Nanaimo, the Island’s second largest city, has evolved into a lively urban centre with its smartly restored downtown and walkable harbour front.
Many visitors arrive in Nanaimo via its ferry terminals, floatplane services, cruise ship terminal and revitalized airport. Great hiking and cycling trails, kayaking and boating opportunities, ziplines and even a bungy jump zone are available to residents and visitors. Explore the Old City Quarter before catching a passenger ferry to Protection Island for a pint at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant. While you wait for your meal, the kids can even fish through the floor of the restaurant.
Outdoor pursuits are available wherever you’re based on the island. Milner Gardens and Woodland is one of Vancouver Island’s favorite public gardens. Scuba divers can explore artificial reefs in Nanaimo’s harbour. Meet locals and their canine companions on beachside promenades. Golfers can roam between 19 courses in the region while their non-golfing partners opt for whatever pleases them: shopping, culinary tours, birdwatching and kid-friendly outings to wildlife and barnyard petting zoos.
Reasons to live in Nanaimo:
Nanaimo is a blossoming city full of opportunity! A hub for people traveling both up and down Vancouver Island and professionals and families coming and going from work and school in the Lower Mainland, there is always easy access on and off the Island. Vancouver Island University attracts students from around the world and has contributed to a local blending of cultures, a thriving music scene and regular community events and festivals. Along with providing all the amenities of a larger city, Nanaimo also offers lots of space to roam in the woods and walk on the beach. The Nanaimo area continues to grow with families, young professionals and active retirees. Whether you’re looking for a funky modern condo or a sprawling rancher on property, Nanaimo has space for you.