Investing in Nanaimo, British Columbia



Region:  Vancouver Island and Coast

Regional District:  Nanaimo

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean Nanaimo is a 20 minute flight from downtown Vancouver or a 1.35 hour ferry ride. The economic hub of  Central and North Vancouver Island, Nanaimo boasts both a vibrant business community and exceptional quality of life.

Businesses choose to locate in Nanaimo because of the cost efficiencies and a complete range of telecommunicat... Read More


Community Size: 122.19 km²

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Own Your Own Salon is a business for sale in BC.

Own Your Own Salon

3-4286 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC
**OWN YOUR OWN Salon** This 900 sqft studio is strategically located on busy Departure Bay Rd at the entrance of Uplands Nanaimo. This is your chance to be your own boss! The salon holds five stylists chairs, three shower sinks, great product displays, a comfortable seating/waiting area, plenty of s... continue

Fitzwilliam Gate is a commercial real estate opportunity in BC.

204 - Fitzwilliam Gate

427 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 3A9
Unique office space. Very nice, open office space available. Lower area has reception area, waiting area, private office, washroom, lots of open space. Upper level is an open vaulted space with lots of natural light. Unit is @ 1100 sq ft. Lots of windows overlooking the Fitzwilliam Gate courtya... continue

Coffee Shop is a business for sale in BC.

Coffee Shop

Unit # 29 - 3200 Island highway North, Nanaimo, BC
The Kaldi Café is a independent Coffee Bar Serving Local Organic Coffee, Cold drinks, Pastries, Made to order Sandwiches, Ice Cream etc.2018 gross sales $145,000.00, 2019 estimated gross sales $162,000+@Purchase Price $ 69,995.00 This is a turnkey business that a family can easily operate. We offer ... continue

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TREK Wildland Services brings fire control expertise to Indonesia

British Columbia’s expertise in managing forest fires has led a B.C. company to win a contract to train workers in fire-plagued parts of Indonesia. TREK Wildland Services has trained 400 Indonesians in Sumatra and East Kalimantan to fight out-of-control forest fires using the Incident... continue

B.C. Cleantech Company Drives Fuel Efficiency in Trucking Industry

Sidney, B.C.-based Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. is sparking interest and sales in North American trucking fleets. The company’s innovative new fuel enhancement system allows large diesel engines to burn fuel 10-25% more efficiently.   The system consists of a small box of... continue