Old City Quarter, Nanaimo

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Nanaimo's Old City Quarter is part of the original economic core of the city. Buildings in the area date from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

The Old City Quarter has undergone a revitalization of heritage buildings along with the addition of new developments which complement the period architecture. A revitalization program in the early 1980s attracted unique retailers.

Today, it is home to an eclectic group of businesses: specialty shoppes, restaurants, community service providers and professionals.
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  • August 5, 2017
    A perfect lunch and afternoon wander. Variety of quaint shops, something for everyone. Lobelia's is a highlight with an eclectic array of items for sale, plus have a reading (numerous choices) tarot, ...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    I enjoy some of the old feel of the city here but it's nothing spectacular. Nothing like the old churches in Vancouver or the old look of Gastown. There are some good shops in this area but plenty of ...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Enjoyed a walk this afternoon through the old quarter of Nanaimo. Plenty of shops, coffee shops, and local flavour, recommended  more »

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Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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