Nanaimo | Vancouver Island | British Columbia

Nanaimo “The Harbour City”

Nanaimo is the 2nd largest city on Vancouver Island and the 3rd oldest city in the province, and it rightly earns its title of “The Harbour City” – as the city benefits from the island-sheltered harbour found right in the heart of the city.  In fact the city streets were originally designed to “spoke” out from the harbour hub – thus ensuring that the harbour remains easy to access from all parts of the city.

Today it has grown into a city with lots to see and do; from art galleries and culture attractions, to quaint shopping boutiques and Vancouver Island’s largest shopping mall.

Nanaimo is also a very active city with much natural beauty to offer that can best be experienced by enjoying its many walking districts; such as the Waterfront, the Arts District, and the Old City Quarter.  Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, diving, biking, fishing, hiking, golfing, zip-lining are also activities available right around Nanaimo.

With this modern, well run city nestled in such a beautiful natural setting, it is no wonder why people find Nanaimo such a wonderful place to live and visit!


Nanaimo (City)

In 2011, Nanaimo (City) had a population of 83,810, representing a percentage change of 6.5% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.
Land area is 91.30 square kilometres with a population density of 918.0 persons per square kilometre.  In 2011, Nanaimo (City) had 36,204 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 8.0%

Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 14.3% 15.2% 13.5%
15 to 64 66.0% 66.2% 65.7%
65 and over 19.7% 18.5% 20.8%


Nanaimo Census Agglomeration (CA)

In 2011, the population of Nanaimo census agglomeration (CA) was 98,021, representing a percentage change of 6.1% from 2006.
In Nanaimo, the land area is 1,280.84 square kilometres with a population density of 76.5 persons per square kilometre.
In total, there were 41,902 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Nanaimo in 2011.

Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 14.4% 15.2% 13.7%
15 to 64 66.4% 66.5% 66.3%
65 and over 19.2% 18.3% 20.0%



Nanaimo is located on the south-central eastern coast of Vancouver Island, and is 110km (1hr 45min) from Victoria to the south, and 155km (1hr 30min) from Campbell River to the north.

BC Ferries Service connects Nanaimo with Vancouver from both…

Horseshoe Bay (1hr 35min)
Horseshoe Bay Ferry Schedule
Tsawwassen (2hr)
Tsawwassen Ferry Schedule

Strategic Community Plans

2008 Official Community Plan

Water Supply Strategic Plan

Nanaimo Maps

Interactive Map
Local Maps

Zoning Map

Crime Map

Parks Map

Searchable Parks Map

Cultural Map

Bike and Bus Route

Nanaimo Parking Maps

– 2 hour Zones

– Nanaimo Meter Parking

– Nanaimo Handicap Parking Zones

– Restricted 2 Hour On-Street Parking Zone Map

– Off Street Parking Map for Nanaimo

GeoBC – Topographical Maps

Nanaimo Map

A Few More Links…

Things to See

  • The Nanaimo Museum
  • 4km long Harbourside Walkway
  • The Bastion Museum
  • Vancouver Island Military Museum
  • Downtown Historic Buildings
  • Woodgrove Centre Mall
  • Cedar Farmers Market
  • Neck Point Park
  • Protection Island
  • Newcastle Island Provincial Park
  • Petroglyph Provincial Park
  • Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
  • Great Canadian Casino
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