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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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A Countryside Escape from City Life

September 8, 2016

By Guest Blogger Chris Istace   The hustle and bustle of daily life in the big city keeps us running at a fast pace but sometimes we dream of a time when things were a little simpler and a little slower. A place where you could stroll down to the river and go for a dip or swing by the pub to enjoy a pint in the garden after picking up suppers menu items at the farmers’ market.   That time and place exists right now. Just take a short drive south of Nanaimo to the countryside community of Cedar. […]

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What’s Up in Nanaimo: Sept 1 -7, 2016

September 1, 2016

What’s Up in Nanaimo & Region This Week September 1-7, 2016 For more local events, top ten things to do & itinerary idea visit: CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC: The GORDS, SimonHolt, Fri, Sept 2nd Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 8:30pm Tickets: -Advance $20 –Door $25The Gords are an adult-contemporary/soft rock vocal band made up of veteran sideman/session musicians. All three Gords are gifted singer-songwriters who offer a truly remarkable rich sound. Marty Steele, Sat, 6pm-8pm, FREE @ New York Style Pizza & Pasta Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, his style of […]

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Exploring Newcastle Island

August 26, 2016

Hey guys, Heather here!   Since I began working with Tourism Nanaimo at the beginning of the summer, I’ve been inspired to rediscover the Harbour City. After checking a few boxes off my list I decided I to go on a ‘re-adventure’, and do something I had not done since I was in grade 7… hike around Newcastle Island! I called my brother, my very first adventure buddy, to tell him the plan and he was eager to join me in reliving our youth. The morning was a little gloomy but we made a pact that rain or shine this […]

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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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Exploring Nanaimo Outdoors with Driven Performance Fitness

August 9, 2016

Getting Sweaty while Exploring Nanaimo Outdoors @ Driven Performance Bootcamp I am a true believer in fitness bootcamps. I love them because they are a quick, varied workout (45 min – 1 hr) and they provide fantastic all over body conditioning. No spending 2 hours in the gym just working on legs, then 2 hours the next day working on arms. I don’t have time for that! I also like how they combine resistance and cardio training, which is very effective for weight loss. My first few sets of bootcamps three years ago took me from a size 14 to […]

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Meet You Here

July 19, 2016

When you think of Nanaimo, what comes to mind? Do you think of the beautiful harbour, the abundance of nature or the quirky downtown core? What about the savoury flavours of seafood, the salty smells of the ocean, and the warmth of the setting sun as you relax on the beach?   Chances are that the things you love most about our region are the same things that attract travellers from near and far, especially those who have never had the privilege of experiencing life on the coast! There’s just something about being on the oceanic edge of our huge […]

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