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Nanaimo, British Columbia (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. It is the 2nd largest country in the world in area, after Russia, and has the longest coastline of any country in the world, being next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Canada has the highest mountain range in the whole world. Around 30 million people live in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It has been dubbed the Bathtub Racing Capital of the World and Harbour City. Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the Hub City because of its central location on Vancouver Island and due to the layout of the downtown streets which form a hub pattern. It is the seat of the Nanaimo Regional District.
Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is about 55 kilometers west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia, but directly linked to Vancouver via Ferries. By virtue of its proximity to Vancouver, Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the island. The total area is of 89.17 square kilometers and population of 70,626 as per 2005 census.
Nanaimo is now experiencing a great deal of growth, especially in the old city area and on the waterfront. There is some fear of overdevelopment as building sizes begin to increase, blocking water views from further back along the city. The current council is also working hard to solve illegal drug and biker issues. Nanaimo is also experiencing a significant increase in tech-related work, especially with regards to the internet.
Nanaimo is home to Petroglyph Provincial Park, where visitors can view ancient petroglyph rock carvings and runes. Newcastle Island is another provincial park in Nanaimo and was at one time a world-famous summertime tourist destination. Nanaimo is named for the Snuneymuxw people. It is the origin of the famous Nanaimo bar. Malaspina University-College's beautiful and scenic main campus is located in Nanaimo, which brings many international students to the city. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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