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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  • We drove over to old quarter hoping for some picturesque shops and tasty treats but only ended up driving through twice just so we could look at it. Perhaps it was the wrong time of day, but around th...  more »
  • There are many old building and shops that make this area well worth a visit. It is located just a close walk from the waterfront.  more »
  • We visited on a day trip from a cruise. The city had buses that met us at the wharf and dropped us at various areas of town. This is a group of shops spread over a several block area containing severa...  more »

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Where to stay in Nanaimo

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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