Parks and rec looking for programs and instructors

1023 - If you've got a particular skill and would like to share it as an instructor, the Nanaimo Parks and Recreation Department is looking for you.

They are looking for program proposals in a variety of areas, including dance, cooking, language, arts and crafts, music, outdoor recreation, and more are now being accepted.

Programs may be designed in any category and for any age group, however applicants are encouraged to review the current Activity Guide to avoid duplication. Applicants can complete the process, including attaching their resume and other relevant certifications, in an easy to use, one-step form.

The next deadline for program proposals is Friday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m. Submissions will be considered for the Spring/Summer Activity Guide.

Proposals should include all details requested on the form, as well as an up-to-date copy of your resume (noting any teaching experience) and relevant awards and certificates.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet that is included with the form to better understand the process.


Parks and Rec focusses on summer fun for families

0703 - City Parks and Recreation invites families to participate in the free programs being offered. 

The Summer Playground Program will run from July 4 - August 29 and is designed for children between the ages of 5 -12 years old to participate with their parents. This program, consisting of music, crafts, games and sports, will run Monday through Friday in six of Nanaimo's parks and is fun for the whole family. Leaders are on site at each park on specific week days between 10 am and 3:30 pm. 

There are two more Family Fun Nights planned. These evenings are designed for families to enjoy games, music, bouncy castle fun, food, face painting, crafts and much more. The Playground program runs from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday - Friday at various parks in July and August. Please see the Playground Program schedule for more information. 

The Concerts in the Park series kicks off this week with lunchtime and evening performances in Maffeo Sutton Park and at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre. There are 17 entertainers to watch, offering a variety of music styles. The concerts lunchtime series is from 12:30-1:30 pm and the evenings series is from 6-7:30 pm through July and August. Please see the schedule for a list of entertainers and locations.

Family Fun Nights are Thursday evenings from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Mansfield Park on July 26 and Harewood Centennial Park on August 30.

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July 15, Silly Boat Regatta

Silly Boat Regatta, Sunday July 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Paark

Street Market begins June 21 on Commercial Street

0608 - Nanaimo’s Commercial Street Night Market begins an eleven-week run every Thursday. 

Commercial Street from Terminal Avenue to Church and Chapel Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic as artisan vendor booths, crafters, food producers, and downtown merchants line the streets selling everything from food to crafts to curios. Be sure to visit the Food Truck Circle on Diana Krall Plaza. Live entertainment will be staged at several points and a variety of family activities like bouncy castles and climbing walls will be offered to visitors. A self-guided Arts & Culture Walk will be promoted as well. Downtown restaurants and cafés are also invited to join in and bring their hospitality out onto the street.  

The Thursday night festivities continue through to August 30. Over 100 vendors are projected to attend weekly. Booths and festivities will run from 5 pm to 9 pm with traffic and parking on Commercial, Skinner, Wharf and Museum Way prohibited from 2 – 10 pm. Free parking will be available and maps to all parking will soon be posted on this site. 

Interested in becoming a Vendor, Entertainer, or joining the Food Truck circle? Got other ideas? Click here to request information. Applications are now being taken. 

Daily, every day

Downtown Farmers Market on Fridays

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET OPEN ON FRIDAYS, 10-2. Lots of returning vendors with new faces on the plaza as well. Remember, we make it, bake it or grow it! Be part of the Buy Local movement and support small businesses on the Island. Live music by Teo Manse. Come down each week to enter our monthly draw. Looking forward to a great season.

Nanaimo Marine Search and Rescue volunteers honoured

MARINE SEARCH AND RESCUE - Ken Swain, left, was presented with an award for exemplary service by Station Leader Michel Morin at the annual general meeting, April 16. The award is voted on by fellow members. Visit our website –

MARINE SEARCH AND RESCUE - Nikolaj Richers, left, was presented with an award for exemplary service by Station Leader Michel Morin at the annual general meeting, April 16. The award is voted on by fellow members. Visit our website –