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Nanaimo is British Columbian city, located in the east coast of Vancouver Island. Due to the city’s original layout design, it was commonly known as the “Hub City”. However, Nanaimo is now commonly known as “the Harbor City”. The city of Nanaimo is the headquarters of the Regional District of Nanaimo. It was established in 1874 and originally inhabited by the Snuneymuxw. As a matter of fact, the city’s name is the anglicized speaking and pronunciation of the word “Snuneymuxw”.

Based on the 2016 Canadian population census, Nanaimo has a population of 90,504, making it the 62nd most populated city in Canada. Furthermore, it has a land area of 91.30 square kilometers and a population density of 918 per square kilometers. Nanaimo metropolitan area is ranked as the 35th most populated metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 104,936. The metropolitan area has a land area of 1,280.84 square kilometers and a population density of 76.5 per square kilometers.

The original driver of the Nanaimo economy was coal mining but in the 1960s, forestry became the major economic driver. Today, pulp mill is one of the major drivers of the economy but the largest employer in the city is the British Columbia provincial government. Other industries such as tourism, service, and retail industry also contribute significantly to the economy.

The city of Nanaimo is rich in Culture. A major festival in Nanaimo includes Nanaimo Marine Festival and a major art gallery in the city is the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

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Best Walk-in Eye Clinics in Nanaimo

According to Yelp, the best walk-in eye clinics in Nanaimo are:

  • Origin Optometry – 100-5200 Dublin Way Nanaimo, BC V9T 0H2 – (250) 758-4175
  • FYidoctors – Nanaimo – 1 – 1500 Waddington Road Nanaimo, BC V9S 4V9 – (250) 753-4531
  • Visions Optical – 6631 North Island Highway Nanaimo, BC V9T 4T7 – (250) 390-2444
  • Eye Care Nanaimo – 6330 Dover Road Nanaimo, BC V9V 1S4 – (250) 390-1447
  • Iris Optometrists and Opticians – 6631 Island Highway Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N8 – (250) 390-2160

Best Pharmacies in Nanaimo

The following is a list of the lowest dispensing fees/ or best pharmacies in Nanaimo:

  • Anchor compounding Pharmacy – 1450 Waddington Road Nanaimo, BC V9S 4V9
  • Thrifty Foods – 650 S Terminal Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9R 5E2
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy – 1150 Terminal Avenue N Nanaimo, BC V9S 5L6
  • Save On Foods – 3200 Island Highway N Nanaimo, BC V9T 1W1
  • Shoppers Drug Mart – 140 Island Highway E Parksville, BC V9P

Best Dental Clinics in Nanaimo

The following is a list of the best dental clinics in Nanaimo area:

  • Lakeside Dental Clinic – 7-4800 Island Highway N Nanaimo, BC V9T 1W6
  • Aaron Cooper, DDS – 4-2150 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H7
  • Westhill Dental Clinic – 1808 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC V9S 5W4
  • Holly Tree Dental – 532 Comox Road Nanaimo, BC V9R 3J1
  • Applecross Dental Clinic – 6441 Applecross Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9V 1K8

Hospitals in Nanaimo

Nanaimo has more than two hospitals and several medical centers. The following are the hospitals in the city.

  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital – 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo, BC V9S 2B7, Canada
  • Vancouver Island Prosthetic – 1708 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1G9, Canada

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Nanaimo Health News

More people are seeking help amidst the ongoing crisis in Nanaimo. According to statistics from Island Health, about 790 people are currently in some form of treatment for opiate addiction which is a 45% increase from 2015, a year before the province declared a public health emergency over the increasing number of fatal overdoses.

Medical Health Officer, Dr. Paul Hasselback, said that the number of those in treatment is increasing across the province but the rate in Nanaimo is faster, about 15%. Hasselback also pointed out that there has been a dramatic increase in accessibility to the treatment. He stated that there has been an intensive level of intervention, support, and public acknowledgment because of the devastation the overdose crisis has had on the city.

Furthermore, there have been a significant amount of naloxone kits in the community which can help save a life to prevent a fatal overdose. According to the B.C. Coroners Service, the number of fatal overdose by the end of June 2018 has significantly gone down to 16 from its value of 24 in June 2017. Thus, Nanaimo is now at the same rate of fatal overdose as it was in 2016 when the crisis was officially declared. Although the local numbers have decreased, the rate of overdose in other parts of the mid-island has increased.

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