The Nanaimo Skyline
Seen as the Harbour City, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is surrounded by exquisite natural beauty and water. The city provides a careful balance between business and pleasure with a cornucopia of land or sea activities. Located just over 100 kilometres north of Victoria, the City of Nanaimo is home to 82,900 residents and contains approximately 35,000 homes. The wider Nanaimo regional district is the second largest district on Vancouver Island, with almost 146,000 residents. Environment Canada reports the average winter temperature ranges from 6 to 2 degrees Celsius, while summertime brings highs of mid 20 and low 10 degrees Celsius, giving Nanaimo the mildest climate region in Canada.
The famous Nanaimo waterfront provides a haven to those interested in fishing, wildlife cruises, kayaking and water sports. Hundreds of visitors pass through its harbour, which services tugboats, sail boats, float planes and freighters. Formerly a coal-mining town and third oldest city in British Colombia, this Harbour City radiates history and culture. Downtown Nanaimo also features the heritage walking tour, which transports visitors back in time to the early 1900s.
Educational institutions in Nanaimo don't fall short: the world-renowned University of Victoria is a mere two hours away. Private educational facilities are also available, including the Nanaimo Christian School, Aspengrove School, and Nanaimo Montessori School. There are over 30 elementary schools and seven secondary schools located in the Harbour City.
Housing selections in Nanaimo range from waterfront estates to condominiums. Many residents enjoy breathtaking views right out their windows as a result of a landscape where mountains meet water. Despite the major attractions and high standard of living, housing costs remain low for Nanaimo citizens.
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