Nanaimo Our History

May 5th, 2016

On July 19, 1930, a devastating fire swept through the business district of Nanaimo, destroying six full city blocks including Front, Chapel, Church, Commercial and Skinner Streets. By the time it was contained, the fire had decimated downtown Nanaimo, engulfing dozens of businesses and one residential block, as well as St. Paul’s Church, which had been rebuilt after a fire 23 years prior. Nanaimo, its businesses and St. Paul’s would, ultimately, begin rebuilding just weeks later, restoring this bustling area to its original glory in the months and years to come. (From the collection of the Nanaimo Museum)

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