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Nanaimo

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Nanaimo /nəˈnm/ (Canada 2016 Census population 90,504) is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British ColumbiaCanada. It is known as “The Harbour City”. The city was previously known as the “Hub City”, which has been attributed to its original layout design where the streets radiated out from the shoreline like the spokes of a wagon wheel, as well as its generally centralized location on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo is also the headquarters of the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Location and geography

Aerial photo of downtown and central Nanaimo and adjacent islands.

Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 110 km northwest of Victoria, and 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, and linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. As the site of the main ferry terminal, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island—TofinoComox ValleyParksvilleCampbell RiverPort AlberniRathtrevor Beach Provincial Park—and off its coast—Newcastle IslandProtection IslandGabriola IslandValdes Island, and many other of the Gulf Islands.

Buttertubs Marsh is a bird sanctuary located in the middle of the city. The marsh covers approximately 100 acres (40 hectares). Within this is the 46 acre (18.7 hectare) “Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area”, owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia.