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Originally Posted by caitandrob
Nanaimo and Parksville are both lovely communities. I live in Nanaimo but have spent time in both. Here are my impressions.
Parksville: Older demographics, less shops and services, less jobs, slower pace, further from ferry and airport service.
Nanaimo: Younger demographics, lots of shops and services, more jobs, more people, great access to ferry and good access to airport. More job opportunities.
The Arts and Music scene is incredibly vibrant on Vancouver Island. My wife is a performing and recording music artist and there are always great concerts and open mikes going on.
You can check out these kinds of events at Harbour Living.
Not particularly expensive housing wise, cheaper than places like Vancouver, Victoria or Edmonton. Lots of good fresh farmer's market produce in the summer.
Garland Coulson, Captain Time - http://CaptainTime.com