A short 95 minute cruise from Vancouver aboard BC Ferries you will find yourself docking in the oldest city in British Columbia, Nanaimo. Originally a coal mining town, many traces are still evident of the city’s past as you explore Old Town and it’s historic storefronts.
Surrounded on three sides by waterfront it’s no surprise Nanaimo enjoys one of the mildest climates in all of Canada. With a population of 83,810 as of the last census in 2011, those who call the Harbour City home take advantage of moderate temperatures.
An easy stroll on the walkway from Departure Bay, past playgrounds as you observe sea life finds you in the Old Town. Check out the marina, or stop for lunch at a restaurant or the floating pub. Feeling more adventurous, head North of Departure Bay and there a more rustic trail affords breathtaking Ocean views.
Nanaimo has something to offer for everyone from the arts , it boasts many galleries or take in a play or live entertainment in the Port Theater. Dine at one of the many fine restaurants as part of your evening out. From golf, fishing, scuba diving on a sunken Navy ship or maybe an afternoon of rock climbing on the indoor rock wall the city has much to offer.
Things to do
Summer brings the famous Bathtub Race and the imagination of participants in designing their watercraft fashioned from tubs is a site to behold. Browse a local Farmer’s market or shop (there’s 12 indoor and outdoor malls ) something to be found for everyone. If the outdoor lifestyle is what you’re looking for hiking, camping and lake or Ocean fishing is at your doorstep.
Less than two hours away to the south is British Columbia’s capital city Victoria, or a drive to the West coast of the Island camp or watch surfers at Long Beach. Mt Washington to the north offers skiing and snowboarding for the enthusiast.
Why move your family to Nanaimo
Nanaimo is an affordable place to live, something increasingly difficult to find when searching for a place to call home. Less crowded, blessed with mild temperatures this waterfront city offers a wide range of outdoor or cultural opportunities to indulge in the West coast lifestyle. Contact Sunrise Moving and Storage if you are looking for moving companies in Nanaimo BC.