• My Nanaimo This Week - October 15 - 20

    by Derek Johnstone | Oct 15, 2019
    My Nanaimo October 15 - 20 2019

    * Staff from the CityProjects team present their recently won trophy to Council on October 7, 2019.

    This week, learn about blowouts, prepare an emergency kit and dive into some Halloween fun! 

    Read on to see what's happening for the week ahead.

    Sprinklers around Nanaimo

    What's a Blowout? 

    A blowout can have many meanings. It could be a clearance sale at your favourite clothing shop, a temper tantrum by your lovable 3-year-old, or a sudden flat tire on a roadtrip. In this case though, we’re blowing out the sprinkler lines for winter. It may look like we’re watering our fields and gardens, but at this time of year, Mother Nature does that for us. We’re just winterizing and protecting our sprinkler systems in preparation for some freezing temperatures ahead.

    More on Winter Storms!

    Last week we talked about cleaning fallen leaves and debris out of eavestroughs, drains and storm catch basins in front of your home. Interested in learning how to keep a storm drain clear? Watch our Cleaning Catch Basins video for a quick tutorial.

    If you see a blocked culvert in a ditch, please report it to Public Works at 250-758-5222. City staff are trained to recognize and handle potential dangers, so please DO NOT try and unblock it yourself during a storm, heavy rain or snowfall.

    What's Shaking?

    The threat of a big earthquake looms! The Great British Columbia Shakeout takes place October 17 at 10:17am (www.shakeoutbc.ca). Of course, a real earthquake would never be so predictable, so this is a good reminder to be prepared! Visit our website for more information on Earthquake Preparedness and watch our How to Prepare an Emergency Kit video.

      Events this week

    Upcoming Community Events

    • Thursday, October 17: Musical Entertainment in Bowen Park, 1:30 to 3 pm in the Bowen Park Auditorium. This week featuring Blossom Tree!
    • Friday, October 18: Halloween Dive-In Movie (Coco), 7 pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
    • Friday, October 18: Free Swim (Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings), 7 – 9 pm at Beban Pool 
        • Note: Although the time is the same, this is a different event than the Halloween Dive-In Movie at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
    • Sunday, October 20: Lions FREE Skate, 12 pm to 1:30 pm in Frank Crane Arena

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Construction

    Construction Updates

    You can follow project progress and learn about detours that may affect your commute by going to our City construction projects on our website at nanaimo.ca/construction. Here is an overview of our current construction zones:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades. 
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed for one more week between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work.
    • The majority of Seventh Street was paved this last week and Seventh Street is now open. However, construction on the pump station and forcemain project continues and is expected to be complete in November.
    • Work on Haliburton Street will continue until spring 2020. The work requiring the southbound detour is now complete. Single lane alternating traffic during working hours will be in affect while work is ongoing. Some delays on Haliburton Street can be expected.
    Council and Committees 

    What's New 

    This week, the Finance and Audit Committee will see presentations on the Loudon Park Boathouse Project, updates on priority projects downtown, a recommendation for a Heritage Façade Grant at the Queen’s Hotel, and will decide on an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for the Community Resiliency Investment Program.

    The Health and Housing Task Force originally scheduled for October 16 at 3 pm in the Service and Resource Centre has been cancelled.

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

    In the News October 15 2019

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 7 - 14

    by Tracy Loewen | Oct 07, 2019

    My Nanaimo This Week for October 7-14 header image of fall foliage

    This week, we have good news for Harewood commuters, it's time to start preparing for winter storm season and find out how you can keep yourself and those around you safe during Fire Prevention Week.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

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    Have you noticed? 

    The leaves on trees around town are changing to golden and red hues and are starting to fall. When raking up leaves in your yard, rather than bagging them up, place them in your green bin and we will collect them for you on your scheduled pick up day!

    Winter (storm season) is coming!

    The leaves changing colour also reminds us to start prepping for winter storm season! To help prevent flooding, make sure to clear leaves and debris from eavestroughs, drains, any storm catch basins in front of your home and, if you have a ditch, please watch for blocked culverts. If flooding does happen, the Public Works yard at 2020 Labieux Road will have sand and sandbags available for filling - make sure to bring your own shovel.

    In the event of a power outage, make sure you have a plan and enough supplies to sustain you for a few days. Check out this handy checklist (pdf) from BC Hydro to get yourself prepared.  

    Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practise Your Escape!™

    October 6 to 12 marks Fire Prevention Week. Did you know? In a house fire, you have two minutes or less to escape safely. An escape plan is an excellent way to ensure you and your family know what to do and are prepare to escape quickly and safely. Make your plan today.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    From all of us at the City of Nanaimo, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Monday (October 14), work off that turkey dinner by heading to the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre for an Everyone Welcome swim from 12-4 pm or strap on your skates over in Frank Crane Arena for an Everyone Welcome skate from 1-3 pm. City offices and other recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, October 14. 

    With the upcoming holiday, please make sure to add-a-day on your curbside collection schedule. Download the Nanaimo Recycles app for free from the App Store or Google Play to get alerts for your next garbage/recycle pick ups, use the waste sorting wizard to find out what goes where and report a public works or park-related problem all on your smartphone! Don't have a smartphone? No problem! You can use all the features of the Nanaimo Recycles app on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website!

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    Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Good news for Harewood commuters!

    We know Harewood has been the focus for construction this year and we would like to thank commuters for your ongoing patience while these important infrastructure updates are completed. The good news is that work is nearing completion and traffic will be back to normal soon! Here's an update:

    • Bruce Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets should be open by the end of the month.

    • Bruce Avenue near Fifth is expected to be open in approximately two weeks.

    • One-day closures of Sixth and Fifth Streets are planned over the next few weeks to facilitate final paving for the project on Lambert Street which is expected to be done by the end of October.

    • Seventh Street will be paved soon and should only be closed for another week or two. The overall construction project will be winding down near the end of October.

    Find more information on City construction projects at nanaimo.ca/construction

    Map of road construction in the Harewood neighbourhood

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    What's New 

    Members of Council will be in session with a Governance and Priorities meeting where they will continue discussions related to Governance and Management Excellence. At their regular meeting on Monday night, Council will consider recommendations from the Finance and Audit Committee meeting on September 18, amendments to the Procedure Bylaw and more. Finally, a Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday.

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 30 - October 6

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 30, 2019

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    This week starts out with Orange Shirt Day, Council is back from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference and find out what's Out and About in Nanaimo for October.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

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    Monday, September 30 marks Orange Shirt Day, a day for "communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters". Together, the City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation are proclaiming September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, displaying unity denouncing Canadian policy for residential schools and solidarity with residential school survivors. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at orangeshirtday.org.

    It's hard to believe we are heading into October! With each new month, we have a new video to tell you what's in store. Check out the latest Out & About video below. Find all our videos on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/cityofnanaimo.

    Ring, Ring!

    Get your bicycle bells ready and register for GoByBike week taking place, rain or shine, October 21 to November 3.

    Are you not sure about your urban cycling skills? Take advantage of two bike courses with Parks, Recreation and Culture. The Beginner Bicycle Maintenance on October 20 will teach you how to fix a flat and repair a chain. The Street Smart Commuter Cycling Skills course for ages 6-10 on September 28 and ages 11-15 on October 5, will teach you road regulations, rider visibility and safety. See page 34 of the Fall and Winter Activity Guide for all the details. 

    Cops vs. Firefighters!

    On Monday, September 30, Nanaimo firefighters will take on RCMP riders when the Tour de Rock makes its way through Nanaimo and Ladysmith. The firefighters will make the journey via a rail pump car. This friendly competition will raise awareness and funds for cancer research. So, watch out for the pump car as it makes its way through town!

    Did you know?

    The Beban Pool and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre have Discount Dips for only $3 per person! Swim in Beban Pool for $3 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm and daily from 9 to 10 pm in the Aquatic Centre. Check the online schedule for upcoming Discount Dip Everyone Welcome swims!

    Date Change

    The Introduction to Motocross for 5-12 year-olds takes place on Sunday, October 6 – not October 9 as the Fall and Winter Activity Guide currently reads. Flip to page 26 for more info about this course.

    Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Plan your commute!

    The following routes will be affected by City construction projects this week:

    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as 24-hour single-lane alternating traffic takes place between Prince John Way and Rickers Curve for the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project.
    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades.
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work. This closure is expected to be in place until mid-October.
    • Over on Seventh Street, closures continue between Park Avenue and Short Avenue for the pump station and forcemain project
    • Work on Haliburton Street has just begun and will continue until spring 2020. Expect delays and detours throughout the project.

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    Council and Committees

    What's New 

    Members of Council went to the UBCM conference last week, but are back with a few meetings this week including a Governance and Priorities meeting where they will discuss a number of topics related to Governance and Management Excellence. A Health and Housing Task Force meeting will take place on Wednesday. 

    Meetings This Week

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 23-29, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 23, 2019

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    This week, fall officially begins, Nanaimo Fire is knocking on doors and with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference taking place, Council will not be in session.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.Around the city header image

    Summer is officially coming to an end with the fall equinox taking place on Monday, September 23. With fall's arrival, comes cooler temperatures and increased rainfall...the perfect combination for planting trees and shrubs. Roots still have time to establish in warm soil before the ground freezes and get a head start on spring.

    We will be planting trees this fall in Third Street, Harewood Centennial and East Wellington Park. If you or your group are interested in helping out with tree planting or tree care this fall, please contact us for more info at parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca. Please note, there are limited spots for tree planting and we will take volunteers on a first-come basis.

    Fall also means our Parks Operations crews will be getting parks ready for shorter days and colder weather. Water parks in Departure Bay, Deverill Square, Harewood Centennial and Mansfield parks will be shut down for the season, the water fountains in dog parks will also be shut off and if you see sprinklers in city parks or on our sports fields turned on at full blast, our crews are clearing them out in preparation for winter. 

    Nanaimo Aquatic Centre reopens on Monday, September 23 after being closed for annual maintenance and cleaning. This means Beban Pool will return from having extended opening hours to its regular hours. Check out the Public Schedules to see when your favourite pool activity takes place!

    Knock, knock!

    Who's there? Nanaimo Fire Rescue! City of Nanaimo firefighters will be knocking on doors in mobile home parks this fall to spread the word about the importance of working smoke alarms. 

    On average, there are less than three minutes to escape a house fire which is why working smoke alarms are so important. Research has proven that individuals have a 73% greater chance of dying in a fire if they don’t have a working smoke alarm. Homes should have at least one smoke alarm installed per floor and outside each sleeping area.

    Firefighters will check and install smoke alarms if needed. If you have questions or need assistance installing or testing your smoke alarms, please call Nanaimo Fire Rescue at 250-753-7311 or email fireinfo@nanaimo.ca.

    Did you know?

    Staff from our IT and engineering departments have won a Spirit of Innovation award for a project management software designed in-house at the recent Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISABC) conference! To learn more about the award, check out the "In the News" section at the end. 

    Events this week

     Upcoming Community Events

    • Tuesday, September 24: Hockey! The Exhibit, 6:30 to 8 pm in Frank Crane Arena
    • Friday, September 27: Free Swim Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings, 7 to 9 pm, in Beban Pool
    • Sunday, September 29: Lions FREE Skate, 11:30 am to 1 pm in Frank Crane Arena

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Plan your commute!

    The City has $3 billion in infrastructure that have to either be maintained, upgraded, or replaced depending on their lifecycle. We acknowledge that it's been a busy and sometimes frustrating commute for the Harewood neighbourhood with so much construction affecting roads. We want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we make these needed upgrades to utilities and roads. 

    The following routes will be affected by City construction projects this week:

    • Bruce Avenue is closed between Third and Fourth Streets as crews work on Bruce Avenue transportation and utility upgrades.
    • Bruce Avenue will be closed between Dundas Street and Fifth Street as the development project at Bruce and Fifth completes road work. This closure is expected to be in place until mid October.
    • Plan ahead if you are in the Hammond Bay area as the Hammond Bay Road widening and storm improvements project continues and delays should be expected.
    • Over on Seventh Street, closures continue between Park Avenue and Short Avenue for the pump station and forcemain project
    • Work on Haliburton Street has just begun and will continue until spring 2020. Expect delays and detours throughout the project.

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    What's New 

    Members of Council are at the UBCM conference this week, which means there are no meetings scheduled. In the meantime, you can visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 16-22, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 16, 2019

    My Nanaimo This Week - Image of Frank Ney Statue

    This week, celebrate Rivers Day in Maffeo Sutton Park, Culture and Heritage are looking for nominations and grant applications and it's a packed week of Council and Committee meetings.

    Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.

    Around the City

    Celebrate waterways during World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 22 in Maffeo Sutton Park. This event was founded by rivers advocate, and British Columbian, Mark Angelo to educate and bring awareness to the importance of rivers to our lives and encourage stewardship of these important waterways.

    Arrr matey!
    On Thursday, ready your sea legs during International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Visit Frank Ney's statue in Maffeo Sutton Park and say "Ahoy!"

    Did you know?

    The City of Nanaimo is currently seeking nominations for the 2020 Culture & Heritage Awards. This annual event showcases the outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in the arts, culture and heritage fields.

    Are you a community non-profit or heritage organization? Applications for 2020 Culture and Heritage Grants are now open!

    Are you a poet and want to share your work with the community? Apply to become Nanaimo's Poet Laureate for a three-year term. We are accepting applications until October 31.

    Upcoming Events

     Upcoming Community Events

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Traffic

    Plan your commute accordingly this week! The following routes will be affected by City construction projects:

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    What's New

    It's a full week of meetings. On Monday, Council is in session with a special meeting in the afternoon and their regular meeting in the evening. Wednesday will see the Finance and Audit committee and the Health and Housing Task Force having meetings. And the monthly meetings for the Board of Variance and Public Hearing will take place on Thursday.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view meeting agendas and videos. 

    Stay up to date with Council and Committees by reading summaries of decisions made posted the day after their meetings. 

    Council Meeting Summaries

    Committee Meeting Summaries

    Meetings This Week

    In the News 

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 9-15, 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Sep 09, 2019

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    Welcome to the first edition of My Nanaimo This Week! Here you will find a snap shot of the upcoming week and a recap of last week's news.

    This week, show your support with the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research; expect delays on your commute in the Hammond Bay, Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street areas; and Council is in session on Monday. Read on to discover what else to expect.

    Around the City

    It's that time of year again, back to school! As you settle back into routine after the lazy days of summer, make sure to slow down in school zones and watch out for kids walking and cycling to and from school. 

    Did you know?

    The City of Nanaimo is on Instagram! Find us at "cityofnanaimo" where we will provide City-related updates and showcase our beautiful community through photos. Share your Nanaimo photos by adding #MyNanaimo!

    Upcoming Community Events

    • Saturday, September 14: Starlight Skate, 7-9 p.m. in the Nanaimo Ice Centre, 750 Third Street
    • Sunday, September 15: Terry Fox Run, 10 a.m. start in Bowen Park, 500 Bowen Road
    • Sunday, September 22: Rivers Day, 11 am to 3 pm in Maffeo Sutton Park

    Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.

    Traffic

    Plan your commute accordingly this week! The following routes will be affected by City construction projects:

    Find more information on these and other City construction projects at www.nanaimo.ca/construction 

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    What's New

    This week, Council will consider a new Economic Development model at their meeting on Monday night and will discuss the topic of Strategic Policy Development for 2020 in their Governance and Priorities meeting.

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view meeting agendas and videos. 

    Stay up to date with Council and Committees by reading summaries of decisions made posted the day after their meetings. 

    Council Meeting Summaries

    Committee Meeting Summaries

    Meetings This Week

    In the News

    Here's a recap of City-related news from last week:

     

  • A Roadmap to our Future (What's a Strategic Plan?)

    by Derek Johnstone | Jul 17, 2019

    6am clock

    Picture this. It’s 6 am on a Saturday morning (the first day of your week-long vacation!) and you’re about to head out to visit some great friends in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Except, you didn’t make a plan. You don’t have a map and your phone and GPS systems aren’t working.

    How do you get there?

    BC Ferries and Flowers

    You know your starting point – you have a ferry to catch! Once you reach the mainland though, which way do you go? There are signs on the highway labelling the different routes, but none of them point specifically towards your destination.

    Chances are, even without a map and GPS, you will eventually get to Moose Jaw. But how many wrong turns did you take, how much time was lost, and how much frustration did you suffer? Having a well-planned travel strategy would make it a much more direct trip.

    Now, scale that experience up to planning for a City, and a crucial key to success is having a great map and knowing the different routes. That’s really what a strategic plan is. A roadmap with a predetermined route and destination.

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    For City Council, their 2019–2022 Strategic Plan outlines four important pillars to help Council guide the City of Nanaimo into the future. These important pillars are Environmental Responsibility, Governance Excellence, Livability, and Economic Health. 10 key focus areas as well as a multitude of action items support these four strategic themes.

    Imagine a City that’s age-friendly, has good and affordable housing options for everyone, and is future-minded with a strong Climate Resilience Strategy. Picture an economically strong City that creates a transportation infrastructure geared for cycling, walking, and driving. Now imagine that it’s all governed by a Council that believes in excellence.

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    These are just some of the great focus points and actions that are guiding our Council and the City’s operations through the City of Nanaimo’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. It’s a vision. It’s values. And it lays the foundation for the development and success of work plans and operations across the City. Read the plan here: 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

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  • It Starts Here...Public Works Week 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | May 16, 2019

    Have you ever wondered how a city runs? How does clean drinking water flow through your tap? What happens after the toilet flushes? Who plans and builds the roads, sidewalks and bike lanes to ease your commute? Where does your recycling go after it is picked up?

    All these things that make your day run, start with a city’s Public Works department and its employees. Building on this concept is the theme of the 2019 National Public Works Week - It Starts Here.

    Public Works Week poster

    The City is once again participating in Public Works Week, a week-long recognition of the work the professionals in this field do to improve your quality of life and make our community a great place live, work and play.

    On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, approximately 450 students from Grades 4 and 5 within School District 68 will tour the City’s Public Works Yard. Through interactive activities, students will gain an understanding into the many services provided by the Engineering and Public Works Department and the impact of Public Works on their daily lives. Check out this video from last year’s event.

    Are you interested in learning about the journey the water flowing through your tap takes? Register for the free Nanaimo Watershed and Water Treatment Plant Tour on May 23. This all-day guided tour will take you through Nanaimo’s drinking watershed to our water treatment plant.

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    Find out more about what your Public Works department does to make our city run by viewing the following videos.

     

     

     

  • Buttertubs Marsh - more than just a pretty place!

    by Natalie Sponaugle | Feb 22, 2019

    Buttertubs Marsh is a hidden gem in the heart of Nanaimo. Step foot onto its trail and you will immediately be transported from the hustle and bustle of your surroundings into a serene sanctuary.

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    Buttertubs

    Located just a short distance from the Nanaimo Ice Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Buttertubs is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The two-kilometer loop trail is easily accessible and there are observation decks and a tower for taking in the views. It is also home to the famous Miner’s Cottage, which was built sometime around 1910-1912 and relocated to its current site in the late 1990’s.

    Miners cottage

    Buttertubs trees

    A bird and wildlife sanctuary, Buttertubs is a perfect place to go for a stroll, take in the sights and enjoy one of our city’s greatest natural assets. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the role it plays in our community.

    A study completed in 2018 reveals that this 55-hectare wetland plays an important and extremely beneficial role in moderating the downstream flow of the Millstone River. In fact, if the marsh did not exist it would cost the City anywhere from $4.7 to $8.3 million dollars to build a system to do the same job that the Buttertubs does just by being there! Other benefits to a natural stormwater storage system like this one is that there are no up-front or replacement costs and no depreciation. Not to mention, it eliminates the need to buy land and build on it.

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    Among some of the world’s most productive environments, wetlands like Buttertubs are Mother Nature’s water filtration system and are vital for human survival. They serve to mitigate climate change, control flooding and are home to countless species of plants and animals that depend on them for survival. Want to learn more? You can read the full report here.

    Buttertubs

    The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative pilot study was organized through the David Suzuki Foundation, the Town of Gibsons, Sustainable Prosperity, Asset Management BC and Brooke and Associates. Nanaimo was one of five communities across the country invited to take part in the study, which looked at ways to apply measurement and management methods used in asset and financial practices to conserve and enhance natural capital.

    Buttertubs Marsh is co-owned and managed by the City of Nanaimo, The Nature Trust of British Columbia and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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  • Splish-splash we’re having a blast!

    by Natalie Sponaugle | Feb 14, 2019

    Summer may feel like a long ways away but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some aquatic fun! Both the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Pool are open year-round for your enjoyment, while the outdoor Kin Pool at Bowen Park stays in hibernation until May.

    Nanaimo Aquatic Centre

    NAC Entrance

    Did you know? The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (or NAC as it is commonly referred to) opened in June 2001 and is home to one of the largest wave pools in western Canada! In addition to riding the waves, you can also enjoy its lazy river, three waterslides and interactive fishing boat water feature with a slide and climbing net. And of course, a trip to NAC wouldn’t be complete without a soak in the large hot tub or taking in the sauna and steam room.

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    NAC slide lookout

    Feeling adventurous? Take a plunge off the 1-metre and 3-metre diving boards! Also featuring a 50-metre, Olympic-size pool, there is plenty of space to swim and enjoy one of the island’s most popular aquatic facilities.

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    If you’re looking for a more challenging workout, why not try out the weight room at NAC which features an impressive collection of fitness equipment. There are also public rentable meeting spaces available - especially great for hosting birthday parties! Other amenities include an on-site cafe, swim wear specialty shop and physiotherapy clinic.

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    NAC Pool Entry

    Beban Pool

    Beban pool entrance

    Located within the Beban Park Complex, you will find four different pools making Beban Pool a place for all ages and abilities. The main pool first opened in 1976 and has seen many changes and updates over the years. There is now a leisure pool with spray features and lazy river, a tot pool, aquafit pool and 25-metre length pool. Other features include a water slide, 1-metre and 3-metre diving boards, a steam room and hot tub. 

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    Beban Pool

     Beban waterfeature

    One of Beban Pool's claim to fame's is their annual Halloween Howl event held at the pool each year. Complete with a haunted slide tower and real pumpkins floating in the pool, it's a fun family event you'll want to be sure to check out once October rolls around!

    Halloween Howl

    Overlooking the pool deck is a weight room with both free weights and stationary fitness equipment. So, whether you want to join an aquafit class, let the kids splash around, swim laps, soak in the hot tub or lift weights you’re sure to find there is something for you at Beban Pool!  

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    Kin Pool

    Kin Pool

    Built in the 1960’s, the Kin Pool is Nanaimo’s first public, and only outdoor, swimming pool. It was built in partnership with the Nanaimo Kinsmen Club and is now operated by the Nanaimo White Rapids Summer Swim Club who use it as a training pool and for swim meets. They also offer summer swimming lessons and public swimming.

    The pool opens in May with weekend public swimming beginning in June. Toward the end of June the pool opens up on weekdays for public swimming, aquafit classes and adult length swimming. For more information on public schedules check out the Nanaimo White Rapids website.

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    Check out the following links for pool events, drop-in schedules or to register for swim lessons:

    https://www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/news-events/events

    https://www.nanaimo.ca/recreation-parks/drop-in-schedules

    https://www.nanaimo.ca/recreation-parks/recreation-facilities-schedules/activity-guide

    Some upcoming fun swims!

    Feb. 22 - Coast Capital Savings Everyone Welcome Free Swim, 7-9 pm at Beban Pool

    March 18 & 25 - Marvelous Mondays Spring Break Pool Party, 1-3 pm at NAC

  • A Look Through Time: the History of Bowen Park

    by Natalie Sponaugle | Feb 05, 2019

    Bowen Park is named after a pair of brothers, George and James Bowen, owners of the San Francisco-based Western Fuel Company. In 1918, the company donated the parkland to the City of Nanaimo with a condition that it be used for park purpose only (official land title registration took place in 1931).

    The park was very popular with residents who enjoyed hiking the trails and having picnics and other gatherings in the picturesque setting next to the Millstone River. Controversy arose in 1949 between the parks board and City Council when the parks board hired well-known logger Ole Buck to remove 293 trees in the interest of public safety. Plans for developing the park were brought forward by the BC Forest Service in 1951 and on February 18, 1953, the Rotary Club of Nanaimo took on the project and established the Bowen Park Development Association. 

    Largely driven by volunteers from the community, work on clearing some of the land and putting through a roadway alongside the river began.

    Bowen Park Rotary Project Clearing Bush 1953

    Bowen Park Cleanup Sunday Work Party April 19 1953

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    In 1958, Harry Wipper was hired as the manager for the newly formed Civic Properties and Recreation Commission board and began work on a ten-year master plan for the park. Mr. Wipper later became the first Director of Parks and Recreation and both he and the commission played a role in building the recreation complex, outdoor pool, tennis courts and bowling green.

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    Bowen Park’s natural beauty has always been a main attraction for visitors, both then and now. At the main entrance to the park is the Billy Lewis Centenary Memorial Rose Garden, which was dedicated in 1963, when Mr. Lewis celebrated his hundredth birthday. 

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    Another colourful feature is the Hailey Rhododendron Grove, thanks to the donation of 350 rhododendron hybrids from the collection of Mrs. Ellen Hailey in April 1975. There are shady interpretive trails that meander along the Millstone River, passing by Garry Oak meadow, a salmon habitat and a scenic waterfall.

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    Deadman Falls in Bowen Park

    Many come for sports! Bowen is home to a championship disc golf course, the only outdoor sand volleyball court in Nanaimo and a popular lawn bowling club. The park’s sport field, curling club, tennis courts and outdoor lacrosse box provide ample opportunities to try a new sport and get some exercise! Other popular features include the outdoor amphitheatre, duck pond, playgrounds and picnic shelters.

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    Bowen Park really does offer something for everyone. Sign up for a cooking course and you might end up in the Bowen Kitchen, where many of these Parks and Rec classes take place. If you stroll the halls, you’ll hear little voices and footsteps running around, as it is home to pre-school and baby ballet. Seniors meet regularly and enjoy dancing classes, yoga, card games, music, pool, woodworking and much more. Check out the Activity Guide for a full list of courses offered and come visit soon!

    Want to explore more parks in your area? Check out the City of Nanaimo's park search!

    Historical information courtesy of "A Place In Time: Nanaimo Chronicles" by Jan Peterson. Historical photos courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives.

  • Skate away in Nanaimo’s arenas

    by Tracy Loewen | Jan 31, 2019

    Skating is as Canadian as maple syrup. Bundling up in our winter coats and mittens and lacing up our skates is a routine most of us have experienced. Skating is a great skill to learn and a fun way to spend time with family and friends. 

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    In Nanaimo, you can choose from four ice rinks to experience this quintessential Canadian pastime whether it be as a participant during an Everyone Welcome skate or a spectator at a hockey game. Last year, our arenas saw over 44,000 visits. 
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    On Third Street, you will find the Nanaimo Ice Centre, which opened in 2006. With two NHL-sized ice rinks you can take skating lessons, learn hockey skills and drop-in on an Everyone Welcome, Parent & Tot or Scrub Hockey session. One Saturday evening per month, the ice centre hosts the Starlight Skate, an Everyone Welcome skate under soft light “stars”. Coast Capital Savings also sponsors a free Everyone Welcome skate session one Friday night each month here. 

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    Located in Beban Park, Cliff McNabb opened in 1994. Named after the founder of the Nanaimo Clippers, this NHL-sized rink hosts a number of hockey and skate camps during Pro-D days and winter and spring breaks. You can also sign up for hockey programs such as Hockey Rascals and private hockey lessons. Drop into Cliff McNabb arena for Stick n’ Puck and Adult Co-Ed Scrimmage sessions.
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    Also located in Beban Park, Nanaimo’s oldest standing arena opened in 1976 and is named after Frank Crane, a well-known member of the community and a hockey advocate who sat on the Parks and Recreation Commission. In this fully accessible arena, you will find seating for up to 2,400 spectators and an NHL-sized rink where you can sign up for skating and hockey lessons as well as attend a number of drop-in skate sessions. It is also home to the Nanaimo Clippers – Go Clippers!
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    The Nanaimo Lions Club, along with other community organizations, sponsor a weekly Lions Free Skate session each Sunday from September through March. The City hosts community events here as well including the monthly Glow in the Dark Skate and Winter Wonderland, an annual event that runs from December 26-30. This popular event takes place thanks to partnerships between the City of Nanaimo and various local businesses and is a way to say "thank you" to the community and give everyone, regardless of age, skating ability or economic circumstances, an opportunity to enjoy skating.

    To find a drop-in skate or hockey session, use the Drop-In Schedules tool on the City website and to register for a program, check out the Recreation Nanaimo on the City website.
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  • A Look Through Time: the History of Beban Park

    by Natalie Sponaugle | Jan 15, 2019

    From farmland to parkland

    Beban Park has a rich history beginning as a 160-acre farm property acquired by Frank and Hannah Beban in 1930. The Beban family built the mansion known today as Beban House on the property and over the next 20 years developed the property with gardens and a horseracing track.

    Beban HouseBeban House - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

    Frank Beban 1940Frank Beban circa 1940 - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

    Horse Race Beban Estate 1935Horse racing at Beban Estate circa 1935 - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

    In 1953, after Frank’s death, the City of Nanaimo purchased the estate. In the early days, the park was known as Exhibition Park. It was, and still is, the site of the Vancouver Island Exhibition (VIEx).

    City Acquiring Beban House May 1953City acquiring Beban House May 1953 - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

    Changes through the years

    Beban Park has seen many additions and changes throughout the years.

    In 1958, the Centennial Building, a number of livestock barns and the Grandview Bowl were built. The Grandview Bowl, a renown race track that remained open until 1985, was considered one of the most up to date stock car racing tracks in Canada at the time and was even visited by Queen Elizabeth II during a visit in 1959! 

    Grandview Bowl 1970Grandview Bowl circa 1970 - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

    From 1973 to 1990, ownership of the park transferred to the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Beban Pool, Frank Crane Arena and Social Centre opened to the public under the name “Beban Park” in 1976, and the Agriplex was constructed in 1987.

    Beban 1976A brand new Beban Park circa March 1976 - photo courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives

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    In the early 1980’s, the local Kinsmen Service Club built the 23 acre Participark – a treed wellness loop inspired by the federal government’s ParticipACTION program to motivate Canadians to get outside and exercise.

    Other amenities added to the park over the years include the opening of a BMX park in 1991, the Cliff McNabb Arena in 1994, a Pitch and Putt golf course in 1999 and the Beban Park Community Gardens in 2010. The Altrusa Playground and a dog off-leash park are other popular spots for park-goers. The park also features two artificial turf fields, on the site of the old Grandview Bowl, as well as the Beban Park Four Fields, a project funded by community groups. 

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    Numerous renovations and upgrades have taken place over the years, including a significant renovation in 2010, funded in part through $1 Million of federal funding through the Canada Action Plan RinC Grant Program. The Cliff McNabb Arena was also refurbished in 2012.

    More recently, in 2017 the Steve Smith Bike Park, named after the young professional cyclist from the Nanaimo area who tragically lost his life in May of 2016, was opened to the public. Featuring a pump track, dirt jump and return trail, this addition to the park has been very popular with riders of all ages.

    Steve Smith pump track

    Another addition in 2017 was a new greenhouse built by the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society – this volunteer-led group runs the Beban Learning Gardens, located next to the VIEX grounds.

    Looking ahead

    There are a number of exciting plans in store for this park, some of which are outlined in the Beban Park Master Plan. The City of Nanaimo is dedicated to ensuring that Beban Park continues to serve our growing community for many years to come.

    Beban Park has been a community gathering space for 60 years and is Nanaimo’s largest city-owned recreation centre.

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    Want to explore more parks in your area? Check out the City of Nanaimo's park search!

    Historical information courtesy of "A Place In Time: Nanaimo Chronicles" by Jan Peterson. Historical photos courtesy of the Nanaimo Community Archives.

  • Be active in 2019

    by Tracy Loewen | Jan 04, 2019

    Happy New Year, Nanaimo! Now that the holidays are over, many of us are settling back into routine and making resolutions for the year ahead. Take a moment to make a goal to be more active in 2019.

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    Nanaimo Parks and Recreation has a variety of programs for all ages and abilities designed to help get your body moving and have fun!

    Register for a program: whether it is skating, swimming, yoga, boot camp, karate or Bollywood dance lessons, these programs offer a fun and welcoming environment for you to stay active. Register online, in person or by calling 250-756-5200.

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    Drop-in to an activity: the City’s rec centres offer a variety of classes such as Total Barre Fitness and Power Yoga in Oliver Woods Community Centre and, over in the Bowen Park complex, drop in on Circuit Training and Train and Strength classes. Our pools and arenas have daily drop-in skating and swimming sessions for all ages. Build strength in our weight rooms located in the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Pool and the gym in Oliver Woods Community Centre offers a variety of drop-in sports like floor hockey and volleyball. Find a list of drop-in activities on the City website.

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    Get outside: from running, walking and hiking to mountain biking and playing, Nanaimo’s parks, playgrounds and trails have a variety of terrain to get you moving. Not to mention, exploring our natural beauty has other health benefits including reducing stress levels and lowering blood pressure. Check out the Nanaimo Parks Search on the City website to find a park or trail to explore.

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    Mnt Bike-4Have fun: at our pool and arena special events this month. Nanaimo Ice Centre hosts a Starlight Skate on Saturday, January 19 from 7-9 pm, Coast Capital Savings is offering a free skate session in Nanaimo Ice Centre on January 18 from 3:45-5:15 pm and the Lions Free Skates continue each Sunday from 12-1:30 pm (10:45 am -12:30 pm on Clipper game days) in Frank Crane Arena. Over in the pools, take part in a Super Hero Fun swim in Beban Pool on Sunday, January 20 from 1:30-3:30 pm and Coast Capital Savings will host a free swim on January 25 from 7-9 pm. Find more information these and other City events in the events listing section on the City website.

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    Skate-44Check out the Fall and Winter Activity Guide for more ways to stay active in 2019 and stay tuned for the Spring and Summer Activity Guide coming out in March!

     
  • What To Do When Winter Weather Hits Nanaimo

    by Tracy Loewen | Feb 19, 2018

    We are fortunate to live in an area that has, for the most part, a pretty mild climate year-round. So, when we get hit with weather, such as snow, that the rest of Canada experiences on a regular basis during winter, it can take everyone by surprise. 

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    The City prepares for snow and ice conditions ahead of time by salting the roads with a brine solution before a winter storm. Watch this short video for more information on how this process works.

    When it comes to clearing the roads, the City has 17 vehicles in its fleet capable of removing snow and salting roads. Crews work multiple shifts day and night to assess the condition of the roads.

     

     

    We also have priority routes that must be cleared first and stay clear in order for emergency vehicles to get to and from the hospital, fire stations and BC Ambulance stations. Once these are clear, crews move onto other routes. 

    The winter of 2016-17 was particularly "wintery" for Nanaimo with higher than average snowfall and freezing temperatures. This made for a number of issues for both the City and residents. 

    We have been able to avoid any significant amount of snowfall - until this past weekend when we were reminded there is still some winter left! Below are some tips to get you through any winter storm event.

    At Home:

    On the Roads:

    • Take extra caution whether you're driving, walking or cycling. Roads and sidewalks can be slippery during and after snowfall meaning everyone must do their part to use extra care when on their daily commutes.
    • Plan ahead by checking the weather reports and following the City on Facebook or Twitter for winter road updates. 
    • Some extra tips for drivers:
      • Make sure to have proper winter tires on your car.
      • Check the radiator anti-freeze protection level and windshield washer levels on your car.
      • Make sure there is an ice scraper in your car.
      • Keeping door lock de-icer on hand.
      • Checking the condition of your car's window wiper blades.
      • Keep your gas tank full.
      • Allow more time for your vehicle to warm up.
      • Slow down when driving.
      • Allow more stopping distance, driving well ahead.
      • Plan your route to avoid hills.
      • Stay well back from snow plows and salt trucks.

    Visit the City website for more information on Snow and Ice Control.

  • Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale

    by Derek Johnstone | Sep 15, 2017

    Buying, selling, and trading used goods isn't just good for the pocketbook - it's great for the environment as well! On September 9, 2017, the City of Nanaimo held a trunk sale and gave residents a free opportunity to get together and shop on this wet Saturday morning. The new garbage trucks were on scene too, as well as The Wave, helping to inform the public about the new Sort Toss Roll automated curbside collection program. Have you got a great name for these trucks? Read more at Name The Garbage Trucks

     

  • A Stroll Through the Art

    by Ross Collicutt | Aug 11, 2017

    When art is created with intriguing detail and personality, it draws me in every time. The temporary art that pops up in Nanaimo’s downtown and Maffeo Sutton Park each year is some of my favourite to take in and to photograph. From materials to presentation, there is a lot to look at, and I find that different angles tend to offer a different experience with each piece.

    Earlier this summer, before I realized the new art pieces were installed, the #Hungry Bunny stood out like a cartoon character come-to-life. The bold pink is impossible to miss against the green grass of the park, and the blue sky of a sunny summer day. The artists on this piece drew their inspiration from the rising population of feral rabbits. Are Nanaimo’s bunnies cute or a nuisance? Right now that may be debatable, and this piece certainly inspires some deep bunny thought.

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    * #Hungry Bunny, Artist: Dale (Dasch) Schulz

    Meet Me at the Blue Flowers in MacGregor Park across from the Port Theatre, is also a sculpture made of metal, and makes great use of metallic shine and blue glass to draw in attention. This is one of my favourite locations for temporary art, with the waterfront and boats in the background, and the historic clock beside it. These large and sparkling blue flowers seem right at home here, and yes, the flowers do help make this a great meeting place.

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    * Meet Me at the Blue Flowers, Artist: Deryk and Samuel Houston

    Another painted steel creature looks out at the water from Maffeo Sutton Park. Lunar Flyer is a great horned owl and is about to take hold of an unwitting mouse. There is a lot of realism in this representation, and given that horned owls are nocturnal, they are common but rare to see. This piece of art is a great reminder of their presence.

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    * Lunar Flyer, Artist: Heather Wall

    Portal  is another symbolic piece, but this art is made stronger by its creative story. This structure is a steel frame completely wrapped with pieces of discarded rope provided by a local log salvor. Making old new again, this artist takes materials and reuses them in a very thoughtful way here.

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    * Portal, Artist: Heather Passmore

    There are more temporary and permanent art structures around downtown and Maffeo Sutton Park, enhancing the parks energy and appeal. You can visit www.nanaimo.ca and click through Visitors – Public Art to access more information, and even a smartphone app that will use your phone’s gps to guide you to the nearest masterpiece. So head out for a stroll through Maffeo-Sutton Park and Nanaimo's downtown, and enjoy some of the 169 public art projects that Nanaimo has to offer!

  • Tips to Keep Cool

    by Ross Collicutt | Aug 01, 2017
    Hey Nanaimo,
     
    With the expected heat wave this week, we have compiled a few ideas on how to stay cool and a few safety reminders to keep top of mind. 
     
    Please Remember:  
    • To wear a hat
    • To slather the sunscreen on before going out in the sun
    • If possible, choose cooler times of the day for strenuous activities and exercise
    • That staying hydrated is important, pack your water bottle
    • To take moments in the shade to cool down
    • It is not OK to leave a pet or child in a hot vehicle
    • We are on level two water restrictions
    • There is a BC wide fire ban in effect
    • To properly dispose of cigarettes and other smoking materials
    • To try to reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading you can remove deadfall and debris and keep hedges trimmed and grass mowed

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    Parks & Recreation has a few events & ideas to help you stay cool:

    Share your "keeping cool moments" this month with us on instagram @nanaimoparksandrec using #ilovemyparksandrec

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  • Picture a Park: Westwood Lake Park

    by Ross Collicutt | Feb 10, 2017

    One of Nanaimo's most popular parks is Westwood Lake Park. Located off Westwood Road, this 187.6 hectare (463 acres) park boasts many amenities to enjoy year-round.

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    First off, the lake itself. It's great for fishing, swimming and boating. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing float towards the south side of the park past the second beach.

    In the summer, people flock to Westwood Lake to cool off. Lifeguards are on duty at the main beach area during the summer. A washroom and changeroom building is located near the beach and a small playground is located at the second beach near the gravel parking lot. Both electric motors and non powered boats are welcome on the lake. 

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    A well-groomed main trail winds its way around the lake and is excellent for both runners and walkers. Some shorter loops can be accessed from the south end of the main trail. There are trails leading to hikes of nearby Mount Benson and Morrell Nature Sanctuary. There is also a dog off-leash area accessible from the far side of the lake and runs along the hydro lines. Make sure to keep your dog leashed when you are not in the off-leash area.

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    Lastly, Westwood Lake Park has many trails designed for mountain biking. 

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    Looking for a park to explore? Check out the Nanaimo Parks Search tool.

     

     

     

  • Where's the Fire?

    by Ross Collicutt | Feb 10, 2017

    Want to get an idea of the types of calls Nanaimo Fire and Rescue receives on any given day? The Fire Incident Response tool on the City website gives you updated information of fire calls throughout Nanaimo.

    With the tool, you can see a list of each days calls by entering a date in the "Select Date" field. The current date is always the default date.

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    Further down the page, another feature of the tool lets you view each fire call on a map. You can also view the statistical data of the number of each particular incident Nanaimo Fire and Rescue has to attend. 

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    For more information visit the Fire Incident Response tool on the City website.

     

Last updated: February 19, 2018

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