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Home to an eclectic group of businesses: specialty shoppes, boutiques, restaurants, community service providers and professionals.

Downtown Nanaimo.


Shop OCQ


A vibrant mix of boutiques and specialty shops, the Old City Quarter has something for everyone.



There's something for every palette in the Old City Quarter. From specialty cheese, to gluten-free and vegetarian eats, to cupcakes and craft beer (not to mention home to the Nanaimo Bar), come hungry. 

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea and just relax in the Old City Quarter. The pace is easy here and the people are always friendly. InfraRed Hydration Station, acupuncture, spas, tarot reading? We've got those too. 


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Show and Tell Why You Love #lifeintheocq

Post a Comment, Photo or Video (up to 60 sec.) on the Old City Quarter Facebook Page and you can enter to win some fabulous prizes donated by OCQ merchants! One entry per day up until Valentine's Day (February 14th) when 3 winners will be drawn! Find out more >>


Over 70 services.


From dentists, to accountants, to mobile phone repairs, to legal services, Old City Quarter is where some of the best professionals in Nanaimo come to work.