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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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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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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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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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