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Nanaimo Festivals & Events 2019

July 18, 2018

We are more than just a place to live, but a place to have fun. Find out how Nanaimoites make a good time, and walk alongside the locals as they put together an array of unique and authentic experiences to celebrate what makes this corner of the world awesome!   The Story It all started in 1967 when former mayor of Nanaimo, Frank Ney, famously donned a pirate costume, raised his sword, and launched Nanaimo’s first annual Bathtub Race. “Tubbers” and visitors from around the world have been coming to Nanaimo for more than 40 years to take part in […]

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Nanaimo harbour fireworks

Bathtub Weekend 2018

July 16, 2018

July 20th-22nd It all started in 1967 when former mayor of Nanaimo, Frank Ney, famously donned a pirate costume, raised his sword, and launched Nanaimo’s first annual Bathtub Race. “Tubbers” and visitors from around the world have been coming to Nanaimo for more than 40 years to take part in this now world famous festival and race. This year’s Bathtub Festival — a part of the larger, month-long Marine Festival — takes place at Maffeo Sutton Park & Sway-a-Lana Lagoon on the weekend of July 20th to 22nd. The Scoop, Or “Bail Bucket” if You Prefer With a mix of […]

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Commercial Street Summer Night Markets 2019

July 12, 2018

June 20 – August 29   Taking place over eleven consecutive weeks, from June 21st to August 30th, The Commercial Street Night Market makes for an amazing downtown Nanaimo experience. Between 5pm and 9pm on Thursday evenings, Commercial Street, the city’s ‘main street’, will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow pedestrians to enjoy 100+ vendors, local merchants, booths, exhibits, and tents. Food trucks will be parked along the street for a tasty and convenient bite. Many permanent downtown businesses, sidewalk cafes, art stores, and clothing shops, etc., will be joining in on the fun by extending their hours until […]

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Art 360°: Nicholas May’s Top Spots in Nanaimo

October 13, 2017

We’ve been thrilled with just how many folks have been sharing their #Nanaimo360 with us, whether it’s through photography or stories. And we wanted to know what would happen if we asked an artist to share their Nanaimo 360 through their medium. Nicholas May, an extremely talented local artist, stepped up to the plate with his stunningly detailed pen and ink illustration. Below you’ll also find the inspiration behind Nick’s work. Enjoy! Ammonite Falls I moved away from Nanaimo at the start of high school. After high school, I went through what I refer to as my most formative years. […]

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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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Catching a Wave with Captain Hans

August 26, 2016

Hi guys – it’s Morgane again! I wanted to blog about my most recent FAM tour, aboard the Shadowfax. What an amazing time I had with Captain Hans on the open sea! Vancouver Island Catamaran Sailing is owned and operated by Hans Bongarts who has been sailing for 37 years and loves to take his guests on adventures. The Shadowfax is the vessel that Hans uses and it is a real beauty. She was made for gently sailing along the Pacific coast and is she also eco-friendly. This catamaran can hold up to 12 people comfortably as there is ample […]

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A Nanaimo Adventure: Sunrise to Sunset

July 15, 2016

Guest Blogger: Chris Istace When one thinks of Nanaimo, what often comes to mind is that big city that you drive by to get to Tofino or that place you go to catch the ferry if you want to visit Vancouver. If this is what you think of then you are really missing out on a city that boasts a diversity of things to see and do that rivals any other location in Canada.   I had the pleasure recently of participating in a one-day itinerary that I invited some friends along to join in on. We were satisfied in […]

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Five Fall Walks in Nanaimo & Region

October 23, 2015

We’ve seen a flurry of stunning fall pictures shared on Instagram. Thank you to everyone using the #ExploreNanaimo hashtag so we can share! We thought we would add just a few autumn walks to your list to see in the Nanaimo & Region. Here are a handful of our fall favourites! Jack Point & Biggs Park Address: 501 Duke Point Highway, Nanaimo What you Might See or Experience: Sea Lions off the point or if you are really lucky harbour porpoises Eagles & herons Unique sandstone formations Boardwalks & stairs Helpful Tips: It’s a 2.5 km loop but quite a […]

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Nanaimo to Campbell River: Visiting Elk Falls

September 18, 2015

Hey everyone! This summer has had me working a lot, but I have found many ways to still make it enjoyable with multiple day trips. Almost every week I try and do a different day trip so explore more of this amazing Island that we live on. One of my day trips being one that I did a few weeks ago to Elk Falls Provincial Park, just 2 kms from downtown Campbell River.   This place was absolutely amazing. I have never seen a waterfall like this one. The park itself is also awesome. You can easily spend 15 minutes to […]

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