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Nanaimo Excursion

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All photos taken July 22, 2021, during our visit to Nanaimo.

We took this day to travel to Nanaimo, so sister M could visit her daughter and grandson. The visits were spread out a bit during the day, so we had plenty of time to wander around the seawall and through Maffeo Sutton Park. We found a parking spot in the park, paid for 6 hours of parking and only explored as far as our feet would carry us.

Nanaimo is a city on the East coast of Vancouver Island, with a population of around 105,000 in the metro area. The name Nanaimo is an anglicized pronunciation of the name of the indigenous peoples of the area, the Snuneymuxw.

Source: Wikipedia

Nanaimo’s claim to fame is the invention of the tasty and delicious no bake Nanaimo bar dessert. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar My Patty makes a great version of these at Christmas and other times.

The day was hot and sunny, so we tried to stay in the shade, as much as possible. It was pleasant being in a waterfront park again.

Nanaimo’s photo op
My fashion plate wife is rockin’ her Covid mask look
Bridge joining the park to the seawall
Sayshutsun-Newcastle Island (left) – an island marine park and Protection Island (right) – a residential island are joined by a land bridge at low tide
Waterfront shopping and marinas in Nanaimo

Flowers and greenery were everywhere….

…as were all manner of watercraft and seaplanes taking off and landing.

We did walk downtown for lunch and our first family meetup…

…before walking back to enjoy ice cream cones in the shade. The reflections in the midday sun were stunning.

We paused to look at the clouds and greenery before our next meetup.

Just as our parking permit permit expired, it was time to drive back to Victoria and our hotel. Our lunch had been so large, we felt no need for any further serious food, but wine and Agent Orange (Hawkins Cheezies) were both on the pre-bedtime menu. A stressful, but informative day.

What places have you travelled recently to visit with family?

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

23 thoughts on “Nanaimo Excursion

  1. Nanaimo looks like a beautiful place to visit! True story, I was about 7 years old when my Mum’s long-time friend in Ottawa sent us a Nanaimo bar recipe! Every year without fail, it’s part of Christmas! Even when I was in the hospital during Christmas season, we still made it!

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      1. Well, I didn’t make them last Christmas. Our kitchen is too small for baking, and so far, I haven’t found a place to get them in Calgary

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    1. Absolutely John. Just to get out and see a different place is uplifting. That was the first time we saw the land bridge, so I think many would not know it was there if they did not come at low tide. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  2. Fantastic photos, Allan. I can see that Nanaimo is naturally beautiful, and I love that you are never too far away from the shimmering sea. I would love to visit and catch a seaplane over those countless little islands and take in the views over the Sunshine Coast. What a truly unique place 🥰 Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🤗 Aiva

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  3. Nanaimo looks really nice. I can’t recall if we visited there or not without looking at the photo album as it was at least 20 years ago. We spent a week on the island and toured around quite a lot banding ourselves between Victoria and Duncan. Really enjoying your photo blogs from this trip.

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    1. Coal mines helped it get established early and in 1914 it was an internment camp for Ukrainian settlers. BC Ferries really opened up the island for people looking for the island life and cheaper housing than Vancouver. Nanaimo has two ferry terminals to the mainland and one to Gabriola Island, so good connections. I think I would have a hard time adapting to island living and relying on ferry crossings on a regular basis. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. We just had some a week ago as we prepare goodies for an upcoming family gathering. Yummy. The weather in Nanaimo that day was quite hot but we were comfortable in the shade. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  4. So glad you got to see family! We haven’t been able to travel to see any of our out-of-town family, mostly because of my husband’s treatment. But several of them came to see us, which was so nice! And we are planning some trips this Fall.

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