Stretched like a long lean finger along the east coast of south-central Vancouver Island, British Columbia's sixth largest city gets it's identity, history and a wealth of recreation from an island sheltered harbor right in the heart of town. Hiking, boating, kayaking,and world class scuba diving and snorkeling are everyday activities at the bustling waterfront, as seaplanes take flight from sparkling blue waters. Today Nanaimo (population 85,000) is a fast growing urban centre that is no longer only the premier gateway to Vancouver Island. A boldly revitalized downtown core, delightful harborfront walkway, gorgeous new museum and Port Theatre, Vancouver Island University,  affordable art galleries, and a wealth of cool shopping and dining alternatives await our new residents.