August 30, 2021

This week... 

Tell us what you think of "The Hub" - the proposed project at Terminal and Commercial, reduce blue bin confusion by using the What Goes Where tool and learn how you can participate in Phase 2 of REIMAGINE NANAIMO. Read on for more!

Message from Island Health

Dose 1 and 2 Walk-ins are Welcome

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, or if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose, get vaccinated at any community COVID-19 clinic in Island Health. No appointment necessary. Everyone aged 12+ (born 2009 or earlier) is welcome. Bring your personal health number and vaccine card from dose-1, and roll up your sleeve to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Vax Van Mobile Clinic

Island Health’s custom Vax Van is making it easier than ever to get vaccinated by visiting popular destinations across Vancouver Island. Get your first or second dose of vaccine without an appointment, right where you are! Second doses administered if it has been more than 28 days since your first dose.


What Goes Where

When in doubt, check it out! Some items require special handling and are recycled only through depot drop off. If you are not sure where an item should go, use the What Goes Where recycling directory to find the location nearest you.



Disc Golf Course Closure

Heads up disc golfers! A section of the Bowen Park disc golf course (Holes #1, #2 & #18) will be closed for approximately 6 weeks starting August 30th to allow for trailway upgrades to take place. The work will include new lighting and conduit installation followed by paving the new 4m wide multi-use trail. Thank you for your patience as we complete this challenging project!


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Public Space and Transit Improvements at Terminal & Commercial

The Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street intersection is the heart of our city and the gateway to downtown Nanaimo. Through the years, the community has emphasized the importance of creating a great space in this location that sets the tone for experiencing our downtown.

In connection with the ongoing Terminal Avenue Upgrades project, the City is considering options for public open space improvements and concepts for a downtown transit exchange. Improvements include new plaza and park spaces, improved cycle and pedestrian connections, and streetscape upgrades.

The City is seeking public feedback on concepts that explore ways to:

  • Create a welcoming and safe space that is a gateway for experiencing Nanaimo’s downtown, Victoria Crescent, the Old City Quarter, and all that Nanaimo has to offer
  • Support existing businesses by increasing accessibility and desirability in the area
  • Promote redevelopment along the Terminal Corridor to create a vibrant pedestrian experience
  • Link in strong walking and cycling networks
  • Provide a downtown “hub” for Nanaimo’s transit system

We are engaging with the local business community and the public throughout September 2021 to review and refine early design concepts. 


Westwood Lake Improvements

We want to hear from you on draft improvement ideas for the First Beach and Westwood Road entrance at Westwood Lake Park. Please review the improvement ideas and then take the survey.The survey closes on October 12, 2021.


Loudon Activity Centre & Boathouse

We are seeking your feedback on three options for a proposed Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park, a culmination of many years of effort by several different groups to improve amenities for activities in the park.



During Phase 1 of REIMAGINE NANAIMO, you shared ideas about how our community should evolve over the next 25 years.

Phase 2 is the exploratory part of our journey. It is where we bring together all we’ve learned so far, talk about ideas, and collectively test different choices. We're excited you're joining us!

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.
  • Road work and utility upgrades are underway on Lost Lake Road between Tanya Drive and Blue Jay Trail. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternative 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.
  • Tenth Street between Lawlor Rd and Junction Ave will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm from August 30 to September 18 to install a concrete box culvert. Expect minor delays.


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

Monday, August 30: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 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. 


City of Nanaimo's COVID-19 Response

On August 23, 2021, Premier Horgan announced that the province will not be moving to Stage 4 of BC's Restart Plan on September 7. As a result, the City of Nanaimo will continue operating Parks, Recreation and Culture programming and facility use under limited capacities as outlined in Step 3 of BC's Restart Plan.

In order to be compliant with the latest Public Health Orders issued by the Province of British Columbia, the City of Nanaimo will be implementing the following:

August 25, 2021:

  • Requiring that anybody inside recreation facilities wear a mask (exceptions for children under the age of 12 or those with a medical condition or disability).

As of September 12, 2021:

  • Requiring participants 12 years and older to present their vaccination card showing they have had at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine along with government issued photo ID (if applicable) before the start of any registered programs taking place indoors, including pre-registered drop-ins to pools, arenas, gymnasiums, weight rooms and the pottery studio.
  • Requiring any community group or business renting indoor City of Nanaimo facilities to verify that their participants are compliant with the Public Health Order (first dose of vaccine).

As of October 24, 2021:

  • Requiring participants 12 years and older to present their vaccination card showing they have had both of their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine along with government issued photo ID (if applicable) before the start of any registered programs taking place indoors, including pre-registered drop-ins to pools, arenas, gymnasiums, weight rooms and the pottery studio.
  • Requiring any community group or business renting City of Nanaimo indoor facilities to verify that their participants are fully vaccinated, meaning that they are in compliant with the Public Health Order (proof of vaccination).

The City of Nanaimo is in consultation with Island Health, British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), viaSport and other organizations to ensure that we continue to follow the Public Health Orders as intended and that we are consistent with other BC municipalities.

We will be posting updates on our social media channels and on our website as Public Health Orders are revised.

September 1-15, 2021:

  • Beban Park undergoing major electrical upgrade so Social Centre will not be open; Beban Pool lobby and program registration available.

We are in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan:

  • Fitness classes - all indoor fitness classes allowed to run with normal capacity.
  • Weight Rooms will gradually increase to normal capacity (pre-registration required for these).
  • Indoor spectators of 50 people or 50% capacity (whichever is greater) permitted.
  • Outdoor spectators of 5,000 or 50% capacity (whichever is great) permitted.
  • All pre-registered sessions (swimming, skating, gymnasium sports) have increased capacity (pre-registration required).
  • New Communicable Disease Guidelines in place.
  • Oliver Woods Community Centre, Bowen Complex and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre open to the public for registration, washrooms and water fountains.
  • Nanaimo Ice Centre will be staffed with cashiers for public sessions.
  • Hot tub, slides and saunas open at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.


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