Nanaimo: Population 88,000
Boasting world class recreational activities, Nanaimo is home to a bounty of activities from hiking, boating, kayaking, biking, scuba-diving, theatre, and bustling restaurants.
Nanaimo is accessed by ferry from Vancouver, by car from other areas of Vancouver Island, and by airplane from anywhere else in the world. Nanaimo is served by three airports: Nanaimo Airport (YCD) with services to Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC), Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport with services to Vancouver harbour and Vancouver Airport (YVR South Terminal), and Nanaimo/Long Lake Water Airport. Nanaimo also has three BC Ferry terminals located at Departure Bay, Duke Point, and downtown. The downtown terminal services Gabriola Island while Departure Bay and Duke Point service Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen respectively. Highways 1, 19 and 19A traverse the city. Bus service in the city is provided by Nanaimo Regional Transit.
Numerous daily flights from Nanaimo
With the recent beautification of downtown, the walkaway along the harbour Nanaimo has become the place to be for those who love both city convenience and yet are only a very, very short distance to parks, nature and the ocean.
Real estate in Nanaimo is going through some interesting changes. With prices out of reach for Vancouver and even Victoria many home buyers are choosing Nanaimo as their permanent residence. A new trend is to live in Nanaimo and work in Vancouver. With sea planes and a busy ferry service this be possible. Prices in Nanaimo are very reasonable in comparison to Vancouver and Victoria. There is plenty of “bang for your buck” in Nanaimo.