Best of the City isn’t cancelled due to COVID-19 – in some ways, it’s more important than ever this year as people are staying closer to home.
That notion of home, of community pride, of loving where we live, those have always been some of the driving forces behind Best of the City. It’s the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s largest special section every year, and the product of weeks of surveying readers, tabulating votes and packaging the results in ways meant to engage our local community members and tourists passing through town.
For those who haven’t voted in Best of the City before, it’s a pretty comprehensive survey – we set out to ask readers about their favourite things to see and do, their favourite places to eat and drink, their favourite shops and services to frequent, and more.
In an effort to try to make the survey more accessible this year, we’ve moved to a new voting platform in which readers can write in their vote or choose from a list of options that have already been submitted. It’s made the process simpler, we think, and we’ve already received tens of thousands of votes and have had many more readers participate this year than last year, with nearly two weeks still to vote. Any business is eligible if it’s in our newspaper’s coverage area between Cassidy and Nanoose Bay. Anyone who votes will be entered in a random draw for a $250 gift card courtesy Mid-Island Co-op.
We’ve mentioned before that in a time when travel is restricted, we’re lucky to be here in Nanaimo. Why are we so lucky? Well, for a lot of reasons. We want to know those reasons; we want to know your reasons. Please consider voting in Best of the City 2020 at this link.