Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
It has been dubbed the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World" and "Harbour City". Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the "Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island and due to the layout of the downtown streets which form a "hub" pattern.
Located on Vancouver Island at 49°11′N 123°59′W, Nanaimo is about 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, but directly linked to Vancouver via BC Ferries. By virtue of its proximity to Vancouver, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the island Tofino, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, Rathtrevor Provincial Park and off its coast Newcastle Island, Gabriola Island, Valdes Island, and many other of the Gulf Islands.