October 23, 2023

This Week...

Prepare yourself for fall driving conditions, join us for an open house at Fire Station 1 and participate in some spooky fun. Read on for more!

Fall Driving Conditions

As part of Emergency Preparedness Month, we urge residents to be extra cautious with the weather changes. Please slow down and expect roads to be extremely slippery when wet. After a long stretch of dry conditions, the accumulated oil, dust and debris on the roads will create a slippery layer between vehicle tires and the wet asphalt. All users of our roads, including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should make sure to watch and be seen by other commuters.

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water or plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Printed roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares


Pop-Up Program: Fall Spooktacular

Join us for a "spooktacular" pop-up program on October 24 from 10 am-12 pm at the Buttertubs Marsh Miner's Cottage. We will have Halloween-themed crafts, a fall photo booth, cookie decorating and fall-themed games. This event is free!


Open House

The City of Nanaimo is hosting an Open House. Our community is committed to promoting fire safety and risk reduction. Join us at Fire Station 1 on October 26 from 2:30-4:30 pm to learn more about the latest fire prevention trends, safety measures and other important tips to help protect yourself and your family.


Halloween Howl Event at Beban Pool

Join us for a "spooky" Halloween Party in the Beban Park Pool on Sunday, October 29 from 9 am-noon! We will have a haunted slide tower, spooky music, large inflatables in the water, games and more.

Regular admission rates apply.


Lions FREE Skate

The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates.

Held Sundays at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. (On Clipper game days 11 am-12:30 pm December 3 & March 10).


GoByBike Weeks

It's the second (and last) week of Fall GoByBike! There are many events to take part in locally. Play Bike Tag and enter a draw to win some local bike shop swag. Remember to check out our celebration stations this week:

October 23, 4-6 p.m. - Parkway Trail at Tourism Nanaimo Centre
October 25, 4-6 p.m. - E&N at Giggleswick Place across from Brooks Landing
October 27, 4-6 p.m. - Rotary Field House


Bicycle Film Festival

Get ready for a pedal-powered extravaganza at the GoByBike Bicycle Film Festival on November 9, 2023 at the Malaspina Theatre (VIU). The festival presents an international short film program with award-winning and emerging new talent that features stories about:

  • The 1900-mile bicycle journey by Erick Cedeno (Bicycle Nomad) retracing the original route of the Buffalo Soldiers
  • 4X champion, Sonya Looney navigates life as a professional athlete and a pregnant athlete
  • The life of a New York City food delivery worker
  • Cycle sport as relief from genocide (Oscar-winning director)
  • A family gives up everything to be together in their motorhome, traveling from bike park to bike park across Europe with their mother
  • The story of 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker who hosts the first-ever Enduro race in the Navajo Nation, and honors their land, community, and culture through revitalizing trails
  • A bicycle takeover and one of the United State's largest, most anticipated street riding events on the bike life calendar attracting riders from the wheeling
  • How a gold medal in road cycling at the 1984 Olympics changed spandex forever

Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film, and music over the last 23 years. The BFF has spanned the world in 100 cities worldwide to an audience of one million people.


2024 Culture Awards Nominations are now open!

Nominations for our 2024 Culture Awards are now open! The awards recognize outstanding organizations, groups and individuals in arts and culture. This is the community's opportunity to recognize people and groups they believe have contributed significantly to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city. We have three categories: Excellence in Culture, Honour in Culture and Emerging Cultural Leader. Get your nominations in early!

Left photo: Joel Good, winner of the 2023 Excellence in Culture Award
Right photo: Margot Holmes, winner of the 2023 Honour in Culture Award
Photo credit: Sean Fenzl


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects:

  • East Wellington Road from Westwood Road to Madsen Road is closed to through traffic, use an alternate route over for the next month.
    • All businesses remain accessible, local traffic to Parker Marine/Xtend Rentals etc use the East Wellington overpass. Local traffic to BC Hydro/ UPS etc use Bowen Road with single lane alternating traffic accessible to/from East Wellington to Madsen Road south only with traffic control personnel assistance. North/south direction traffic through the intersection is not possible during this time, accessing Boxwood Road from East Wellington is not accessible, BC Ferries and surrounding businesses are accessible off Bowen Road from Dufferin Crescent/Boxwood Road. Speed limit is 30km/h, road closures are 24 hours per day.
    • East Wellington Road remains open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time. Cyclists are encouraged to dismount and walk. Watch for sidewalk closures and detours, communicate with traffic control personal onsite.
  • The Parkway Trail Parking Lot at Westwood Road and East Wellington Road is closed to the public. The Parkway Trail is still accessible.
  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street is closed to the public. This area is an active construction site for the installation of the water supply main. Construction traffic will enter and exit the work zone at Third Street across from the Rotary Field House.
  • Thank you for your patience!

Terminal Avenue

  • Kinetic Construction, on behalf of the Salvation Army, will be starting work on the corner of Esplanade and Nicol Street
  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street
  • Commercial Street, between Museum Way and Terminal Avenue will be closed to vehicles each day starting Tuesday October 10. Businesses will still be accessible during working hours by foot.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street is closed until the installation of the new signals, expected late this year
    • Pedestrians please use the crosswalks at Commercial Street and Esplanade for safe crossing
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction
  • Speed limit will be reduced as this will be an active construction zone
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons

Fifth/Bruce Intersection Upgrade

  • Full intersection closure to all vehicle traffic for two nights falling between October 22 to 27 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am for road paving (exact dates are weather dependent)
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Albert Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic between Pine and Kennedy Streets until November 1
  • Closure will be in effect 24 hours per day
  • Please use an alternate route to avoid delays
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons, who are there for your safety
  • Albert Street will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians during this time

Ross Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is continuing on Ross Road between Summit Road and Collishaw Road
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 am to 7 pm
  • Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. If that is not possible, expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area
  • Detours will be instituted where possible
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons



Work With Us!

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

  • Fleet Sustainability Coordinator - Permanent Full-Time
  • Buyer - Permanent Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist - Permanent Full-Time
  • Engineering Development Technician - Permanent Full-Time
  • Building Official - Permanent Full-Time
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-Time
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


A view from the Mayor's chair in the Shaw auditorium looking toward the audience

Meetings This Week

Monday, October 23: Governance and Priorities Committee in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 1 pm.

Thursday, October 26: Design Advisory Panel Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre Boardroom, starting at 5 pm.



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.


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