August 23, 2021

This week...

Do not miss live music in the park, pick up & submit your REIMAGINE NANAIMO art kits and apply for the 2022 Arts and Culture grants now. Read on for more!

Get Vaccinated

Message from Island Health

In case you missed it: Second dose COVID-19 vaccines are available 28 days after your first dose! For maximum convenience, anyone in need of vaccination can simply find a nearby clinic and walk in without an appointment for their first or second dose. Appointments are also readily available for people who prefer that option, and expert immunizers are ready and willing to support anyone who needs extra time or accommodation during their appointment. Bring your personal health number and vaccine card from dose 1 if you have it. 



Check out the latest StoryWalkยฎ at Mansfield Park August 20 - September 7 and read/walk "I Am Too Absolutely Small for School" by author Lauren Child.

This event is in partnership with PacificCare. They will be doing random visits to give away family resource prizes. When you are done with the story, scan the QR code on the instruction board to be entered into a draw for Parks, Recreation and Culture gift cards.


Live Music in the Park

Bring a blanket or chair and join us, rain or shine August 24, for this FREE live music event! Theo Massop plays 6-7pm at Colliery Dam Park.

Theo draws from the styles of acts such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. He shakes up this musical approach with flavours of reggae, blues, folk, country and straight ahead rock, all performed without pretension and from the heart.


Get Vaccinated

2022 Culture Grants

Grants will support cultural activities in Nanaimo and are are available in three streams: Culture & Heritage Operating Grants, Culture & Heritage Project Grants and Downtown Event Revitalization Funding.

NEW this year, you can download and submit your application in person or complete the process online. Application deadline is October 19, 2021. 

To help you navigate your application, members of our team are providing grant information sessions and will be ready to provide one-on-one advice and answer your questions. New applicants are encouraged to attend! Sessions are being held Thursday, September 16, 6:00 โ€“ 7:30 pm and Friday, September 17, 6:00 โ€“ 7:30 pm. To register for a grant information session email

If you want a little extra guidance applying for Cultural Funding you can book a one-on-one appointment with the Culture & Events team. To register for a 45 minute time slot on Monday, September 20 between 8:00 am โ€“ 6 pm or Tuesday, September 21 between 8:00 am โ€“ 6 pm, email us at



Feedback Form

Are you interested in Nanaimo's future? Share your feedback on the draft framework, goals and indicators for the next 25+ years. Complete the survey and enter the draw for one of ten $50 gift cards to a Nanaimo eatery of your choice!



Art Kits

Have artists in your household completed Reimagine Nanaimo art kits yet? To be entered in a prize draw and have your work displayed around town, please get your submissions in before August 31. Drop them off at a community centre (Beban Park, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Service and Resource Centre or Oliver Woods) or email the images to


Prepare for Wildfire

We are facing one of the driest and most active wildfire seasons on record. Taking action to FireSmart your property will dramatically decrease the risk of wildfire damaging your home. Nanaimo is currently in an extreme risk area. Here are some tips, in no particular order:

๐Ÿ  Clean under your deck to remove any combustible material. Establish a 1.5 meter non-combustible zone around the perimeter of your house/deck. 

๐Ÿ  Clean and maintain gutters and roofs. Keep decks and balconies clear of leaves and debris.

๐Ÿ  Keep grass and weeds cut below 10 centimeters.

๐Ÿ  Have a wildfire evacuation plan.

๐Ÿ  Hold sheds and other structures to the same standards of your home.

๐Ÿ  Relocate propane tanks 10-30 meters from your home.

๐Ÿ  Prune trees to create a two-meter clearance from the ground to the lowest branches.

๐Ÿ  Add non-combustible 3 millimeter screens to external vents (except dryer vents).

๐Ÿ  Reduce the flammability of your landscaping and plant wildfire resistant vegetation.

๐Ÿ  Download the FireSmart home assessment and self-assess your home and property.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area. All businesses remain open and accessible, but commuters are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.
  • To accommodate development and maintain site safety, Rock City Road will be closed from Ocean Pearl Terrace to Barrington Road to through traffic for 24 hours. Local traffic should expect delays and plan their trips accordingly.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Estevan Road between Poplar Street and Drake Street. During construction hours from Monday to Thursdays this road will be closed to traffic with the exception of buses and local residents. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.


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