There are many great ways to spend your day in Nanaimo; from scuba diving in a sunken navy ship, testing yourself at an indoor rock climbing wall, challenging yourself on the golf course, to watching a performance of the Vancouver Island Symphony at the Port Theatre. Whatever you do for fun, you’ll find attractions in Nanaimo that satisfy your needs, along with many activities you might not have tried before.

Nanaimo’s island coastal setting makes it a great place to spend the day outdoors. Here you can hike a rainforest mountain, take panoramic pictures of Georgia Strait, and cool off in a river canyon all in the same day. There are also several great ocean swimming and snorkeling spots along the city’s waterfront, including Departure Bay, Neck Point, Jack Point, and Snake Island. For the more adventurous types, there are activities such as bungy jumping, zip-lining, and ATVing.

For deep water enthusiasts, the ocean floor just outside Nanaimo Harbour has a number of popular scuba diving spots. The area is home to three artificial diving reefs made from sunken ships, including the Canadian Supply Ship HMCS Cape Breton, the largest upright man-made diving reef in the world.

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Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1100 international students, over 1000 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

Why Choose VIU

  • Excellent facilities, quality programs at a reasonable cost.
  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors.
  • Academic advising, personal counselling, and support services for international students.
  • Social, recreational and sports activities; homestay, and on-campus student residences.
  • Co-operative Education programs that allow for study and full-time work anywhere in Canada.
  • Great location in a smaller city close to Vancouver and Victoria.

Vancouver Island University Nanaimo BC Canada

Best place to stay while in Nanaimo BC Canada   – Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast     and on Facebook

Nanaimo is a city of 85,000 residents, located on beautiful Vancouver Island — a tourist destination blessed with the natural beauty of mountains, forests and seashore, a mild climate, and many opportunities for year-round outdoor sports and recreation. Nanaimo is close to the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver and Victoria, so students attending VIU can have the best of all worlds:

  • caring and comfortable community
  • low cost of living
  • spectacular natural environment
  • unequalled recreational opportunities
  • one of the mildest climates in all of Canada

When visiting Nanaimo, stay at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast and on Facebook

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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 – Friday, October 15th, 2010

Professional surfing contest.

One of the most highly anticipated surf events to hit the world surfing stage, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) is gathering momentum. With four 6Star and one 4Star ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events exploring spectacular surf spots in the remote corners of the world, the CWC series will start in the wilds of Tasmania in March before heading to South Africa, Scotland, Canada and Santa Cruz. Pushing boundaries, delving into the unexplored with a sense of adventure and innovation that defines O’Neill – this is the Cold Water Classic Series launching in 2009.

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Iaido – Japanese martial art

Long Lake Waterfront B&B hosts Masters of IaidoWe were very honoured to host Sensei ( teachers ) from Japan of the martial art Iaido.  Iaido, drawing and cutting using the Japanese sword, is not a sport but an ancient and unique traditional martial art for the development of mind, body and spirit. Iaido is one of the oldest Japanese martial arts, The purpose of Iaido is to develop awareness, centeredness, sincerity, a calm mind, and mental and physical harmony through the practice of traditional sword techniques or waza.

Each waza represent various situations that teach a calm definitive response using the Japanese sword to unjustified or surprise attacks. Iaido waza are performed individually against one or several imaginary opponents. It is the ultimate responsibility of each student to faithfully learn and with pride pass on these waza and the traditions of Iaido without any change to maintain the integrity of the art of swordsmanship and the respect of those who risked their lives for it.

Each of our practices starts and ends with a bow. Using the words of Esaka Sensei, “The bow reveals the heart of deep respect for others . Courtesy is an outward sign of this respect. I feel that if the spirit of the bow were properly understood the central theme of Budo, the spirit of harmony would help to bring peace to human society”. By dedicating oneself to iaido practice, life’ challenges can be championed through what we say… “Victory in the scabbard” means never having to draw your sword in battle to defeat the opponent.  For more info

Long Lake water Aerodrome

MOV02869Long Lake is a registered aerodrome and we are float plane accessable right to our dock – fly inn !! Elevation 390 ft / 119 m
Coordinates 49°13?00?N 124°01?00?W Fly ” Inn” and out from Long Lake Nanaimo BC [HQ]