The Harbour City
If you’re looking to have it all – the easy going island lifestyle with a bustling city and downtown core – Nanaimo is the place for your next home. With many district neighborhoods and areas within the Regional District of Nanaimo, you’ll find even more to your liking. The district has a total population of roughly 145,000.
The city of Nanaimo is the second largest on Vancouver Island and located on the east coast about 110km northwest of Victoria. Originally called “the Hub City” because of the street layout in the city, it’s also the gateway to many popular tourist destinations such as Tofino.
A Busy Port City
Businesses from a diverse range of industries thrive in the Nanaimo area because of the many ports that allow for ferries, barges, cruise ships and other marine traffic. Only 55km west of Vancouver, Nanaimo is most often reached by ferry from North Vancouver or Tsawwassen to Departure Bay and Duke point terminals respectively.
Making your home in Nanaimo
Living in Nanaimo means being right in the middle of everything, fantastic outdoor activities and amenities are right at your door step. If shopping and dining out are to your taste, you’ll find a diverse mix of trendy, casual and sophisticated options. Nanaimo makes a great home base for seniors summering in Canada. The weather is temperate and quite mild in the winters with wonderfully dry and warm summers.
Moving to Nanaimo?
No matter where you’re moving from, you’ll find the familiar comforts of small town living in Nanaimo, with the convenience of all the amenities found in a large metropolis. Depending on your lifestyle and desires you can choose to live in the slower paced outer areas of Nanaimo or right in the heart of the city. Learn more about the popular home buying areas in Nanaimo below.