May 3, 2021

This week... 

We welcome a new sign in Maffeo Sutton Park, learn how to pack an emergency kit, celebrate youth and register for summer programs. Read on for much more!


Message from Island Health

As of April 29, there were 264 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region. There were 61% in the South Island, 31% in the Central Island and 9% in the North Island. The overwhelming majority of those new cases are confirmed to be variants of concern, which transmit more easily between individuals.

  • if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick, stay home, self-isolate and call 1-844-901-8442 (8:30 am โ€“ 8:00 pm daily) to book a test. If you are uncertain if you need a test, visit or review the symptoms on Island Healthโ€™s website.
  • Everyone age 18+ in B.C. can now register online or by phone: 1-833-838-2323.


Around The City

New Landmark Attraction

Nanaimo citizens visiting the Swayโ€™ Aโ€™ Lana Lagoon area can now enjoy breathtaking waterfront views next to a new landmark attraction sign that spells out the City's name. The letters are 5 feet high and about 35 feet long. The colourful "O" can mean different things to different people. For some it represents the diversity of the 100,000+ voices who have shaped and continue to shape our spectacular City. For others it represents an inclusive Nanaimo, full of opportunity for generations to come. Learn more about a number of public realm improvements and environmental beautification projects. 


City Remembers Miners 

Flags at City of Nanaimo facilities will be lowered to half mast today Monday, May 3 to mark the anniversary of the coal mining disaster of 1887 that took 150 lives.

The explosions of the No.1 Esplanade Mine are known as the worst mining disaster in BC's history. 


Walk Through Time

Take a self-guided heritage walk (bike or drive) through time. Brochures are available at City facilities or online in PDF format.

Choose tours from Downtown, Harewood, Newcastle, South End, Nob Hill/Chinatown, Old City, Downtown Bike and Cemeteries - Burial Areas & Memorial Sites.


Get Ready for Summer!

Your Summer Activity Guide is now available to view! Check it out, there are a variety of summer programs for the kids (including daycamps) but there is also a mix of adult programs too! Start your summer planning today. ๐Ÿ‰ Registration begins May 5.


Golden Bucket is Back!

Adventurous residents are encouraged to "Search for the Golden Bucket Sticker". A weekly clue will guide players to a park to search. Once found and scanned, the QR code is linked to a question about that park.

Answer the question and submit for a chance to win weekly prizes and the chance to win the grand prize of a kayak tour for up to 5 people courtesy of Coastal Expression Adventure Centre - valued at $300!

Clues will be posted each Wednesday May 5 - July 28 on the City's website, Facebook page, Twitter and Nanaimo Parks & Recreation Instagram. 


Invasive Plant Month

May is invasive plant month and residents are invited to participate in a variety of work parties and invasive plant drop zones.

Invasive plants have the potential to negatively impact local ecosystems. Plants, such as English Ivy, Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, are well established in Nanaimo. The work parties will focus on the removal of Broom, Daphne and Ivy at Pipers Lagoon Park, Neck Point Park, Linley Gyro Park, Lotus Pinatus Park, Sugarloaf Mountain and Bowen Park.

Also, residents who remove invasive plants from their own property can bring them to the two drop zones for safe disposal.


Youth Week

Join us as we celebrate Youth Week in Nanaimo held May 1-7. Various activities are being offered throughout the City, including fun fitness, a video and board game cafe, skating, dodgeball and a Sugarloaf Mountain hike! You can check out the YOUth Nanaimo Facebook page for more information on this year's events. Please pre-register online or by calling 250-756-5200.


Emergency Preparedness Week

May 2-8, the City of Nanaimo encourages residents to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Experience has shown that individual preparedness can help people cope better - both during and after a disaster. Ideas include making a kit, drafting up a plan and signing up for the City's Voyent Alert! Emergency Notification System.


2021 Culture & Heritage Award Recipients

Last week, Mayor Krog delivered awards to honorees. This group is recognized for demonstrating vision, passion, creativity and leadership in their respective fields. Congratulation to the 2021 Culture & Heritage award recipients:

  • Excellence in Culture Award to Ay Lelum โ€“ The Good House of Design
  • Emerging Cultural Leader Award to Eliot White-Hill
  • Honour in Culture Award to Marianne Turley
  • Honour in Culture Award to Christine Whitelaw

Chief Mike Wyse of Snuneymuxw First Nation also joined to honour Eliot, and Aunalee & Sophia of Ay LelumBronwyn Arundel was commissioned to design and produce special pots to gift to the recipients. Over the coming days, a commissioned video will be released celebrating the achievements of each honoree. Watch for this video on the City of Nanaimo Facebook and Culture Nanaimo Instagram.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Please remember access is limited on Metral Drive from Turner Road to Mostar Road for residents and business traffic only. Metral Drive is closed to through traffic. As an active construction site with large machinery working and deep utility trenches, road closures may occur and delays are to be expected. Please drive slowly and respect signage.
  • To accommodate development and maintain site safety, Rock City Road will be closed from Ocean Pearl Terrace to Barrington Road to through traffic 24 hours. Local traffic should expect delays and plan their trips accordingly.
  • Victoria Road is paved and the contractor will be finishing some last concrete works before demobilizing from the site.
  • Sanitary sewer upgrades on Stewart Avenue between Cypress Street and St. 
  • Construction continues on the Front Street Complete Street project. Asphalt grinding will be taking place. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should watch for uneven surfaces. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible. All businesses and parkades remain open and accessible.


Work With Us!

We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions:


Council & Committees

Meetings This Week

Mon, May 3: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Mon, May 10: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm 

Did you know?

You can watch live meetings, view a list of upcoming meetings, read agendas and watch recordings of past meetings all in one place on the City website.


Council in Action

Missed what decisions Council made during one of their meetings? Donโ€™t worry, we have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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City of Nanaimo's COVID-19 Response

  • Masks Mandatory in all public spaces at all City facilities.
  • Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.
  • Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Outdoor amenities remain open, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing & please stay home if not feeling 100% well.