As we continue in our weekly series of getting to know the Tourism Nanaimo staff, we meet Meshal. Coming to us as a volunteer, you can typically find him at events and stationed in the Bastion. Here’s what he had to say about himself:
In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret?
In my opinion, Nanaimo is full of secret places; however, Westwood Lake is the best secret. Westwood Lake is a very unique and special lake. The first time I heard about it, I thought it was just a lake where people could go to practice water sports or hiking at most, but Westwood Lake is more than that. Westwood Lake Park is owned and managed by the City of Nanaimo. It has a 5.5 kilometre hiking trail all around it, and people can bring their own boats as long as they are non-powered or have electric motors. There is also a private campground near the lake for out-of-town visitors, with full and partial RV service, tenting, cabins, boat rental, a social place for playing indoor games and the Snack Shack Café and Shop. Many people go to Westwood Lake for hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, playing in the playground and on the beach, and sun tanning.
What’s one place/event/activity in Nanaimo that you have not yet participated in but would love to one day?
A Flightseeing tour with Sunshine Coast Air or Harbour Air is one thing I really want to experience. I really want to see Nanaimo’s local lakes and Mount Benson from the sky.
If a visitor was only in Nanaimo for one day, what would you recommend they must see?
The waterfront is the best for a one day trip because it is not only located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, but it also contains many places that are very interesting, such as the Nanaimo Bastion, the farmers’ market, and two beautiful islands that visitors can get to easily and at low prices: Newcastle and Protection Islands.
Downtown Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway
What’s the most interesting/surprising thing you’ve learned about Nanaimo since working for Tourism Nanaimo?
That Nanaimo has more places and activities than I thought, or have visited!
Check back next Saturday as we meed another Tourism Nanaimo volunteer. Thanks for reading!