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Vancouver Island has been voted the best island to visit in North America five years running by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast magazine.
With its comfortable climate, beautiful natural surroundings, affordable housing, strong labour market, exceptional recreational opportunities and relaxed lifestyle, Nanaimo is emerging as the favored place to "live, work and play" on Vancouver Island.
Many young families are moving here to Nanaimo for homes, properties & real estate, looking at self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. The City boasts an excellent school system and expanding facilities at Malaspina-University College.
More people means more demand for local products and services. In recent years, Nanaimo's economy has moved from a base largely dependent on the forestry sector to a diversified base including retail and wholesale trade, construction, manufacturing, knowledge-based and technology companies, and government services. Enterprising entrepreneurs have created hundreds of new businesses to take advantage of new markets. More products and services means more variety and strengthening of Nanaimo's role as a regional service centre for much of Vancouver Island.
Nanaimo is well connected with transportation and communication links to the mainland and international markets. The area is serviced by two ferry terminals to Vancouver, a regional airport, a seaplane terminal with regular service to downtown Vancouver, and a thriving port facility operated by the Nanaimo Port Authority. The area has a high-speed voice and data connectivity with the latest in communications technology.
Growth has formed the foundations for a balanced economy. It has also provided the means for Nanaimo to focus on other important local changes. A revitalized Nanaimo downtown core and the completion of an 800 - seat performing arts complex are bringing new cultural opportunities to the city's residents. Investment in the Harbourside Walkway means everyone has access to our beautiful waterfront - to walk, shop or simply have a cappucino.