The Old City Quarter of Nanaimo is the original core of the city, maintaining many of its unique historical aspects. Some of the buildings in this area date from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Old City has recently undergone a revitalization of heritage buildings and the addition of many new developments that complement the period architecture. Interest in Old City has been rekindled due to this, resulting in increased interest from buyers and upmarket retailers. This neighbourhood is central to many city amenities such as restaurants, pubs and other retail stores. Some attractions include nearby boutiques, specialty shops and popular restaurants, such as Asteras, Figo Italian Bistro and The Vault Cafe. The Old City Quarter is also host to many community events, such as the annual International World Championship Bathtub Race and Nanaimo Marine Festival. This summertime event is well-known for its many water activities and spectacular shows. Other locations of interest include nearby medical clinics and the local police station.
Maffeo Sutton Park
This park is known as Nanaimo’s “signature park.” This charming park overlooks the breath taking Nanaimo harbour with the scenic mainland mountain range as the back drop. Throughout the hear this park is home to many community events and celebrations. The park is made up of a walking trail, playground, event stage, swimming beach and ferry to Newcastle Island.
Sid Clark Gyro Park
This neighbourhood park, located inside the Old City Quarter, is used mainly for youth sports.
Deverill Square Gyro Park
This park includes a water park, playground, basketball court and play field.