Nanaimo is the second largest urban centre on Vancouver Island. The climate is moderate with over 1800 hours of bright sun-shine each year. During summer, the average daily high is 25 C () and during the winter months daily temperatures normally remain above freezing.
Nanaimo boasts over 200 parks, 4 public beaches, 20 picnic areas, 3 pools, 4 indoor ice rinks and 3 golf courses. Residents can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront sea wall, or a vigorous hike up Mount Benson. Nanaimo is a city with amazing community appeal hosting yearly celebration and local events.
Nanaimo offers a quality of life that attracts new residents drawn by the relaxed Island attitude, friendly people and lower housing costs. The city offers a variety of cultural, recreational, University education, health and social services which make it the urban centre for the central and north island.