave the Old City Quarter its name.   Prior to becoming the local cheese expert we know him to be, Eric worked for large food brands in both Vancouver and […]

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Nanaimo This Weekend: FestivalNanaimo Continues

March 23, 2017

Symphony SoundBites Two shows, one night, tasty treats, the world’s most popular composer, Mozart and your Vancouver Island Symphony. SoundBites Mozart Spirit is a 60 minute program offers tantalizing appetizers starting at 5:00 pm with a 5:30 pm performance or decadent desserts following the 7:15 pm showing, provided by Nanoose’s Smoke ‘N Water Restaurant. Big thank you to the sponsors of this show – The Coast Bastion Hotel and The Bald Guy Real Estate Team. Nanaimo Bar Day at Festival Nanaimo Friday, March 24th is an extra sweet day – it is time to check out the Nanaimo Bar Trail. […]

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Next Up For Festival Nanaimo 2017

March 10, 2017

Wow! Festival Nanaimo has been a blast so far. Here are some events to plan for this week! Lucky Irish Spirit St. Paddy’s Day! Friday, March 17th, we continue to celebrate all things Celtic with the Vancouver Island Symphony and the popular Celtic band, Rant Maggie Rant. Music from the seven Celtic nations as well as from Quebec and Canada’s East Coast. Wear your green and come enjoy the Ceili! P.S. Enter to win tickets to this show on our Facebook page. David Gogo’s Birthday Blues Bash Get ready for the ultimate in blues party jams! Critically acclaimed blues hero, […]

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