Nanaimo is located on the east side of Vancouver Island, along the Strait of Georgia. Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s second-largest city and its location and travel connections make it a good starting point for exploring Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
The climate in this area is one of the mildest and sunniest on the coast. The scenery is typical for this part of Vancouver Island: temperate coastal rainforests, sparkling ocean, majestic mountain ranges and those views.
Nanaimo early history involving Europeans in the area was a trading post built in the early 1800s. In 1849 the Snuneymuxw chief of one of the tribes that were resident in the area informed the Hudson’s Bay Company of the presence of coal. 1853 saw the completion of the company built fort known as the Nanaimo Bastion. With the incorporation of Nanaimo in 1874, Nanaimo became the third oldest city in British Columbia.
Nanaimo has evolved into a great place to live and visit, offering a clean, accessible waterfront, cultural festivals in the summer, a university, lots of out door activities, and all of the services one would want.
Because of its central location, Nanaimo is well connected. BC Ferries runs large ferries from Nanaimo to Vancouver every couple of hours and seaplanes are constantly coming and going from the downtown waterfront on their way between downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. Nanaimo also has an airport just a few minutes south of town.
By virtue of its connections and proximity to Vancouver, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the island – Tofino, Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Chemainus, … Off the Vancouver Island coast you will find: Newcastle Island, Protection Island, Gabriola Island, Valdes Island, and many other of the Gulf Islands.
Whether you are a visitor, or a baby boomer looking for a place to retire to, the City of Nanaimo has all the services you could ask for and more. Whether it is the big box stores in the North, all the shopping malls or the intimate boutiques and cafes downtown, Nanaimo has you covered.
Many visitors will find the lively waterfront harbour is a central focal point for any visit to the downtown core. The freighters, fishing boats, tugboats and barges, sail boats and float planes all coming and going in the waterfront harbour are also part of Nanaimo commercial base.
Nanaimo offers the perfect mix for work and play. With its pristine beauty, the incredible array of adventures and activities available, the city is the ideal destination for business or pleasure.