NanaimoMap Overview Guide

NanaimoMap is a web based tool to allow you to explore the City of Nanaimo's geographic data. Panning around the map, zooming in and out, and clicking on features allows you to learn more about them. 

As you zoom in on the map, additional features may be displayed. You have the ability to control what layers you are interested in by turning them on or off in the layer list, or by changing the map theme. NanaimoMap includes search capabilities to find information by address, folio, parcel identifier, street name or park name.  

This overview guide is designed to provide an overview of some of the common tools and features available in NanaimoMap. To learn more about specific functionality based on the device you are using, click on the appropriate link below.

NanaimoMap User Guide Desktop or Tablet

NanaimoMap User Guide Mobile


Moving Around the Map

You can move around the map by holding your left mouse button down and dragging the mouse to move the map. If you are using a touch screen device simply move your finger across the screen to pan around.

Zooming In/Out

You can zoom in and out using your mouse wheel, by pinching to zoom with touch screen devices, or using the icons located in upper left corner of the map area. 

NanaimoMap Zoom

View Information About Map Features

To learn more about a feature, left click the feature with your mouse, or tap the screen on touch screen devices.  A map tip will open displaying summary information on the features selected.  If there is more than one feature, arrows will appear on the map tip, allowing you to scroll through a map tip for each feature. Click on the "View Additional Details" link to view more information about it.

NanaimoMap Feature Details

Layer Selection

The layer list is displayed by default on desktop or tablet devices when the map first loads. If closed or using a mobile device, it can be opened by selecting "Change visible map layers" under the "I Want To" menu. To maximize space on the map, the layer list can be collapsed by clicking the arrow at the top right corner of the layer list. To expand the layer list, click the arrow again. 

NanaimoMap Layer Collapse

Turning Layers On/Off

Turn a layer on or off by checking or unchecking the checkbox to the left of the layer name. Expand a folder by clicking the + icon to the left of the folder name.  You can collapse a folder by clicking the - icon. To turn on layers within a folder, the folder must be check as well. Most layers are only visible at certain zoom ranges.  If you have turned on a layer but do not see it, try zooming in.

NanaimoMap Turn On Layers

Changing Layer Themes

Layers are organized by themes.  To change which layers are displayed you can change the map theme by selecting one from the drop down list under the Layers title.

NanaimoMap Layers

View Aerial Imagery

If viewing NanaimoMap on a desktop PC or a tablet you can view historical imagery in the map.  To view aerial imagery, select it from the Basemap Picker located in the bottom left hand corner of the map window.  You have the option to choose from "Basemap", "2018 5cm" or "All Aerials". 

Basemap Picker

Selecting "All Aerials" allows you to view aerial imagery from 1996-Current using a convenient slider.

All Aerials Slider

If using a mobile device you can toggle on/off the most recent aerial imagery from the "I Want To" menu.

Map Legend

To view the map legend, click the menu icon in the top right corner of the layer list and click on "Show Legend", or the "View the Legend" button under the "I Want To" menu. This will display a legend of all the layers that are currently turned on in the layer list and visible at your current map scale. 

NanaimoMap Legend

To show the layer list again, click the menu icon and choose "Show Layer List" or select "Change visible map layers" under the "I Want To" menu.

NanaimoMap Turn Off Legend


The toolbar contains series of tools, organized into tool tabs based on the tasks they perform.  The toolbar is collapsed by default.  To expand the toolbar, click the tools icon in the top right corner of the map window.

NanaimoMap Tools

The tools that are available depend on the device being used to view NanaimoMap.  Refer to the NanaimoMap User Guide, for descriptions of all the tools available based on the device being used. 


There are two options to search for features on the map.  The global search bar located at the top right of the map returns a list of features with attributes that match the search text.

NanaimoMap Global Search

For better search results use the dedicated search tools located on the 'Find Data' toolbar tab for desktop and tablet devices, or located under the 'I Want To' button on mobile devices.

NanaimoMap Find Data Tab-Search

Please note: For Address, Street or Park search you can enter a partial word, or the entire word, but you may not use abbreviated words. After entering a few letters, the search tool will provide a list of matched values to choose from.  Please select the value from the drop down list for the best results.  The searches are not case sensitive. For Address search a street name value is required, house number and unit are optional. 

NanaimoMap Address Search

Folio search does not accept partial values to match, and requires the decimal to be entered.
PID search does not accept partial values to match.


To use one of the configured print templates to print a map, select "Print" from the Home tab or if using mobile, the "I Want To" menu. The Print Map panel will open, with choices for layout, resolution, map scale, map title and notes.  A print preview will be displayed in the map window to show the area that will be printed for your selected scale and page size.  When you are happy with your selections, click "Print".  After a few moments a link will appear that opens up the pdf file.


The export tool allows you to save the current map image on your screen as an image file. To export a map image, select "Export" from the Home tab or if using mobile, the "I Want To" menu.  Select the appropriate image format.  Click "View Image" to open the image in another tab in your browser.  You can then right click on the image and choose Save picture as... to save the file to your computer or save it to your mobile device. 


Measuring tools are located in the toolbar, allowing you to measure area or distance in the desired units you choose.  Use the "Clear" button to remove all markups, or the "Erase" button to choose which markup to remove. 


Drawing markup tools are located in the desktop "Draw" toolbar, allowing you to create markups on the map. Once you select the drawing tool, the Styles and Snapping tools will become active.  You can customize the colour and size of a markup by selecting the Styles tool. You can select which features to snap to by using the the Snapping tools.  The "Edit Drawings" group contains tools to edit, erase or clear existing drawings.  You can also export drawings to download as a shapefile.

Last updated: October 19, 2022

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