City of Nanaimo
Population 83,810 Nanaimo is a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Also known as the “Harbour City" or"Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island and due to the layout of the down town streets which form a “hub” pattern.
Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 110 km Northwest of Victoria, and 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, Nanaimo is linked to Vancouver via the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal in West Vancouver. It costs $15 per person to and from the main land and $50 with a vehicle. The crossing takes approximately and hour an a half and leaves every 2 hours starting from 6am with a last boat laving at midnight.
Nanaimo also has 3 small airports reaching out to Vancouver as well as other local areas.
Nanaimo began as a trading post in 1849. By 1869 coal was discovered and it became a mining town. Over the years the mining company brought in Chinese strike breakers, the lure was great especially during the winter months when cold weather in the Province’s interior discouraged gold mining. which lead to the development of massive communities. Naniamo has seen three massive china towns since its founding and still maintains a strong presence even today.
The Economy of this city today centres mainly around retail and tourism . While the pulp mill which is owned by the employees and local investors injects well over half a million dollars a day into the local economy. However a recent surge of higher-density real estate development, centred in the Old City/Down town area is bring in the rich and elite.