Nanaimo is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Known as "The Harbour City" these days, it was also called “The Hub City” in the past. This was due to its original layout design, one based on the wagon wheel with the streets radiating out from the shoreline, as well as its centralized location on the island. Nanaimo’s current name comes from the anglicisation of the name of the local indigenous people of the area -the Snuneymuxw.
Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is considered to be the central transit location for a lot of other destinations. This is due to the city being the site of the main ferry terminal. This allows Nanaimo to be the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island—Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville—and off its coast—Newcastle Island, Protection Island, Gabriola Island, as well as many other of the Gulf Islands. Nanaimo also has three separate airports.
While perhaps the city is most known for its famous bathtub races, Nanaimo is host to plenty of other events. From regular concerts held by The Nanaimo Concert Band (the oldest continuous community band in Canada!) to outdoor blues festivals that feature both local and international blues musicians, Nanaimo is a music lovers paradise. The city is also home to the largest sports club on Vancouver Island. There is a vibrant arts and theatre scene in the city as well, supported in no small part by the Nanaimo Art Gallery and The Port Theatre. Get in touch with your Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty REALTOR® and be a part of this vibrant city!