Nanaimo, BC: a slice of paradise


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We love it here!

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When we look out of our living room window.

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Oh wow. That makes me so jealous! I think it's time to pack up my bus and do another "groot trek". It looks amazing.

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It looks so good and I do always love your photos. I've holidayed there, hiked and kayaked and loved it. So c'mon, what's the down side? Paradise always has at least one. Besides the rain of course, which to an ex-Kaapenaar is not a disadvantage.

Is it killer crabs, or bothersome bald eagles?

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Stefan, give me some time to think. I'll get back to you....say next week some time?

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Because Nanaimo is awesome enough for its own topic. :holy:

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If I could earn what I earn in Toronto then I would definitely consider that part of the world. Visually stunning and I'm sure it hasn't got the big city stress.

Consider yourselves double blessed. I'm ok with my single blessing ;-)

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It doesn't matter where you turn. It remains beautiful.

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One can see the the most interesting things when you look outside. These are logs on their way to the sawmill.

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Love these photos. Maybe my long term plans will have to change. I've lived in the middle and on the East coast, maybe I should try the West for a bit. Haha, let's see what hubby says.

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Hey! That is one of Canada's submarines. They are based in one of the harbours on Vancouver Island.

Newcomers to Canada recently commented on how different the news broadcasts are over here. This gal was the main news topic for a few days until her successful capture. Everyone was told to be on the lookout for Lucy.

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Nanaimo's harbour. The Maffeo Sutton Park at the harbour is a favourite venue for open air concerts. Our symphony orchestra performed there last week.

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Absolutely amazing pictures!! WOW! :ilikeit:

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Such a stunning place! :ilikeit:

Just as well the rule of "settle where you can find a job" is what we are "forced" to accept!

I honestly would not be able to pick where to stay... seems it's stunning everywhere! lol :blush:

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I honestly would not be able to pick where to stay... seems it's stunning everywhere!

So true Raquel. I thought South Africa was the most beautiful country in the world. Then I came to Canada. I still love South Africa, but I now know that the world is full of awesome places.

That said, Charlene started off in Hudson's Hope, which is in the far north of BC. Winters were l-o-o-ng and pretty harsh. Then she moved to Port McNeill on Vancouver Island where we eventually joined her. Beautiful! rain forests, the quaint Malcolm Island nearby, awesome scenery. But it is fairly isolated. It rains a lot more than in Vancouver or Nanaimo, and temperatures are on the cool side throughout the year.

We moved to Nanaimo after we were in Port McNeill for a year. For someone who "retired" to Sedgefield, it felt like a second homecoming. We even have a little bit of the famed "Outeniqua Roes" in Nanaimo. It's as if everybody is just a little bit more friendly here. Nanaimo has everything a big city has to offer, except those long commutes and congested traffic. It's a shopping mecca. We have the Vancouver Island university, the Port theatre.

Brennan lake, Longwood lake, Westwood lake are just some of the lakes within the city. Bits of wilderness are always within walking distance. We have wonderful beaches.

There's the large Aqua Centre with swimming pools, including a wave pool and hot tub.

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Then we have the Ice Centre.

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I truly love it here and very much doubt if we would ever have been happier elsewhere.

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Cathy - you have convinced me - We will have to visit Nanaimo!! :ilikeit:

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A wee bit of forewarning and I'll have melktert to go with it. :ilikeit:

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