Nanaimo. My home. It is located on the central east coast of Vancouver Island. It was once the location of five separate first-nations villages.The name Nanaimo derives from a Coast Salish word, Sney-ny-mo, the "meeting place" - and is a perfect description of this rapidly-growing harbour community at the centre of Vancouver Island.
Nanaimo is the third oldest city in British Columbia and was incorporated in 1874. It is the second largest city on Vancouver Island. A former coal-mining town, it now boasts a growing university, beautiful waterfront and many parks.
It's bustling harbour is the central focus for visitors to Nanaimo, with freighters, fishing boats, tugboats and barges, sail boats and float planes all coming and going in a hive of activity in the harbour.
All in all a great place to live and spend a day taking pictures! Some of my favorite places to photograph are Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon, Jack Point Park, Mount Benson, Westwood Lake, Benson Creek Park, Ammonite Falls, Colliery Dam, Newcastle Island, the Nanaimo Estuary, Swyalana Lagoon and the rest of the waterfront downtown.