Nanaimo marks 150th anniversary with new corporate logo, street banners

Nanaimo marks 150th anniversary with new corporate logo, street banners
City of Nanaimo
The new anniversary street banners designed by local artist Amy Pye are shown.

The City of Nanaimo has unveiled a new corporate logo and street banners to recognize its 150th anniversary of incorporation.

The city was officially incorporated in British Columbia on Dec. 24, 1874, and was just the sixth municipality in the province to be incorporated.

On Monday, the city unveiled its new corporate logo and street banners, which were designed by local artist Amy Pye.

“The designs were inspired by the convergence of land and sea, and the unique blend of urban and rural life that makes our landscape truly exceptional,” said the city in a release.

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The new corporate logo is pictured. (City of Nanaimo)

Residents will soon begin seeing the street banners in parks and along roadways. The corporate logo will also be added to city documents moving forward.

“Reaching 150 years is a remarkable achievement, marking a significant chapter in Nanaimo’s history,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in a statement Monday.

“Over these years, our city has welcomed people from all walks of life, witnessed pivotal global events, and is poised for continued growth in the future,” he said.

Long history

The Snuneymuxw First Nation has lived on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island since time immemorial, notes the City of Nanaimo.

The city is in the center of Coast Salish territory and the Snuneymuxw First Nation is considered to be the first peoples of the land.

In the 1850s, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a coal mining outpost in what is now Nanaimo, before the city was incorporated some 20 years later.

Now, the city says it’s one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with a surge in construction taking place in the downtown area.

“I extend my appreciation to all those who have contributed to our journey, past and present, and as we anticipate the next 150 years, let us also honour the enduring legacy of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, whose connection to this land predates our own,” said Krog.

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