January 11, 2021

This week... 

Swimming lessons resume at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, download a Bowen Park inspired colouring page and residents are reminded about current construction along Metral Drive.

Read on for more!

The New Normal Continues

Corporate Services

Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. 

Parks, Recreation & Culture

Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols. Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and please stay home if not feeling 100% well.

Masks Mandatory

In all public spaces at all City facilities, masks are mandatory.



Message from Island Health

Information is changing rapidly, we want to help you stay on top of the correct information relating to COVID-19. Please refer to the credible sources listed below.


Pickleball & Badminton

Drop-in Singles Pickleball and Singles Badminton are on starting this week at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Single play only with a maximum of 8 players per session. Players will stay on one court per day and are only permitted to register for one of each session per day. No switching opponents during the same time slot. 


Swimming Lessons 

Swimming lessons at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre are starting again this week. You can review the lesson schedule, along with other programs resuming in the 2021 Winter Activity Guide. There are still a few spaces available. Register today!


Rotary Bowl 

The Rotary Bowl accessible track is lit until 8 pm, 7 days per week.

​Just a reminder, the standard direction is counter clockwise. Always look before changing lanes or crossing the track to avoid collisions. Lanes 1 to 4 are for training athletes who are doing timed or measured workouts. Lanes 5 to 8 are for all other walkers and runners. Strollers and wheelchairs please use lanes 7 and 8.

​Dogs, skateboards, roller blades and bicycles are not permitted. 

Bowen Park Colouring Page

Bowen Park Creatures! A set of colouring pages by Sean Anderson is available for download

Local artist Sean Anderson made this series of ‘seek & find’ colouring pages inspired by the life in the park. Sean’s artwork is inspired predominantly by the natural world.



2021 Curbside Collection Schedule

For improved service, we've updated and added some new routes to the curbside collection service. Route transitions are taking place mid-January, so please note the collection days shown on your 2021 curbside collection schedule. Stay connected through the Nanaimo Recycles app and remember to have your carts out for collection by 8am. 

Will Your Commute be Affected?

Stay informed on the City's Current Construction Projects page. Staff provide up-to-date information on City construction projects. 

  • Metral Drive (Turner to Mostar) is limited to residents and business traffic only. The road is closed to through traffic and on-street parking has been removed in front of Pacific Station until the roadworks have been completed. 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.



Upcoming Meetings

Thursday January 14: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5 pm

Monday, January 18: Regular Council Meeting at 4:30 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 a Special Council meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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