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Vancouver Island cuisine, as you might expect, has fresh, local seafood as its foundation. But the talented chefs who ply their trade on the Island demonstrate they know how to make the most of local meats, fruits and vegetables.

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ACTIVITIES

Vancouver Island offers so much to see and do whether you prefer kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing or more leisure pursuits, there is alway some new around every corner.

Nanaimo offers a unique shopping experience with something for everyone.
Most of the national chain stores are located in shopping centres along the Island Highway in North Nanaimo but you’ll find unique shops and boutiques clustered in Nanaimo’s historic downtown, the Arts District and the famous Old City Quarter.

There are three major shopping centres in the city. The Island’s largest, Woodgrove Centre with over 140 stores and services is located at the northern edge of Nanaimo. Mid Nanaimo is home to Nanaimo North Town Centre which features several large drug and home improvement stores.

A little closer to downtown is Country Club Centre which offers a selection of unique local businesses for all your personal and shopping needs. Here you’ll find a great variety of more than 50 stores and services including such national brands as Best Buy, Jysk, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Save On Foods, Original Joe’s and Starbucks. With ample parking, an electric vehicle charging station and convenient access, Country Club Centre is located where Bowen Road meets the Island Highway. Open daily.

Kool and Child is the city’s largest independent toy store. The staff are very knowledgeable with backgrounds in both early childhood education and the toy industry. Kool and Child carries over 20,000 carefully chosen products, each selected to provide the best play value, Timeless toys, games, puzzles, craft kits, science kits, puppets, kites, travel toys, teacher supplies…quality fun toys that encourage creativity, challenge thinking and and develop imagination. • 102 -2517 Bowen Road. • 1-888-390-1775 • Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 12 to 4pm.

Olive This & More is an interactive, hands on tasting room that is unique to Vancouver Island. With locations in Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Victoria, you will be greeted by knowledgeable, friendly staff who will guide you through the store and explain the many uses and applica- tions of our extensive selection of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Our balsamic vinegar is from Modena, Italy and aged between 12 to 18 years using the tradi- tional Solera system. Our olive oil is sourced from all over the globe; we do two harvests per year, one from each of the Northern and South- ern hemispheres, to ensure our olive oil is in season which provides maximum taste and health benefits.
Nanaimo:
#2 – 6332 Metral Drive • 250-933-1122 • Hours: Mon. – Fri.10am – 5:30pm, Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. Noon – 4pm.
Qualicum Beach:
115A W Second Ave. • 250-594-2211 • Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 5pm, Closed Sunday & Statutory Holidays.

 

 

 

Over 50 ShOpS and ServiceS
Where Bowen Road Meets the Island Highway • Nanaimo
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Nanaimo offers a unique shopping experience with something for everyone.
Most of the national chain stores are located in shopping centres along the Island Highway in North Nanaimo but you’ll find unique shops and boutiques clustered in Nanaimo’s historic downtown, the Arts District and the famous Old City Quarter.
There are three major shopping centres in the city. The Island’s largest, Woodgrove Centre with over 140 stores and services is located at the northern edge of Nanaimo. Mid Nanaimo is home to Nanaimo North Town Centre which features several large drug and home improvement stores.
A little closer to downtown is Country Club Centre which offers a selec- tion of unique local businesses for all your personal and shopping needs. Here you’ll find a great variety of more than 50 stores and services including such national brands as Best Buy, Jysk, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Save On Foods, Original Joe’s and Starbucks. With ample parking, an electric vehicle charging station and convenient access, Country Club Centre is located where Bowen Road meets the Island Highway. Open daily.
Kool and Child is the city’s largest independent toy store. The staff are very knowledgeable with backgrounds in both early childhood education and the toy industry. Kool and Child carries over 20,000 carefully chosen products, each selected to provide the best play value, Timeless toys, games, puzzles, craft kits, science kits, puppets, kites, travel toys, teacher supplies…quality fun toys that encourage creativity, challenge thinking and and develop imagina- tion. • 102 -2517 Bowen Road. • 1-888-390-1775 • Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 12 to 4pm.
Olive This & More is an interactive, hands on tasting room that is unique to Vancouver Island. With locations in Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and
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McLean’s Specialty Foods is Vancouver Island’s Premier Cheese Shop and Specialty Foods Store located in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. You will find one of Vancouver Island’s largest selections of cheeses, a delicatessen featuring the finest quality products, on-site baking and fresh soups, along with a wide assortment of Danish, British, European, and South African specialty items among their wide assortment of ethnic products and an excellent choice of gourmet oils, vinegars, olives, truffles, pates and terrines. Visit Eric & Sandy McLean and their staff for a shopping experience that’s second to none.
426 Fitzwilliam Street • 250-754-0100 • Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:30 am – 5:30pm. Sat.10am – 5:00pm. Sun. 12:00 – 4:00pm

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