Category: Locals Know

The many colours of Nanaimo, through the lens of Jonah Ferguson

September 26, 2017

Hey travellers, @jonahswferguson here and I will be taking over the Tourism Nanaimo page for the next few days! I grew up in Nanaimo and chose to pursue photography as a way of sharing the beauty I was constantly coming across on my hikes around Nanaimo and Vancouver Island. This particular shot was captured as I was on my way out of town one morning, and caught this view out of the corner of my eye. Many of you will probably recognize this tree, and I have always thought it would make a great photo, but it wasn’t until this […]

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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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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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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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Get to Know the Tourism Staff: Natasha

August 24, 2016

As we continue in our weekly series of getting to know the Tourism Nanaimo staff, we now get to meet the lovely Natasha. Have a look at what she likes and loves about Nanaimo: In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret? If I told you Nanaimo’s best kept secret, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore 😉 I used to think that Ammonite Falls was one of Nanaimo’s best kept secrets, but now it is on our Nanaimo and Region Map so I don’t think it’s much of a secret anymore. Now I would maybe say the Nanaimo River, which […]

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Get to Know the Tourism Staff: Meshal

August 12, 2016

As we continue in our weekly series of getting to know the Tourism Nanaimo staff, we meet Meshal. Coming to us as a volunteer, you can typically find him at events and stationed in the Bastion. Here’s what he had to say about himself:   In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret? In my opinion, Nanaimo is full of secret places; however, Westwood Lake is the best secret. Westwood Lake is a very unique and special lake. The first time I heard about it, I thought it was just a lake where people could go to practice water […]

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Get to know the Tourism Staff: Heather

August 5, 2016

Heather is a recent graduate for Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. Heather was born and raised in Nanaimo and considers herself a true Nanaimoite through and through! We asked Heather some questions about her home town and here are her answers:   Q1: In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret? This is a tough one! I think Nanaimo is its own best kept secret with numerous hidden natural wonders and a cool urban city centre. It definitely is a destination that has something for every type of traveler. Locals and visitors can do almost anything […]

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Get to Know the Tourism Staff: Evangeline

July 29, 2016

Let the fun continue! Today on the #ExploreNanaimo BLOG, we meet Evangeline. You’ll find Evangeline working hard in the Bastion or up at Northfield, or possibly even manning one of our booths at a local event. Stop her and say hi next time you see her!   In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret? I believe Nanaimo’s best kept secrets are part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge & the Abyss. They are well known to some and unknown to others. When the bridges are built to connect the trail it’s sure to be […]

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Get to Know the Tourism Staff: Morgane

July 22, 2016

Hello again readers! We are continuing our theme of getting to know the tourism staff on our Saturday posts, and are thrilled to introduce you to Morgane. She is one of our friendly and talented Visitor Information Counsellors, and is an asset to our team. Have a read and get to know her yourself… In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret? Most people who visit Nanaimo have heard about Mount Benson but they have not heard about Benson Creek Falls Regional Park, or Ammonite Falls which is one of the three significant waterfalls in Benson Creek. This regional […]

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#ExploreNanaimo: Flying High Above the Seals & Snake Island

July 19, 2016

Written by Tourism Nanaimo Staff Blogger: Evangeline I just recently had the opportunity to see Nanaimo & Region from above and it is truly breathtaking. If you haven’t taken a scenic flight over Nanaimo or you are heading to the region, you should definitely add this to your must-do list! It’s full of many amazing views! My flightseeing experience started with a friendly greeting the moment I walked into the Sunshine Coast Air office. Wendy, our agent, was super welcoming and introduced us to our pilot, Josh. Josh guided us all into the plane, gave us some options for the […]

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