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Overview of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It has been dubbed the 'Bathtub Racing Capital of the World' and 'Harbour City'. Nanaimo is also referred to as the 'Hub City' because of its central location on Vancouver Island.

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  • Population: 79,626 (2005)
  • Population Density: 892.97 /km²
  • Area: 89.17 km²
  • Latitude: 49°11?N
  • Longitude: 123°59?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 140 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo began as a trading post in the early 1800's. The town was chiefly known for the export of coal. The 1887 Nanaimo Mine Explosion killed 148 miners and was the largest man-made explosion until the Halifax Explosion. In the 1940s, lumber supplanted coal as the main business, although Minetown Days are still celebrated in the neighbouring community of Lantzville.

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Nanaimo's Demographics

The racial diversity in Nanaimo is 88.5% Caucasian, 4.7% Aboriginal, 1.8% South Asian, 1.5% Chinese and 1.5% Southeast Asian.

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Nanaimo's Climate

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Education in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Malaspina University-College`s main campus is located in Nanaimo, which brings many international students to the city. The school is known for its music programs. Elementary and secondary schools in Nanaimo are part of School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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Transportation around Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Tourism and Attractions of Nanaimo

Nanaimo has world-class diving, shopping, accommodations, golf, hiking/biking/kayaking, boat charters and fishing that are second to none.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Nanaimo
  • South Wellington
  • Cedar
  • Cassidy
  • Ladysmith
  • Chemainus
  • Lake Cowichan
  • Youbou
  • Nitinat
  • Caycuse
  • Parksville
  • Qualicum Beach
  • Nanoose Bay
  • Lantzville
  • Gabriola
  • Coombs
  • Jayem
  • Wellington
  • Nanaimo Town
  • Stockett
  • Chase River

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Geography of Nanaimo, British Columbia

Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, but directly linked to Vancouver via BC Ferries. Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the island -- Tofino, Comox Valley, Port Alberni--and off its coast-- Newcastle Island, Gabriola Island, Valdes Island, and many other of the Gulf Islands.

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Nanaimo's Government

An elected Council comprised of a Mayor and eight Councillors governs the City of Nanaimo. Councillors are elected for three year terms and each member of Council represents the entire City.

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Nanaimo's Economy and Industry

Nanaimo is experiencing a great deal of industrial growth, especially in the old city area and on the waterfront. Nanaimo is also experiencing a significant increase in tech related work, especially with regards to the internet. High education levels and a low cost of living make Nanaimo a great candidate for expansion in an ever increasing tech/web field with rising costs.

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Nanaimo's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo is home to quite a few sporting clubs, like the Nanaimo Minor Hockey Hockey Association, Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club, Mid-Island Karate Club, Nanaimo Volleyball Club and the Nanaimo Skating Club, just to name a few!

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Media of Nanaimo

Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Daily News, a local, daily newspaper that keeps residents up to date on local and national news. It is also home to several AM and FM radio stations.

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