City of Nanaimo Blog
Hosting Rogers Hometown Hockey in Nanaimo inspired an outdoor ice rink, zip line, fireworks, Snuneymuxw salmon feast, cheer competition and much, much more. Over 12,000 people came down to Maffeo Sutton Park to celebrate in the Hometown Hockey activities on February 24 and 25 in Nanaimo and many more attended the activities the week leading up. We rolled out the Harbour City welcome with Paint the Town Red, Jersey Day and many events for the fans, cast and crew to enjoy. Some of the highlights from the week go beyond the participation in activities. Because of the many donations for riding the zip line, Loaves and Fishes are able to distribute over $17,000 worth of food from the $4,210 donated over the February 18 and 19 weekend. Kidsport received $4,250 in donations over the February 26 and 26 weekend to go towards their sports for kids programs. Way to go Nanaimo!
We wanted to share some great moments we witnessed as part of the celebrations:
- Watching 4400+ happy skaters on the outdoor ice rink
- Hearing the excited squeals of over 2,000 people zipping across Swy-a-lana Lagoon
- The energy of 600 children from 15 schools at John Barsby Community Schol cheering with keynote speaker, Canadian Paralympic Gold Medalist Michelle Stillwell
- Transporting host Tara Slone to Newcastle Island in a war canoe for a Snuneymuwx traditional welcome feast
- The wonderful welcome and educational experience at Vancouver Island University Gathering Place
- Cheering with the full house at the Nanaimo Clippers game where Circus show performer Paz wowed the crowd juggling flaming hockey sticks
- Smiling to the perfect timing of the fireworks as they ended the live broadcast and wrapping up a wonderful weekend in Nanaimo
Thank you to the many community sponsors who contributed to the various City of Nanaimo led activities, thank you to the fans who came out to join in the fun and thank you to Rogers Hometown Hockey for choosing Nanaimo this year on your cross Canada tour.
Photography by Mike Thompson
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