June 20, 2022

This week... 

Participate in National Indigenous Day, visit the Design Commercial booth at the night market and learn more about Bicycle Valet. Read on for more!

National Indigenous Day 

The month of June is Indigenous History Month, honouring the outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and we encourage you to visit the Nanaimo Museum's traveling exhibit of Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist, go through the Snuneymuxw First Nations people exhibit and bring the kids for the matching Hul'q'umi'num' animal names game. The community is also invited to a celebration from 5-8 pm at Maffeo Sutton Park, hosted by the Mid-Island Metis Nation. 


Downtown Nanaimo Designs

Have you seen the proposed designs for Design Commercial? If you have, you'll know that they include piano keys at Diana Krall Plaza. If you haven't seen the designs, visit our City of Nanaimo booth at the Nanaimo Night Market this Thursday, June 23 from 5-9 pm. Come play with this piano mat on site and have your kids enter a colouring contest to win a piano mat to take home! 


Summer Camps

You can design your own summer camp schedule, with many adventures available Monday to Friday at various locations across the city. Our camp leaders will ensure your child's experience is a memorable one. Flip to page 24 of the Summer Activity Guide to view the City led camps and partnership camps & programs.


Discover Buttertubs Marsh

Everyone is invited to tour and learn about Buttertubs Marsh Conversation area this summer. The area is rich in history, flora and fauna. All tours are FREE and start from the Miner's Cottage. Learn about the aquatic life, insects and plants as well as birds. Flip to page 38 of the Summer Activity Guide for details! 


Get Vaccinated

Drive. Park. Sell! 

What do you get when you bring together people who want to pass quality items forward with others who want to find some good, gently used bargains? You get an event that puts reuse above buying new, that saves usable goods from ending up in the landfill and that is ultimately great for the environment! Nanaimo's Trunk Sale is returning on Saturday, July 16 (9am-2pm), and there are still spaces left for vendors. Mark your calendars and sign up as a vendor today!


Playground Program 

Drop in to one of the neighbourhood playgrounds this summer and take part in FREE family fun.

  • Mon-Fri,10 am - 3:30 pm at Harewood Centennial Park & Mansfield Park
  • Mon & Tues, 10 am - 3:30 pm and Wed 1:30 - 7 pm at Country Hills Park & Linley Valley Gyro Park
  • Thurs & Fri, 10 am - 3:30 pm at Hawthorne Park & Groveland Park


Lifeguards at Westwood

Lifeguards at Westwood Lake will be returning to the beach starting July 1! They will be there 11:30 am - 5:30 pm until September 5.

Just a friendly reminder that dogs are not permitted on Nanaimo's beaches throughout the summer, unless it's in one of the designated dog off-leash parks. 


Bicycle Valet

This summer a new service, the Bicycle Valet, will be offered at various events! Starting with Canada Day festivities at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 1, 2022. Save gas, reduce the stress of finding a parking spot and work off the Canada Day cake by riding your bike to the event. Check your bike into the Bicycle Valet, just like a coat check, and they will keep it safe while you enjoy the entertainment and activities throughout the day. All bikes are accepted including tandem bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes and event strollers! When you're ready to go home, bring back the ticket stub and off you go!

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Fourth Street is open, however it is still an active construction site, final construction and restoration works will be completed over the following weeks. Pedestrians please use caution (or an alternate route) as sidewalks are not yet finished. Drivers should expect single lane alternating traffic at times, and obey all traffic control signage and persons.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect delays when navigating through the area, particularly north of Enterprise. The sensing induction loops at Enterprise are disconnected, so queuing will occur during peak hours until the intersection is complete and the signals are fully functioning again. All businesses remain open and accessible; however, some driveway accesses may be affected temporarily, so please utilize alternate accesses whenever possible.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Holland Road between Jingle Pot Road and Ashlee Road. Access to buses and local traffic only. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Cottleview Drive and Hillside Avenue between Caldwell Street and Pacific Edge Way. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Starting on June 15, Park Avenue between Fifth Street and Seventh Street will be closed in both directions for a sanitary sewer upgrade. 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. A detour will be in place using Bruce Avenue and the closure will remain in effect until the sewer upgrade project is completed in September.


Work With Us!

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

  • Community Safety Officer (12) 
  • 2022 General Municipal Election Workers
  • Equipment Operator, Asphalt (2)
  • Planner - Temporary full-time
  • Exhibit & Property Clerk
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer Temporary full-time
  • Buyer - Temporary full-time
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Planning Assistant
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary full-time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, June 20: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 22: Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness at 4:00 pm

Wednesday June 22: Public Hearing at 7:00 pm

Did you know? 

Tune in Monday for the Design Commercial Concept and Implementation Plan presentation which includes a video showcasing what downtown could look like. The design is based on community feedback during the engagement process! 

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.


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