As BC’s third oldest city, Nanaimo has a vibrant and fascinating history: ancient first nations, explorers, coal miners, loggers, fishermen, immigrants, and countless artists made homes here. Today, entrepreneurs, academics, skilled tradespeople, professionals and all kinds families also make their homes here. The common thread among us is a spirit of innovation, exploration and a reverence for the astounding natural beauty that surrounds us. Nanaimo offers what no other BC location can: an affordable, west coast waterfront location, urban culture and energy, limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, exceptional quality of life and a convenient central location on Vancouver Island with easy commutes to Vancouver, Victoria & Tofino. The historical, revitalized downtown boasts a large theatre, museum, art gallery & library, a modern conference centre, world-class dining and shopping. The picturesque, sheltered harbour is edged by an expansive seawall, and brought to life by a large marina welcoming boats of all kinds, small passenger ferries to nearby islands and the buzz of seaplanes.
Each of Nanaimo’s nearly 90,000 residents has found a place among the eclectic mix of neighbourhoods including heritage streets with beautiful character homes, ocean view executive homes, pastoral rural properties, urban condos, convenient family homes, and spectacular waterfront estates. With more than 200 parks, spectacular beaches, excellent schools and modern infrastructure, Nanaimo is ready to welcome your family, your business, and your desire to live the kind of lifestyle you didn’t think possible in southwestern BC.