Feb. 26, 2024

This Week...

Get ready for the 2024 Spring and Summer Activity Guide, Pink Shirt Day is coming up and check out Poetry in the Park. Read on for more!

Get Ready for Spring/Summer Registration

The 2024 Spring and Summer Activity Guide is available online for viewing beginning March 1 and registration opens on Wednesday, March 6 at 6 am.

There are three ways to register:

  1. Online at recreation.nanaimo.ca. Create your account in advance and have a valid credit card ready.
  2. In-person starting at 6 am on March 6 at Beban Park, Nanaimo Ice Centre, Bowen Park, Oliver Woods Community Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.
  3. By phone starting at 6 am by calling 250-756-5200.


Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 28 is Pink Shirt Day. This annual event aims to raise awareness around the effects of bullying in schools, workplaces, homes and online.

City of Nanaimo staff are invited to wear pink on Wednesday in support of Pink Shirt Day, and we hope to see a lot more pink shirts showing support in the community. Kindness counts!



Poetry in the Park

Your next walk through Bowen Park will be enriched thanks to a new exciting project with the City of Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate, Kamal Parmar! During your next nature walk through the park, look for lines of poetry with attached QR codes at five scenic locations. Scan the QR code with your smartphone to hear Kamal read her poetry within this beautiful and inspirational setting Want to enjoy the poetry at home? You can find it on the City’s Youtube channel.

Drop-in Pottery

Looking to get creative? The Bowen Park Pottery Studio has everything you need to create your own masterpiece! Children accompanied by adults, and teens who have taken prior classes and can work independently are welcome. Get a 22lb bag of clay for $35 including firing & glazing.

Drop-in cost is $12 per session. Harbour City Seniors Members discounted to $4.


2024 Culture Awards

Did you know? Brendan Tang, Culture Award recipient in 2022 for Excellence in Culture, was recently announced as a host for CBC’s ‘The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down’!

Save the date for our annual Culture Awards gala event, taking place at The Port Theatre on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Photo credit: Sean Fenzl


All Season Disc Golf

Have you played Disc Golf before? It's  like golf but, instead of a ball, you use flying discs. The object is to complete the course between the "tee" and the "hole" or chain basket in the fewest throws.

Play solo or with a group of friends. Learn more about this popular outdoor game located at Bowen Park.


Summer Staff

Parks, Rec & Culture is hiring Summer Staff! If you enjoy being outdoors, playing sports, leading games and crafts and are 15 years or older, consider applying as a Recreation Leader with Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Please send in your resume by March 8 to employment.opportunities@nanaimo.ca.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Here’s a list of up-to-date information on City construction projects. Make sure to plan your commute and, if possible, plan an alternate route. When approaching construction zones, please make sure to slow down and obey all signage and traffic personnel instructions:

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • Monday Feb 26, the eastbound right turn lane at the intersection of Northfield Rd and Boxwood Rd will be closed and coned off from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Construction has moved in the Black Diamond Drive neighbourhood. A 24 hour/day, road closure in both directions along Black Diamond Drive near the Crows Nest Place intersection will be in place for vehicular traffic. Drivers can access properties from either end of the road off Jingle Pot Drive. Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • 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.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while construction continues on this project. Visual distractions from the project and minor delays for commuters are to be expected. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Labieux Road, off the Labieux Rd/Kenworth Rd roundabout
    • East Wellington, Westwood Road to Bowen Road
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • Commercial Street between Victoria/Albert/Wallace and Terminal Avenue will be converted to one way exit traffic for approximately the next month.
  • Commercial Street at Terminal Avenue heading towards Museum Way will have rotating daily closures for signal installation.
  • Commercial Street South will be closed starting on Thursday February 15 for concrete preparation and tentatively opened again on March 1. Concrete is expected to start on February 20.
  • The sidewalk in front of Vancouver Island Convention Centre along Terminal Avenue will have rotating closures and pedestrian traffic will be provided with a detour onto Terminal.
  • 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.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets and Utility Upgrade project:

  • Landscaping work continues this week on Albert Street between Pine and Kennedy Streets.
  • Albert Street will be intermittently subject to one-way alternating traffic Monday to Friday between 7 am to 7 pm.

Victoria Road Temporary Closure

  • Victoria Road is closed between Rainer Street and Needham Street to investigate and repair some settlement in the roadway.
  • A temporary detour along Seventh Street to Park Avenue to Fifth Street will be in place for 3-4 weeks while repair work is completed.
  • Local traffic has access to Victoria Road from each end of the closure.

Sixth Street Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is ongoing on Sixth Street between Bruce Avenue and Park Avenue.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Weber Street & Bruce Avenue Area Utility Upgrades

  • Construction on Weber Street is ongoing between Howard Avenue and Bruce Avenue.
  • Tuesday, February 27 - Watermain tie-in on Weber Street, close to the intersection with Bruce Avenue. Traffic on Weber Street will be reduced to single-lane-alternating; both lanes on Bruce Avenue will be maintained with occasional disruptions to accommodate trucks turning.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.



Work With Us!

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

  • Planning Assistant
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Human Resources Advisor - Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Advisor - Recruitment
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Water/Wastewater Systems Operator-In-Training (Casual Opportunities)
  • 2024 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Seasonal Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Buyer
  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst (TFT)
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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

Meetings This Week

Monday, February 26: Regular Council Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 7 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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