Nov. 14, 2022

This Week...

The Winter Activity Guide comes online this week, Nanaimo's named host city for the 2025 55+ BC Games and learn about our water supply and treatment. Read on for more!

The winter activity guide will be online Nov 18 for viewing, registration begins Nov 23

Winter Activity Guide

As of Friday, Nov. 18 you'll be able to review the Winter Activity Guide online. 

Flip through the pages filled with courses in art, music, cooking, dance, fitness and much more. Write down the course codes and log into your online account to make sure you're ready for registration to begin at 6 am on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 

Please note the changes to swimming lessons, a new chart is provided to figure out which lessons your child should proceed with. 


Nanaimo to host 55+ BC Games in 2025

55+ BC Games

The City of Nanaimo is pleased to announce that Nanaimo has been selected as the host city for the 55+ BC Games in 2025. 

The event will be hosted over a five day period, Sept. 9-13 and will include opening and closing ceremonies, a social dance and up to 30 different sport competitions throughout the city. Athletes from across BC will compete in activities ranging from swimming to slo-pitch, which showcase many of the outstanding sporting facilities Nanaimo is known for.


Programs for adults 60+

Harbour City Seniors

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is hosting an Open House to showcase the many programs offered for adults 60+.  A Nanaimo Harbour City Membership is only $45 for the year and allows you to register for any of the programs for FREE or at a lower cost. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 pm at the Bowen Complex.



Did you know? There is something called a Leisure Economic Access Pass (LEAP) available to support families in financial need. LEAP can be used for 50 free admissions per year, per person for drop-in swimming, skating, weight rooms and drop-in gym programs. It also includes 50% off registered programs (max up to $40) for all family members up to four times per year, per person. Families who qualify can apply online.


lets strive for greener giving with as little packaging as possible.

Give greener!

This year choose to gift an experience or an item with as little packaging as possible. Shop local and make, bake or create gifts. Think edible, digital and reusable. Use recyclable wrapping and avoid plastic bows and ribbon. Let's make memories, not waste. Give a gift that keeps on giving - both to friends and family and back to the planet.


Water Supply & Treatment

As you know, the City is currently working on The Midtown Water Supply Project that will construct two large water pipelines, replacing the aging and undersized current infrastructure that transmits potable drinking water to the central and northern areas of the City. The drone video footage above gives you a glimpse at the size and location of the current work being done. 

But do you know where our water source comes from? It flows through mountain rivers, streams and creeks into the South Fork of the Nanaimo River and is stored in two large lakes, Jump Lake and South Fork Lake. The water is transported through a complex network of dams, supply pipelines, the South Forks Water Treatment Plant and pump stations. We encourage you to learn more about the supply and treatment of your drinking water! 


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Along the Nanaimo Parkway, between East Wellington Road and Northfield Road, construction crews continue to break rock and pipe fusing begins for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Commuters should expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road in relation to this project. Commuters should expect merging construction traffic entering the Nanaimo Parkway south of Northfield Road.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Access to the Stevie Smith Bike Park and Community Gardens is off Bowen Road past the tennis courts and golf course. All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities are open. In an effort to protect the public and provide a safe working area, certain areas of the park are fenced off and restricted for all non-construction personnel.
  • Labieux Road between Beban Parkway and Kenworth Road will be closed in both directions for the Midtown Water Supply Project. The road closure will be in place for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access is available for local traffic and emergency vehicles only. Other commuters should plan an alternate route. A detour will be in place and the closure will remain in effect until mid-January.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect some delays when navigating through the area. All businesses remain open and accessible. Workers will be installing streetlights, planting trees, and finishing off the finer details. The end is near!
  • Emerald Drive (from Uplands to Ross Rd) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrade. Access will be limited to residents, buses and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.


Work With Us!

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

  • Police Records Clerk
  • Manager, Human Resources
  • Casual Clerical - Parks, Recreation & Culture
  • Director, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Municipal Services Inspector
  • Lifeguard/Instructor - Permanent Part-Time
  • Planning Assistant
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 9 am.

Did you know?

If you are not able to attend or tune in live, you can always review decisions made at each Council meeting simply by reading the Council Meeting Summaries. These summaries are typically posted the day after each meeting.


Mayor and Council

The City's new Mayor and Council were welcomed and sworn-in during an inaugural ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7.

Councillors are elected for four-year terms and each member of Council represents the City at large. The Community Charter gives Council the authority to set budgets, levy taxes and establish policies to guide the growth, development and operation of the City for the benefit and protection of its residents.


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