Nanaimo is the fifth fastest growing urban centre in British Columbia. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean Nanaimo is a 20 minute flight from downtown Vancouver or a 1.5 hour ferry ride. The economic hub of central and northern Vancouver Island, Nanaimo boasts a vibrant business community and exceptional quality of life.
Businesses choose to locate in Nanaimo because of the cost efficiencies and the complete range of telecommunications services. The city offers a skilled and motivated workforce, exceptional technological infrastructure, and easy access to world markets. This welcoming region of over 156,000 people is proud of their recreational facilities, community spirit, and the region’s natural beauty.
Nanaimo is located on the east side of Vancouver Island off the southwest coast of British Columbia. Vancouver Island is the largest North American island in the Pacific Ocean. The Vancouver Island/Coast region is the second most populous economic region in the province, accounting for 17.3% of the provincial population, covering 9.1% of the total provincial land mass. With a population base of 789,396 (2015) Vancouver Island varies from small rural communities to modern urban centres like Nanaimo. The island stretches approximately 500 km long and 200 km wide, with 3,440 km of spectacular coastline that ranges from rugged to sand swept. Total area for Vancouver Island region is 84,231.41 sq km. With a landmass of 32,261 km, Vancouver Island is comparable in size to the Netherlands.
Centrally located, The City of Nanaimo is the second largest urban centre on Vancouver Island. The City of Nanaimo covers 88.19 square kilometres within the Nanaimo Regional District. The Regional District stretches north to Bowser, south to Cedar and west to Errington, an area of 2041.32 square kilometers. The City of Nanaimo accounts for 4.3% of the total land area of the region, but is home to 58% the population and operates as the region’s economic and employment centre.
Nanaimo has a moderate climate, with over 1,800 hours of bright sunshine each year. During the summer months between June and September, the average daily high is 21°C (70°F) with the average daily low of about 10°C, and during the winter months daily temperatures normally remain above the freezing level. Environment Canada consistently recognizes Nanaimo as one of the mildest climate regions in the nation, for its above-zero temperatures through fall and winter, and comfortably warm weather in spring and summer.