Nanaimo Our History

May 27th, 2016

Frozen ship
The city of Nanaimo began as a trading post and, for the decades that followed, remained a major touch point for traders and seamen from around the globe. With the addition of its shipping port, at Nanaimo Harbour, the area became central to importing and exporting goods and products, and soon one of the most bustling commerce points in North America. This image shows a departing ship, frozen over by one of the region’s harsh winter spells. Often ships remained trapped at the port after snowstorms and deep freezes, remaining locked in for days or even weeks. (From the collection of the Nanaimo Museum)

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