Island living offers many wonderful facets of life to enjoy for those who live here and for those who visit.  We are blessed with the bluest ocean, the most beautiful mountains and rolling lush forests that sometimes seem to go on forever.  Many communities dot the highway that leads north from Victoria, some of them small towns, some of them large cities.  Today we are going to visit the beautiful city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Nanaimo Waterfront - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Waterfront – Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo is a port city roughly at the half-way mark north to south on Vancouver Island.  It was an important destination that originally supported the settling and colonization of Vancouver Island due to its proximity to the ocean and it’s centrally located position.  Today it is certainly one of our largest cities on the island.

One day in mid-summer, Mrs. Toad and I made the journey northward to visit.  The day was hot and humid, and enjoying the sights and sounds ocean-side was a wonderful reprieve to the relentless heat that was baking the city.  As we walked the promenade by the harbor area, we came across this scene.  It was late in the afternoon, and the sun was setting behind the hillsides to the east.  The rich and vibrant colors of the blue ocean as well as the plane and other elements of interest converged to make this a great picture to capture and share.  One that really expresses the true essence of the city itself.

Nanaimo Waterfront - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Waterfront – Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nanaimo is a city in transition and is a city full of great diversity.  In this picture we see several points of interest, including the main promenade walkway, a modern condo/apartment building in the background and our main subject in this shot; that old weathered building.  This building has obviously gone through several transformations over the years, undoubtedly to serve the tenants who operated their businesses here.  Great textures in some of the weathering, as well as the raw wood slats on the side, really came to life in this photograph.  For me, though, I think the thing I love most about this scene is the old-fashioned glass in the building.  Those windows look out over the harbor scene photographed in the first picture in this blog post, presenting a view to those inside that must just be breathtaking.

We see more and more of this sort of dichotomy around the island as we go about our adventures.  This eclectic mix of old and new, of fresh and weathered, of prosperity and poverty really seems to be a modern element of the times, and probably more specifically the economic climate of late.  We can only hope that someone who cares comes along and manages to find a way to save this building from further neglect and wear.  But, these are tough times and we certainly appreciate the challenges that come with concepts like this.

Regardless, the old city of Nanaimo is a wonderful destination if you find your way to Vancouver Island one day, one that is well worth the time to visit.  There are many old heritage buildings in the downtown hub just full of character.  The people are happy, there is always some form of entertainment easily found, and the city is full of great restaurants.  Come and visit, you won’t regret it!

We have a few more shots to share in coming posts from Nanaimo, so please stay tuned for those.  In the meantime, we really do appreciate your kind visit today and would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!




  1. avatar Perry Bailey says:

    Beautiful shots, as always Toad!

  2. avatar Edith Levy says:

    I really have to make my way over their for a visit real soon. Awesome shots Toad. The first image is brilliant.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      If ever you were to come, Edith, you’d have made our entire year… we would be well beyond delighted to have a chance to meet in person! Thank you once again, my dear friend, for all your support here, it really means an awful lot to us!

  3. avatar dragonflydreams88 says:

    . . . my kinda town ;^)

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      🙂 It’s rather lovely, isn’t it?? Thank you SO much for your kind visit today, we really do appreciate it so much!

  4. avatar Rob says:

    This looks like a vacation destination.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You cannot go wrong with Vancouver Island in that regard, my friend! Indeed, there are many cities and towns on the island here that each have their own flavor, and Nanaimo is certainly in that category. It’s a wonderful city, if you get a chance pop on up! Thank you so much for your kind visit, Rob, we really appreciate that here today!

  5. avatar Erin Duke says:

    Stellar shots and wonderful write-up. Looks like a wonderful place to visit–and live!!

  6. Very scenic and very blue, love that first shot

  7. avatar ehpem says:

    These are very nice shots of Nanaimo. They have done a great job of the waterfront causeway – such a change from the industrial mills and dangerous no-go zones of a few decades ago.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Totally agreed with you on that one, my friend! Thank you so much for your kind visit here today, we really do appreciate it!

  8. Looks like a wonderful place to visit and photograph. Thanks for sharing.

  9. avatar Michael says:

    Nanaimo looks and sounds a great place to visit and live. The photos are great. I think if I visited I would have to seriously consider flying in and tie my plane up to the wharf.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks, Michael, we really appreciate your support here today! Let us know when you’re inbound, and we’ll clear the harbor for your pending arrival!

  10. Looks like a cool place to visit. I like the “blueness” of that first shot. You definitely live in a very beautiful place Toad!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks, Michael, we always appreciate your kind support here at The Hollow! Many thanks for popping by today!