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Our best foot forward Welcome to the special, 10th anniversary edition of our annual Best of the City publication. Looking back over the past decade, Nanaimo has come a long way. We’ve grown in terms of population, but we’ve also grown in terms of substance. We’ve continued steadily down the path to becoming a diverse, well-rounded city. We’ve seen new infrastructure additions and enhancements to existing facilities that make us even more of a destination for tourists both from abroad and from within our own province. Our downtown main street was recently recognized as best in Canada. We’ve had business growth and development that strengthen our economic position and social developments and investments that improve the overall health and well-being of our community. We’ve increased our parkland and recreation opportunities and capitalized on our unique natural geography, ensuring our citizens and visitors have a pristine playground at our doorstep. There’s a lot to be proud of, and no reason to think we’re not the best. Mitch Wright News Bulletin managing editor

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1. Zougla Restaurant 2. Wesley St. Café 3. Keg Steakhouse & Bar

1. Gina’s Mexican Café 2. Wellington Pub 3. Longwood Brew Pub

Best breakfasts

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1. Ricky’s All Day Grill 2. White Spot Restaurants 3. Tania’s Restaurant

1. Milano’s Ristorante 2. Boston Pizza 3. New York Style Pizza & Pasta

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Best sushi

1. Delicado’s 2. Huong Lan Restaurant 3. Montana’s Cookhouse

1. Blue Ginger Restaurant 2. Firehouse Grill 3. Nori Japanese Restaurant

Best pizza

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1. Mambo Gourmet Pizza 2. Pizza Hut 3. New York Style Pizza & Pasta

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Best pies

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1. Nanaimo Bakery & Confectionery Ltd. 2. Columbia Bakery Ltd. 3. Thrifty Foods

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1. Thrifty Foods 2. Nellie’s Dutch Deli 3. Quality Foods

1. Earls Restaurant 2. Cactus Club Café 3. Dinghy Dock Marine Pub & Bistro

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Locals’ favourites

Favoured swims

Leonard Krog, NDP MLA for Nanaimo

Piper’s Lagoon is Krog’s favourite spot to take a dip, although his political duties leave him with little time for swimming these days. “I always feel refreshed after a swim in the salt water,” he said. “It’s like a free mineral bath. And it’s just such a beautiful spot.” Swimming out on the ocean side of the park, Krog said people can see across the Georgia Strait to the Lower Mainland, watch ferries pass by in the distance and look down to downtown Nanaimo and Gabriola Island. He also likes the spot because in the early 1970s, it was saved from development and preserved as a park for all to enjoy.

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he hot summer rays are beating down on your head, you’ve got a film of sweat permanently covering your entire body, your car is a sauna and it’s only 10 a.m. Exercising is out of the question unless it’s to take a refreshing dip in the water. Where to go? With Nanaimo’s large collection of freshwater lakes, the Nanaimo River and the ocean on hand, there are numerous options for people, said Mark Drysdale, executive director of Tourism Nanaimo. Staff at Tourism Nanaimo refer people to several popular swimming holes. Westwood Lake

With its warm, sandy beaches and family-friendly amenities, this park is a popular destination. “There’s good parking, there’s washrooms, the ice cream truck is there usually all summer long, there’s picnic grounds,” said Drysdale. While only about a 10-minute drive from the city centre, Westwood Lake’s location, up the hill from the city and surrounded by forest with the mountain as a backdrop, makes one feel farther away from civilization. The roped-off swimming beaches have lifeguards posted during the summer. Other features include a sixkilometre running and walking trail circumnavigating the lake, hiking and mountain biking trails going up the ridge behind the lake and a ramp to launch non-motorized boats. Long Lake

About 10 minutes up the Island highway from the Departure Bay ferry terminal, Loudon Park at Long Lake has many of the same features as Westwood Lake – parking, although not nearly as much, a designated, roped-off swimming area, some picnic tables, a small, sandy beach and washrooms. People can swim out to two floating docks at the edges of the designated

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A former swim instructor, Johnstone can’t limit herself to one favourite swim spot – she’s got three. “My favourite No. 1 swimming place is the Nanaimo River in the safe areas,” she said. “There’s some wonderful deep holes you can swim in which are clean, crystal clear and beautiful.” Johnstone also likes to swim off the rocks at Westwood Lake and Kanaka Bay on Newcastle Island is another favourite – she brings her snorkelling equipment and checks out all the flora and fauna when the tide is in. “So, ocean, lake and river for me,” she said. “We’re so fortunate in Nanaimo to have so many places to swim.” Jamie Brennan, school trustee

swimming area and because the lake is long and shallow, it heats up fast in the summer. Drysdale said the area is popular with kayakers and tanners and the lake also has a public boat launch for motorized and non-motorized vessels. Nanaimo River

The Nanaimo River is the spot to go if you really want to cool off, said Drysdale. The spring-fed river is crystal clear, clean and refreshing. “The water is always cool there,” said Drysdale. Tourism Nanaimo staff refer people to a swimming area by the Cedar bridge, he said. There’s no washrooms, picnic tables or parking – people park on the side of the road and trudge down. There are other areas along the river that people go to swim, but Drysdale does not recommend them to people because the

river currents can be dangerous and even fatal – there is almost one death per year at this river.

Kanaka Bay on Newcastle Island is Brennan’s favourite spot. “If you catch it at the right time, when the tides come over the sand, the water is incredibly warm,” he said. “There’s just a myriad of things to look at.” Because you have to take a ferry to get to this beach, Brennan said it can be quiet. “Often you’re there on your own with your family,” he said.

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Like Westwood Lake, this park has plenty of hiking trails to make a day out of a swimming trip and is surrounded by forest, but it’s usually less busy, said Drysdale. “The water actually does warm up pretty nicely there,” he said. One popular swimming spot is the park at the lower dam, with washrooms and picnic benches nearby and a floating dock to swim out to. Blueback Road Beach

This is rumoured to be Nanaimo’s best kept secret, said Drysdale. At the end of Blueback Road in north Nanaimo is a parking lot and a whole bunch of stairs that lead down to the beach. The beach has a beautiful view across the Georgia Strait and depending on when you go, you could have the beach to yourself, he added. Departure Bay

For people interested in ocean swimming, this is one of the go-to areas, said Drysdale. This area can warm up a bit more than

other ocean beaches because the water is fairly shallow and it’s a bit protected, he said. There’s a sandy beach to relax on and people can watch the ferries, which berth in the terminal to the south, steam by. Another popular salt water swimming area can be found at Piper’s Lagoon to the north of Departure Bay. Nanaimo Aquatic Centre/Beban Park/Bowen Park

While fresh water might be more refreshing in the summer, there are also the city’s pools, said Drysdale. The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre has three water slides, a water playground, a lazy river and wave machine. Beban Pool and the aquatic centre both have showers and changerooms, as well as fitness classes. The outdoor pool at Bowen Park is fun for kids, said Drysdale. Jenn McGarrigle reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Whether you’re interested in artificial reefs or sea life ranging from sea star as big as a truck tire to the strange looking wolf eel, the Nanaimo area has some worldrenowned sights for scuba divers.

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he big draw in recent years is Nanaimo’s three artificial reefs – the H.M.C.S. Cape Breton and H.M.C.S. Saskatchewan near Snake Island and the Rivtow Lion in Departure Bay, said Ed Singer, owner of Sundown Diving. “Our main market in the summer is not Canadians – it’s international,” he said. “A lot of areas don’t have these artificial wrecks. Canada is pretty well known around the world for its diving.” But Nanaimo and the Island as a whole is a major dive destination for more reasons than just the artificial reefs, added Singer. He said the waters around Nanaimo are home to hundreds of different species of brilliantly coloured starfish, anenomes and nudibranchs. Different kinds of seaweed and kelps carpet the ocean floor and an array of animals greet lucky divers – from octopuses to

rockfish to wolf eels, which are elongated fish that can grow to two metres long or bigger. Seals can be spotted – and sometimes curious ones come right up to you – as divers descend or ascend the rock wall at Snake Island. There are also many popular shore dives, which eliminate the need for tourists or locals to hire or own a boat, said Singer. Shirley White, co-owner of Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, said many people are blown away by the diverse life that can be seen simply hopping into the water from Nanaimo beaches. “We’re really lucky here,” she said. “I was totally amazed at how big the sea life here was compared to some of the stuff in warmer waters. I didn’t know there was so much life down there. Some of the Sun Stars down there almost look like there’s a light bulb in them.” People come from all over Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, the United

States and Canada to dive in Nanaimo, said White. There’s also a sizeable population of local divers, she added. After all, having all of this in your backyard makes a quick evening dive possible. It’s quiet and weightless under water and troubles of the day fade away as you watch the abundant marine flora and fauna move about and interact. “Just grab your tank after work, head out and hop in the water,” she said. “It is cold water. We wear a lot of equipment and that’s not necessarily for everybody.” For those who don’t want to scuba dive or who want to bring the family on a marine adventure, Sundown Diving takes people snorkelling with the seals at Snake Island. Jenn McGarrigle reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Artificial reefs HMCS Saskatchewan

A destroyer escort commissioned in 1963, the Saskatchewan was sunk in June 1997 off the western side of Snake Island. The Saskatchewan rests in about 40 metres of water and is upright with a list to the port side. Numerous diver access holes were cut into the vessel before it was sunk. HMCS Cape Breton

This Second World War-era naval vessel was sunk near Snake Island in 2001. The Cape Breton sank upright with a slight list to starboard in about 43 metres of water close to the Saskatchewan. It is recognized as the world’s second largest artificial reef, next to the Speigel Grove in Florida. Rivtow Lion

A former deep sea rescue tug launched in 1940, the Rivtow Lion became Nanaimo’s third artificial reef in February 2005. Certain areas of the vessel were sealed shut before the boat was sunk just off Newcastle Island in Departure Bay and her main deck sits at about 18 metres below the water. The wreck was sunk in a sheltered location so as to be a safe alternative to diving the bigger, exposed wrecks. Other dives

There are numerous other popular dives in the area, including a number of vessels that sank around the turn of the last century. Sources: www.divingbc.com and www.sundowndiving.com

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mutations that claim culinary lineage to the original, but take radically different forms to slip past the defences of fresh legions of hosts. One can taste this townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tinkerings along the Nanaimo Bar Trail. Laid down by Destination Nanaimo, it plays no favourites, luring pilgrims with a list of coffee houses, bakeries and restaurants that mint the bar from recipes clinging to convention and other establishments that trampled tradition like Picasso and proudly boast of the Frankenstein-ian offspring of their work. Chelsea Barr, Destination Nanaimo spokeswoman, compiled the list of local bar minters, put their co-ordinates on a map and created the Nanaimo Bar Trail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just another activity for folks to do downtown, other ideas for people who have visitors coming in, for people coming in on the cruise ships,â&#x20AC;? Barr said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just sort of a funky thing to promote the Nanaimo Bar.â&#x20AC;? Pamphlets came out in June and are available at Tourism Nanaimo kiosks, parks, recreation and culture facilities and at businesses listed in the pamphlet.

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Barr said a downloadable version of the pamphlet on the City of Nanaimo’s website is in the works. Another way to get started on a Nanaimo Bar pilgrimage is to make a quick visit to Tourism Nanaimo’s website at www.tourismnanaimo.com/content/nanaimo-bar, where people can chart their path to the Nanaimo Bar Cupcake at A Wee Cupcakery and the Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Sundae at Jakecob’s Ice Cream Parlour. The health-conscious can go wheat-free and organic at one of Nanaimo’s farmer’s markets, dive headlong into a feeding frenzy with deep-fried version of the bar from Pirate Chips. Those in search of the farthest flung derivation of the bar can sip a Nanaimo Bar martini at the Modern Cafe.

Nanaimo Museum has even compiled a history of the Nanaimo Bar to go with its mouth-watering, but inedible display. A true eater with a competitive bent can consume his or her way through downtown and the Old City Quarter. Pilgrims can set off on their sojourns from any of several points downtown, but will likely want to start from the waterfront or Commercial Street so they can burn calories as they climb Fitzwilliam Street before hoofing a few kilometres out to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at the Departure Bay ferry terminal for some Nanaimo Bar Fudge. More clandestine operations are in the works. Barr said one of Nanaimo’s downtown coffee houses is cooking up a Nanaimo Bar latté recipe and a Commercial Street restaurant is working on its own top secret variation of the bar. So the next time you’re at a party trying to savour your slice of Nanaimo Bar before its melting chocolate slips through your fingers and onto your best shirt, let the flavour linger a little longer to consider how this dessert is not just bringing Nanaimo international recognition, but has become a currency to be bartered in the arena of international sports and politics. B.C. Premier Christy Clark put it on the line when the Stanley Cup final began in Vancouver, announcing the terms of a wager with Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. Clark promised to wear a Bruins jersey after a Boston win and send Boston a selection of Nanaimo Bars and B.C smoked salmon.

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Nanaimo has more than its share of innovative and talented citizens. Most are well-established in their fields of endeavor, but new talent is always on the rise and much of that is springing from young people born and raised here. Those young stars include the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s three Junior Citizen of the Year Sterling Award finalists.

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so if I’m going to be involved in anything it might as well stay here,” Hrenyk said. She is also involved in Link Crew, a mentorship program for students newly arrived from various elementary schools. Link Crew leaders unite them into groups and integrate them into Wellington Secondary School through orientations and group activities. “They get to know kids from other schools instead of just staying in their elementary school cliques, so to speak,” Hrenyk said. “It’s a good program.” Global Watch is similar to student council, but focuses on charity work. “We just had our Global Watch fair,” Hrenyk said. “We run events for the

school to get students involved in activities outside of school. We meet once a week. Sometimes we have speakers in to talk about issues in our community because we have a high poverty rate, but also in the world.” Outside of basketball, her favourite activity is helping organize student council events. “Last year we did a gym riot,” she said. “When I was in Grade 8 I actually participated in it, so running it last year was really fun being on the other side of it.”

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Sikhism, her religion, which she came to after she found its teachings aligned with her beliefs. “If everyone could come together, everything could be better,” she said. “When people start things together, that’s when they lead to bigger things and that’s when movements and changes happen to better the environment or better social causes. So, remaining involved in you community and trying to help create a difference will help better the world in some minor way or a big way.” Parmar’s biology teacher, Mary Anne van der Voort Maarschalk, describes her as a student with an interesting sense of humour and a strong moral compass. “She’s a wonderful role model for the other students and very empathetic and understanding,” said van der Voort Maarschalk.

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Victoria to study environmental sciences and wants to pursue a degree in architecture after that. Woodlands Secondary School principal Dave Stupich nominated Seward to the Sterling Awards. ‘She’s a leader among her peers, so she kind of hits all the spots that students of that nature should,” Stupich said. “She does well academically, yet she spends tremendous amounts of time working outside the classroom working on aspects all through the school. She’s always got a smile on her face – always positive, so she’s a good candidate.”

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1. Black and Blue Tattoo 2. Tranceformations Tattoo & Body Piercing 3. Desire Tattoo

1. DenMar Electric Ltd. 2. Mazzei Electric 3. Houle Electric Ltd.

Best travel agency

Best financial planner

1. Around the World Travel Services Ltd. 2. Flight Centre 3. Marlin Travel

1. Wes Belloch 2. Darren Pederson 3. RBC Royal Bank

Best catering business

Best beauty salon

1. 24 Carrot Catering 2. Mrs. Riches Club Café 3. Heaven Scent Catering

1. Rich 1 Beauty Salon & School 2. Breze Salon & Day Spa 3. Regis Salon

Best estheticians

Best massages

1. Breze Salon & Day Spa 2. Evergreen Spa & Salon at Origin at Longwood 3. Rich 1 Beauty Salon & School

1. Evergreen Spa & Salon at Origin at Longwood 2. Breze Salon & Day Spa 3. Atlas Chiropractic & Body Balance

Best insurance agency

Best tanning salon

1. BCAA Insurance Agency 2. Coast Capital Insurance 3. Hub International Barton Insurance Brokers

1. Spanish Sol Tanning Studio 2. Solisa Tanning Salon 3. Coco Cabana Tanning & Esthetics

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Best auto servicing

Best bankIng institution

1. Canadian Tire 2. Budget Brake & Muffler 3. Kal Tire

1. TD Canada Trust 2. RBC Royal Bank 3. Coastal Community Credit Union

Best optical store

Best fitness centre

1. Iris Optical 2. Maycock Eyecare 3. Highview Optical

1. VI Fitness Co-Ed & For Women 2. Nanaimo Athletic Club 3. Northridge Health Performance Centre

Best marine supplier

Best roofing company

1. The Harbour Chandler 2. West Marine 3. Gone Fishin’

1. Blake Erickson Roofing 2. Done Right Roofing 3. Vanderleek Roofing Services

Best plumbing & heating 1. Marshall Plumbing Ltd. 2. Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating 3. Norm’s Mobile Service Ltd.

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Best carpet cleaners 1. Citrus-O Carpet Care Inc. 2. Terry’s Carpet Cleaning 3. Belfor Property Restoration

Best appliance repair shop 1. Barron’s Home Appliance Centre 2. Aztec Appliances Ltd. 3. Solar Electric Repairs (1981) Ltd.

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“Vancouver Island is the hub of craft breweries. We brewers are a very, very tight brotherhood and the philosophy is everybody’s got to make good beer.”

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“By rebranding it as Wolf we wanted to make it our own because the previous brand really had nothing to do with us,” said Findlater. “We decided on Wolf because we both like the wilderness, there’s sort of a West Coast appeal. It was time for a new look and a lot of our customers have said they really like it.” While Wolf Breweries is just getting up and running, Nanaimo icon Longwood Brew Pub, complete with its more than 40 recipes of beer, has been providing its customers with the freshest, healthiest ingredients money can buy for the past 12 years. As a result its go-to products like Czech Pilsner, Longwood Ale and Weizenbock have won numerous awards, keeping customers returning time and time again to drink brew master Harley Smith’s work. What’s Longwood’s secret? “Real beer, real ale,” said Barry BARRY LADELL Ladell, Longwood’s owner. “Real ale is ale that has not been filtered, it’s a complete carbohydrate with vitamins, nutrients and minerals, and it’s healthy for your body to ingest in moderation. And it’s an accent to a flavour profile of a quality of life.” Ladell said only craft breweries can create a real ale that has not been filtered, and with beer customers becoming more educated on the products, demand has risen.

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“We adhere to the 115 or so styles of beer that are available. So an expatriate from south England can walk in and say ‘oh my God, that’s a great extra special bitter,’ because they’ve been drinking it all their life. Our success is based on consistency and constancy.” It’s also based on all Vancouver Island craft breweries creating a good product and working together, even though they compete for market share. When Wolf ’s bottling machine broke, Findlater and Lewis made a call to Longwood’s Smith to ask for advice. “They’ve helped us a lot,” said Findlater. “It’s not what you’d think. It’s competitive so you’d think everybody would be fighting each other but everybody has been willing to help. We had a problem and Harley walked us through it and even gave us tips on cleaning procedures and products.” Ladell said working together ensures that Vancouver Island craft breweries remain the best in the country. “Vancouver Island is the hub of craft breweries,” he said. “We brewers are a very, very tight brotherhood and the philosophy is everybody’s got to make good beer. So we’re out there to support the process of making good beer because all you need is one person to make bad beer and then the general public starts to become a little wary.” Findlater said as Wolf grows it plans to become a strong corporate citizen in Nanaimo. Longwood has already accomplished that, most notably by supporting the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock by feeding the riders as they pass through town. For the rest of us, some of the country’s best craft beers are made right here in Nanaimo and can be found just around the corner, which is worth raising a pint to. Toby Gorman reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com

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Best pet supply store

Best store for ladies wear

Best furniture store

Best store to buy books

1. Bosley’s Pet Food Plus 2. PetSmart 3. Paws N Jaws

1. Sears Canada Inc. 2. Quintessential Accessories 3. Ricki’s

1. The Brick 2. Flying Fish Kitchen & Gift 3. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

1. Chapters 2. Costco Wholesale 3. Coles

Best place to get tires

Best customer service

Best housewares/linen store

Best store to buy tools

1. Kal Tire 2. Cedar Tire 3. Canadian Tire

1. Wal-Mart 2. Thrifty Foods 3. Flying Fish Kitchen & Gift

1. Homesense 2. Flying Fish Kitchen & Gift 3. The Bay

1. The Home Depot Canada 2. Canadian Tire 3. Midland Tools

Best tile store

Best outdoor garden centre

Best place to buy meat

Best flower shop

1. Cornerstone Tile 2. City Tile Ltd. 3. The Home Depot Canada

1. Art Knapp Plantland 2. Long Lake Nurseries Ltd. 3. Diana’s Garden Centre & Florist

1. Pipers Meats 2. Nesvog Meats 3. Costco Wholesale

1. Turley’s Florist 2. Thrifty Foods 3. Balloons & Bears

Best second hand store

Best vitamin/health food store

Best place to buy produce

Best lingerie shop

1. Value Village 2. The Salvation Army 3. Funk Your Fashion

1. Charlie Brown’s Health Foods Ltd. 2. Island Natural Markets 3. GNC General Nutrition Centres

1. Thrifty Foods 2. Save-On-Foods 3. Quality Foods

1. La Senza 2. La Vie En Rose 3. My Undies

Best place to buy used vehicle

Best paint store

Best shoe store

Best bike shop

1. Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln 2. Galaxy Motors Ltd. 3. Bouman Motors

1. Cloverdale Paint 2. The Home Depot Canada 3. General Paint

1. Aldo Shoes Inc. 2. Shoe Warehouse 3. Sport Chek

1. Arrowsmith Bikes 2. Pacific Rim Bicycle 3. Oak Bay Bikes

Best music store

Best lighting store

Best building supplies store

Best place to buy seafood

1. HMV Canada 2. Harbour City Music 3. Music Maxx

1. McLaren Lighting 2. The Home Depot Canada 3. Canadian Tire

1. The Home Depot Canada 2. Slegg Lumber 3. Rona

1. Sea Drift Fish Market 2. Thrifty Foods 3. Costco Wholesale

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Survey winners ..... 1. Peoples Jewellers 2. Bastion Jewellers 3. Ben Moss Jewellers 3. Paris Jewellers

RECREATION KIDS

Best floor covering store

Best people-watching spot

Best jewellery store

1. The Home Depot Canada 2. Cornerstone Tile 3. End of the Roll Carpet & Vinyl Discount Centres

1. Harbourfront Walkway 2. Swy-a-lana Lagoon 3. Woodgrove Centre

Best place to watch birds 1. Buttertubs Marsh 2. Morrell Sanctuary 3. Neck Point

Best art gallery 1. Nanaimo Art Gallery 2. Gallery 223 3. Artfitterz 3. Yellow Bird Arts Gallery

Best place to walk your dog

Best store for men’s wear 1. Sears Canada 2. Moore’s Clothing For Men 3. Lucid Records & Clothing

1. Westwood Lake 2. Harbourfront Walkway 3. Neck Point

Best romantic parking spot

Best sewing/notions store 1. Fabricland 2. Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre 3. Serge n Sew

Best place to shop 1. Woodgrove Centre 2. Downtown 3. Costco Wholesale

1. Departure Bay 2. Pipers Lagoon 3. Westwood Lake

Best place for kayaking 1. Newscastle Island 2. Long Lake 3. Westwood Lake

Best place for a picnic 1. Newcastle Island 2. Pipers Lagoon 3. Neck Point

Best place to swim outdoors 1. Westwood Lake 2. Nanaimo River 3. Long Lake

Best place to walk, jog or hike 1. Westwood Lake 2. Harbourfront Walkway 3. Neck Point

Best place to meet for coffee 1. Starbucks Coffee Co. 2. The Buzz Coffee House 3. Tim Hortons

Best place to mountain bike 1. Mount Benson 2. Doumont Road 3. Westwood Lake

Best daycare centre 1. Katie’s Korner Child Care Centre 2. Nanaimo Early Learning Centre 3. Boys n Girls Club Nanaimo (BGCCVI)

Best kids’ restaurant 1. Ricky’s All Day Grill 2. Mrs. Riches Club Café 3. Montana’s Cookhouse

Best toy store 1. Toys “R” Us 2. Kool & Child 3. Wal-Mart

Best kids clothing store 1. The Gap Kids 2. Children’s Place 3. Pumpkin Pie Kids Wear

Best place for birthday parties 1. Jumping Jiminy’s 2. Cyber City Adventures 3. Brechin Lanes

Best local campground

Best playground

1. Living Forest Oceanside Campground 2. Brannen Lake Campsites 3. Nanaimo Lakes Campground

1. Beban Park 2. Oliver Woods Community Centre 3. Swy-a-lana Lagoon

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Street appeal Nanaimo was originally known as the Hub City for its street design resembling the spokes of a wheel. Streets including Fitzwilliam, Albert, Franklyn, Campbell, Wentworth and Victoria Crescent ran out from the centre of the city, attached, if not physically but in spirit, to the axle of the downtown – Commercial Street.

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Commercial Street was the place to shop, to attend dances or watch parades. “You have to remember there was only about 7,000 people then,” said Hirst. “It was mostly miners in town at that time and they came from little villages in England that had the same type of situation – a small commercial area where everybody would go.” Commercial Street was also the place where all the kids went for jobs when they got out of school. “It was a very viable, busy little place. All the merchants were extremely co-operative with each other,” said Hirst. “The people in Nanaimo knew everybody and shopped the local stores down there. And if you wanted bread, you went to the bakery, you wanted meat, you

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Nanaimo’s Commercial Street is home to the highest concentration of the city’s heritage and historical buildings. They include: ◆ JEAN BURNS BUILDING, 6 Commercial St. Built in 1955, it is a good example of international-style architecture. ◆ NASH HARDWARE, 19 Commercial St. Built in 1909, the building received an Art Deco-style facelift in 1945. ◆ CALDWELL BLOCK, 35 Commercial St. Built in 1908, the building, despite alterations, maintains its character and reinforces the Edwardian-era appearance of the west side of Commercial Street. ◆ HALL BLOCK, 37-45 Commercial St. Built in 1925, the block is a simple, symmetrical and well-proportioned example of an inter-war period building. ◆ ROGERS BLOCK, 83-87 Commercial St. Built in 1913, the block is a good example of a vernacular Edwardian-era commercial building. ◆ HIRST BLOCK (later Dakin Block, 93-99 Commercial St. Built in 1911, the block is a superior example of the Edwardian-era commercial building style in Nanaimo. ◆ ASHLAR LODGE MASONIC TEMPLE, 101 Commercial St. Built in 1923, the building is an excellent example of the Classical Period Revival architectural style. ◆ GUSOLA BLOCK, 120 Commercial St. Built in 1937, the building clearly exhibits a late Art Deco-style influence. ◆ PARKIN BLOCK, 143-155 Commercial St. Built in 1922, the block is a good example of the type of vernacular commercial building built in Nanaimo after the First World War. ◆ A.R. JOHNSTON & CO. GROCERS, 172-174 Commercial St. Built in 1898, the block is one of the few pre-1900 buildings still standing in Nanaimo. ◆ MODERN CAFÉ, 221 Commercial St. Built in 1910 in the Classical Period Revival style, the Modern was significantly altered in the 1950s. ◆ FREE PRESS BUILDING, 223 Commercial St. Originally built in 1853 in a Victoria Italianate style, the building was significantly altered in 1956 as a result of an earlier fire. Source: City of Nanaimo community heritage register

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Clean living

Nancy MacKin expected to learn a few things along the way during the construction of her family’s LEED platinum certified home on Protection Island. Finding the answer to ‘How many doors can you fit into a Toyota Prius?’ ended up being one of them.

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nothing wrong with good record keeping so I don’t regret the time spent,” said MacKin. The 1,190 square-foot house was inspired by First Nations design with a monoslope roof and simple box-like structure. Inside, the house features three bedrooms and three bathrooms – comfortable enough for MacKin, her husband, son and parents to live in when they’re all on Protection. To coincide with Protection Island’s heritage, the house also has a nautical flavour that includes compact forms and spaces, a sail-like canopy over the entrance and re-used ship parts like portholes used for mirrors. The house was completed in November and took six months to build. Virtually every part of the house has been reclaimed. Along with the doors, the floors and all of the finishings have been reused, and inside the walls is insulation rated at R30, well above current code. MacKin said many of the items were found at local demolition sales and in some cases were pulled right out of the original structure. “We sort of cobbled it all together from things we could find but the end result is really great,” she said. The house uses a hybrid hot water tank which uses heat from its surroundings to heat the water, and the house itself is heated by a heat pump in conjunction with innovative radiant heating panels. The water system features a grey water reclamation

“We wanted to build a house that represents the way we think about the environment, which is that it needs to be looked after.” LEED platinum is the highest attainable certification for the internationally recognized standard, and there are only a handful of homes that meet it in British Columbia. To obtain platinum, virtually every aspect of the design, systems and structure must be as ecologically friendly as possible, and exact records must be kept to submit to the LEED committee. “There is an amazing amount of record keeping required, everything needs to be documented. But there is

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system that captures used water from the kitchen and shower and sends it as black water to the toilets before it is flushed away. Toxic glue and paint was avoided to make the air inside the house as clean and fresh as possible while reducing stress on the environment. As efficient as it is on the inside, there are also efficiencies on the exterior. MacKin said she was very careful to leave as much of the indigenous landscaping as possible untouched, including rare trillium and western yew vegetation. Native and established plants require less watering, but when watering is required it comes from a rainwater tank. “We wanted to build a house that represents the way we think about the environment, which is that it needs to be looked after,” said MacKin. “And everything that we do contributes to that, even if it’s using less water on a household level it still helps the environment in the long run.” To obtain a LEED platinum level, a building needs to score at least 80 points out of 100 on elements such as water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor and outdoor environment quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Toby Gorman reporter2@nanaimobulletin.com Photo courtesy Yellow Camera Photography

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Summer is for fun

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Nanaimoites know how to party. The summer months are filled with festivals and events supporting charities, celebrating the diverse arts scene, honouring the city’s history or just some downright silly fun for a good cause.

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anaimo Mayor John Ruttan said the events showcase the cultural richness of the community and its spirit of giving. The numerous summer events in the Harbour City also attract tourists and heighten the profile of the city. “It adds a local flavour and that’s very important,” he said. “It adds colour and character to the community.” Events such as the Silly Boat Regatta, the main fundraiser for the Child Development Centre; the Saveon-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, which raises money for cancer; and Nanaimo Marine Festival and the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race, which recognizes Nanaimo’s marine history and features tubbers from around the world, fill the summer months with fun and entertainment. In July, boaters armed with duct tape, ingenuity and enthusiasm brave the waters off Maffeo Sutton Park in

questionable vessels. Some sink a few metres from shore, others spring leaks and a select few sail to victory. The regatta encourages people to dress in zany costumes, construct vessels for races in heats and raises money for the CDC. Dino Tsembelis, CDC resource development coordinator, said the regatta is a community event unique

to Nanaimo. It includes music, performances and free family activities Tsembelis said all the summer festivals, including the regatta, bring more tourism and business to Nanaimo. Canada Day is celebrated across the nation and dragon boat festivals are held across the province but there’s only one Silly Boat Regatta, said Tsembelis.

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Summer events July 8-10 Save-On-Foods Dragon Boat Festival July 17 Silly Boat Regatta July 21-24 Great International World Championship Bathtub Race and Nanaimo Marine Festival Aug. 19-21 Vancouver Island Exhibition Aug. 26-28 Summertime Blues Festival

On the other end of the boating spectrum the vessels in the Great International Championship Bathtub Race are sleek and fast. Thanks to the race, Nanaimo is known as the bathtubbing capital of world and hosts participants from across the globe. The event has grown over the years from a motley crew of racers in constructed crafts to regulated racers with motor-class restrictions. The festivities include the Sail Past on Wheel Fun Parade and Nanaimo Marine Festival, which features entertainment and family activities. The annual fireworks display draws crowds to Maffeo Sutton Park to watch the orchestra of light reflect in the harbour waters. The Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival attracts participants from across North America for a weekend of

competition and celebration to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. The event is held in Maffeo Sutton Park and organized by the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society, which donates proceeds to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation to purchase or improve equipment or the diagnostic treatment process for breast cancer patients. Ruttan said the numerous festivals in Nanaimo wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of countless volunteers. “I encourage every Nanaimo resident to get out there and find out what is going on in the city,” said Ruttan. Rachel Stern reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo’s party goes beyond summer Nanaimo’s festivals aren’t confined to the summer months – the city is alive with celebrations all year long. The year kicks off with sweetness as people enjoy toffee on snow during the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable. People can listen to French-Canadian music, participate in cultural activities and taste traditional FrenchCanadian fare. On the May long weekend, people line the streets to watch the Empire Days parade. The weekend begins each year with the annual crowning of the May Queen and ends with a brilliant fireworks display over the harbour. In August, fair rides, barn animals and family events fill the Vancouver Island Exhibition fairgrounds at Beban Park annually for the organization’s country fair. As the year moves into the fall the Pumpkin Festival draws a crowd every October. Children enjoy scooping the guts out of pumpkins and trying to create an award winning jack-o’-lantern. Also each fall, food connoisseurs get a mouthful of scrumptious eats during the Bite of Nanaimo Festival, which features local cuisine. The year ends with the Festival of Trees, hosted by Vancouver Island University, featuring decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations that are auctioned off to raise money for student scholarships, bursaries and awards. For more information on events in Nanaimo, please contact Tourism Nanaimo at 250-756-0106 or go to www.tourismnanaimo. com.

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“What amazes me is it’s this wilderness park just on the edge of the city. It’s just an amazingly beautiful place.”

Rob Kolompar and his wife Jane, left, are the full-time caretakers of Neck Point Park, while Carl Evans and Lois Brammer, below, look after Westwood Lake Park.

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nicest places that we have in Nanaimo.” Westwood Lake is another, to be sure. Evans enjoys walking up the bluffs overlooking the lake, while Brammer likes to head down to the fishing dock. “I go out there in the early mornings when nobody’s around and be by myself with the fish,” she said. “I really love that.” When the caretakers open the gates at six o’clock, there

are usually a few cars waiting. Most often there is a fisherman and some joggers in the queue at that time of day. As the sun gets higher in the sky, Nanaimoites might come to picnic, swim, or get out on the trail loop. Brammer said earlier this spring she took a cell phone photo for a father and his young son who had reeled in a keeper-sized trout and were pretty happy about it. “His son had just caught his first fish; it was such a great family-oriented experience,” she said. Evans and Brammer, who are married, just started the job in April. They are longtime “friends of the park,” Brammer said, who were delighted to be chosen as the new caretakers. They are responsible for the beach area, parking lots and washrooms, and the parks board handles upkeep of the trails. They might have been selected because of their experience – 30 years ago, they lived in Vancouver’s Stanley Park where Brammer operated concession stands. “This is a very different park, obviously,” said Evans. “What amazes me is it’s this wilderness park just on the edge of the city. It’s just an amazingly beautiful place.” It’s a rainforest just 10 minutes from downtown, Brammer said. “In the rain, the rain doesn’t come right down to you because of the boughs of the trees, and in the hot sun, it doesn’t get you. It’s just really, really beautiful. It’s like a cathedral.” Greg Sakaki sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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It’s been almost 60 years since coal was king, but the remnants of Nanaimo’s mining era remain today. Mines stretched underground from downtown Nanaimo to Newcastle Island. Miners honeycombed the ground beneath Wellington and Extension and dug up the earth in South Wellington. It was often deadly work and hundreds of miners gave their lives to stoke the fires of economy and industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Bruce Fairbrother, left, a retired fire boss, and Ed Taje, coast area senior inspector of mines and underground coal specialist, are closing up old mine shafts in and around Nanaimo.

Heading into a mine shaft, Fairbrother is constantly testing the air for gas and carries a safety lamp which measures oxygen deficiency. “When I say get the hell out of here, you do it very fast,” he said. Fairbrother started mining at age 18 and worked underground in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta and Campbell River. “The underground, I just loved it,” he said. Nanaimo’s underground coal mines closed before Fairbrother was old enough to work in them, but stories remain of workers descending to depths in steel cages. In 1918, 16 miners died when the cable snapped on their cage, which plummeted 150 feet to the mine shaft floor.

Miner Robert MacArthur’s pocket watch, which stopped at the exact time of the accident, was recovered and is now on display at the Nanaimo Museum. The underground mines usually had a gradual slope for miners to walk to depth or a vehicle of some sort to take them to the work site, Fairbrother said. Working several metres underground never bothered him, he said. “Nothing like that ever affected me,” Fairbrother said. Fairbrother worked his way up to fire boss, which was the shift supervisor. Back in the day, it was the supervisor’s job to set off explosive charges, hence the name fire boss. Although no blame was placed on anyone in particular, the worst explosion in Nanaimo’s history was attributed

to a poorly prepared and planted charge that ignited gases in the Esplanade No. 1 Mine, near the bottom of Milton Street. The blast killed 148 men in 1877. “Most of those accidents are man-made,” Fairbrother said. “They happen when you take shortcuts.” Nanaimo blues musician David Gogo wrote the song She’s Breakin’ Through about the 1915 South Wellington mine accident that claimed the life of his great grandfather and 18 other men. The miners, using maps from different companies and not to scale, punched through into a flooded mine, sending torrents of water into their mine and drowning the miners trapped underground. Although modern mining is much safer, Fairbrother saw his share of accidents, from roof collapses to explosions. “I lost people underground,” he said. Coal mines are opening again on Vancouver Island, but it’s unlikely the Nanaimo mines will see renewed life as they produce a different type of coal than what is used today. Nanaimo coal was used for burning in steam engines, while today coal is used in steel fabrication. Only a few underground coal mines still operate in Canada as most companies moved to open-pit style of coal extraction. Each year, the provincial government closes more open mine shafts in Nanaimo. Fairbrother and Taje were last at work in February closing openings on Spruston Road. “There were about four openings that we had to close up there,” Fairbrother said. For more information on Nanaimo’s coal mining history, please visit the Nanaimo Museum, where a replica coal mine exhibit contains information on the mines, the workers and the labour disputes that shaped the city’s history. Melissa Fryer arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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Artists pushing their boundaries Nanaimo’s arts scene is a diverse tapestry of styles and influences from the traditional to the edgy. There’s a reason Nanaimo was chosen as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2008, one of only four Canadian cities. Every day new artists are emerging in the community and making their mark on the art world.

n the last few years burlesque dancers, fire spinners, tattoo artists, body painters and others have been forging new roads in the community and sharing their inspirations, vision or message with the public. For burlesque dancer Sarah Dickinson, a.k.a. Luscious Lottabottom, with the Naughty and Spice Burlesque Troupe, the transformation from a traditional arts scene to a diverse one is a sign Nanaimo is becoming a younger city. “Nanaimo has been a very traditional city for a long time. In the last five to 10 years the more alternative art forms have come down from Victoria and Vancouver,” said Dickinson. “It’s exciting to see because not everybody

burlesque is stripping, but that’s not what’s it’s about. There are tease and reveal moments, but there is always a story behind it that goes with the routine. “No. 1, burlesque is about loving who you are and the body you are in and allowing other people to love you the way you are, not 10 pounds from now or two babies ago,” said Dickinson. She said it sends a message that people are beautiful and sexy in all shapes and sizes. Shocking the audience is high on a burlesque performer’s list, especially at the end of a routine. “People need to come out and see it. It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s not your average, everyday entertainment and I would encourage everybody in Nanaimo to check out all the different art forms because it opens your eyes to a whole other world and whole other kind of creativity.”

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“People need to come out and see it. It’s a lot of fun. It’s not your average, everyday entertainment.It opens your eyes to a whole other world and whole other kind of creativity. For renowned tattoo artist Steve Moore, the canvas of flesh brings a fulfilling, personal side to his artwork. His passion for drawing started as a child. He doesn’t remember when it began – it was just something that was always part of his life. He tried his hands at other mediums but the challenge of creating art on human skin drew him to become a tattoo artist. “Tattooing is really fulfilling because you work with someone directly and you aren’t just working on something to put out there to buy,” said Moore. Tattooing is meditative for the artist. It requires concentration – you can’t make a mistake, it’s not something that can be easily erased. Moore said tattooing encompasses many skills because a person has to have drawing and painting skills but also a bit of sculptural skills. For example, with a tattoo on an arm, a person has to take into account how the arm moves and how it will be viewed from different angles. Moore has clients apply from around the world for his work. He said in the past several years tattoo artists have been blurring the lines and making their art form more acceptable. In the past tattoo art has been seen by some as a “lowbrow art form” or a “trade skill”, said Moore. Rachel Stern reporter3@nanaimobulletin.com

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Dover Bay Dolphins senior boys’ basketball team captured the Island championship this winter on an improbable buzzerbeater, and the squad has made a trip to provincials almost an annual tradition. Some of Nanaimo’s newest champions are the Hornets senior women’s rugby players, who won a Div. 2 B.C. crown this spring and are on their way up to Div. 1. In truth, there are too many champions and winners to list them all. Nanaimo can claim memorable victories at bike tracks, bowling alleys, boxing rings, curling rinks, golf courses, gymnastics centres, softball diamonds and swimming pools. So it’s pretty much a certainty that right now, somewhere in the city, Nanaimo is winning.

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