The winter holiday season brings scores of people to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, for seasonal fun. Nanaimo, the holiday hub of Vancouver, is centrally located on the island and has a rich and colourful history, which is one of the main reasons it attracts so many tourists from around the globe.
Nanaimo’s greatest assets are its public outdoor spaces which are especially enjoyable during the winter season. With over 22 sport fields, 65 playgrounds, 100 kilometres of trails, and 588 hectares of city parks, Nanaimo has something to offer everyone. One of the favourite tourist destinations in the area is the skiing resort of Mt. Washington in the Comox Valley, not far from the seaside communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Your holiday in Canada will be unfinished if you leave without seeing the countryside. For example, the little town of Coombs is famous for its local country market and rooftop goats.
As the winters begin in September, Woodstream Park behind Departure Bay Beach attracts a lot of visitors to celebrate the return of the pink salmon to streams. You can enjoy stream walks around the park or participate in activities arranged for visitors throughout the pink-salmon week.
In mid November, over 80 vendors offer unique treasures at Nanaimo Christmas Market in Beban Social Centre. Products include local homemade licorice, jams and jellies, jewellery, photography, woodcarvings, soaps, and lotions. If you stick around long enough in Nanaimo, you can also celebrate New Years Eve in Beban Social Centre. New Years Eve in Nanaimo is a great family event, which involves live entertainment, skating, and swimming competitions.
If you are more of a city person, you will love the theatre shows in January, many of which are presented by the Nanaimo Theatre Group. After enjoying the Christmas festivities, join the locals in celebrating Annual Winter Wonderland at Frank Crane Arena, which starts at the end of December and lasts till the 1st January. Winter Wonderland is designed specifically for families to skate around the holiday decorations or sit back and enjoy the Winter Skate Carnival Ice Show.
After the holiday season is over, Nanaimo continues to offer exceptional activities for tourists as well as locals including family fun days, especially in February. Nanaimo winter holidays are certainly going to be one of the most memorable trips of your life so make the best of it.