Sunny Sunday in Nanaimo
The Harbour City
The bright citizens of Nanaimo had the foresight to create a multi-use harbour many years ago and obviously have made a great success of it. The harbour offers breath-taking views and provides for industry, business, tourism and public enjoyment. If you want more details about some of the challenges they faced, have a look at a YouTube piece created by Gary Prendergrast
The people of Nanaimo really do celebrate their harbour!
They have thought of every type of user, from boaters, to paddlers, joggers, and strollers, (both types), to those of us who also like to sit on the terraced waterside stairs and dip our toes in the ocean. For the little ones, there is an elaborate kids park. Nanaimo’s picturesque, harbour sits on the shoulders of the revitalized downtown core.
A meandering pathway runs along the harbour, where you can enjoy many gastronomic seaside delights like; The Best Fish and Chips, 3 years running at Trollers Fish and Chips, literally floating on the dock! or quench your thirst with a cold beer or refreshing glass of wine at the Lighthouse Bar and Restaurant and watch all the seafaring activities of the seagulls, boaters. And what seaside visit would be complete without some Ice Cream or Gelato or a cuppa tea, with what else a Nanaimo Bar.
After all this, you might need a walk! Enjoy a little boat time yourself; just jump on the walk on ferry, to New Castle Island. There you can enjoy, camping, a gentle 2-4 km hike, go for a swim in the ocean, ride your bike…….. sans cars!
Another adventure awaits, with a visit to the Dinghy Dock Pub, a short ferry ride over to Protection Island, all accessible from the harbour in Nanaimo.