Enjoy these videos, Courtesy of the City of Nanaimo and Bruce Williams at A-Channel. They feature plenty of good information and provide a visual tour of this beautiful City.
Nanaimo, known as the Harbour City, is Vancouver Island's second largest city. Originally it was the site where five separate Native villages gathered together, a place called "Snenymo" which meant 'great and mighty people'. The area was first explored by the Spanish and later by Captain George Vancouver.
RICH HISTORY IN COAL
The discovery of coal in 1851, lured miners to the area and Nanaimo was incorporated in 1874 making it the third oldest city in BC. You can relive the past in the areas museums as well as a number of pioneer buildings and sites.
NANAIMO GROWS INTO A MODERN COMMUNITY
Built literally and financially on coal, the city now supports a diversified economy, with tourism being a major contributor. The recreational opportunities in and around the city are boundless. In the city itself you can experience local history in the museums or find more about the Native peoples of the area in Georgia Park, thrill at the firing of the cannons at the Hudson's Bay Company bastion, or just wander through the preserved pioneer sites of the town. Perhaps a visit to Fisherman's Wharf for fresh seafood or a stroll through the various shops is more to your liking.
NANAIMO, AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS DREAM
For the outdoor enthusiast, the area in and around Nanaimo can offer you everything from hiking trails, a nature centre, bird sanctuary and picnic and swimming sites plus great fishing opportunities.
A spectacular sight awaits the visitor in November to April when the waters around Nanaimo are teeming with sea lions and sea birds feeding on the spawning herring.
More information on Nanaimo can be found at the Nanaimo Wikipedia page.