Summer Fun in the City!

Jun 09, 2016 |

It's hard to believe June has already arrived! The days are getting longer, soon kids will be out of school for the summer and we will be venturing outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. Parks and Recreation has plenty of programs, activities and events coming up to make for a memorable summer in the City. Here's a snapshot of what's planned:

Water Parks

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The water parks located in Departure Bay Centennial ParkDeverill Square Gyro 2 ParkHarewood Centennial Park and Mansfield Park are great way to cool the kids down on those hot summer days. Depending on the weather, they typically open for season in May and close in September.

Search for the Golden Bucket Contest


Back for another year! This fun scavenger hunt let's you explore parks around Nanaimo you may have never visited before. You also may learn a few fun fact along the way! Each week, a clue to where the golden bucket is located is posted on the City website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. Once you find the golden bucket, there will be a question in the bucket for you to answer. Send your answer to You will then be entered to win a prize pack.

Family Fishing Day


On Father's Day, the whole family can join in on a free day of fishing fun in the new location of Colliery Dam Park. Enjoy a trout release, fly tying demos, arts and crafts, games and, of course, learn to fish.  

Concerts in the Parks

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Back for another season, this popular series of free concerts starts at the amphitheatre in Bowen Park on Wednesday evenings in July and moves to the Lions Pavilion in Maffeo Sutton Park in August. New this year, the lunchtime concerts on Mondays will start out in Maffeo Sutton Park in July but will move to Bowen Park in August. 

Glow in the Dark Skates


The arenas continue with the popular Glow in the Dark Skates every other Wednesday night throughout the summer. Held in Cliff McNabb Arena for June, it then moves to Nanaimo Ice Centre for July and August.

Wacky Wednesdays

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Nanaimo Aquatic Centre hosts an afternoon filled with weird and wacky fun every Wednesday in July and August.

Summer Camps

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Last, but definitely not least, we offer a variety of summer camp programs for ages ranging from pre-school to teen. Check them out starting on page 33 of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide

To learn about more events around the City this summer visit the Community Events and Planning section of the City website.



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