We have a myriad of activities to keep you occupied. Our selection of Parks and Recreation activities is great. Our new Aquatic and Leisure Centre boasts western Canada's largest wave pool and a huge 48 person therapeutic pool. Beban Park has an outstanding array of amenities including an all-weather lawn bowling green, lighted tennis courts, Pitch and Putt golf course, our community's second aquatic centre, 2 arenas and lots of big sports fields. Bowen Park is our version of Stanley Park in Vancouver. There are great wooded trails, a waterfall, duck pond, tennis courts, Seniors Centre and lawn bowling.

Nanaimo is also home to the Nanaimo Regional Hospital which provides services to the Central Vancouver Island region. This full service hospital provides all level of care and has attracted a holistic collection of specialists. Most of your medical needs can be met here however if you require services that are not available in Nanaimo, both Victoria Regional and Vancouver General Hospitals are within very close range.

There are miles of great forest trails and oceanside beaches and parks. One of our favourite places to go is Piper's Lagoon. This park has it all; a great beach, small mountain to climb and a lagoon to wander around! You can toss stones into the ocean and then watch some climbers practicing their abseiling!

We also like to go out to Cable Bay Trail in the winter to watch the Sea Lions hang out on the log booms near Harmac Mill. These great lumbering animals winter in our community and then spend the summer in California and Mexico (they have the life don't they!).

Buttertubs Marsh, Westwood Lake (currently our most favourite park as it has a 6 km loop trail around the lake and is a great place for a relaxing walk, run or speed walking) and Morrel Sanctuary are some of our other great parklands. For more on the great parks in Nanaimo, go to the City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation site.

Nanaimo has quite a few indoor attractions to keep you occupied. For example, The Nanaimo District Museum is a great little place! They feature a new Coal Mining Exhibit, restored steam locomotive, miners cabin and their own secret little park with great views of the Boat Basin and the Harbour. The Museum also operates The Bastion. This Hudson Bay Company Fort was built in 1853 and is a very interesting piece of local history.

Nanaimo is home to some great cultural events and venues. The Port Theatre offers an extensive selection of plays, live music and traveling acts. We have many other professional and amateur theatrical companies including The Nanaimo Theatre Group and TheatreOne!


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