Airport’s “Reconnect with Canada” Campaign Boosts Island Tourism

30 May 2022

The airport has launched a #Reconnect With Canada campaign, promoting travel between east and west. The airport is partnering with Halifax Airport, which in May launched a direct flight to Vancouver.

“We’re working to symbolize all of Canada reconnecting post COVID-19,” says Dave Devana, President and CEO of Nanaimo Airport Commission. “Halifax to Nanaimo is an easy one-stop flight connecting both coasts.”

The campaign focuses on reconnecting travellers with family, friends and loved ones as COVID-19 restrictions fade. It also encourages travellers to reconnect with travel, nature and Canada.

“We’re the Central Island’s gateway to the world and we’re also the world’s gateway to Vancouver Island,” Devana says. “We welcome east coasters to see for themselves what makes our Island one of the top travel destinations on the planet.”

The campaign is another way Nanaimo Airport continues to help drive the recovery of the Island’s vital tourism sector.

“Bringing more visitors here creates jobs in everything from accommodation and food services to transportation and retail,” says Devana. “Increased tourist spending spreads into all of our communities, creating and supporting jobs and spurring business creation.”

The airport will launch a #ReconnectWithCanada social media campaign June 2 that will earn the winner a six-night vacation exploring the Central Island.

The trip for two includes round trip plane tickets, three nights in Stay at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville and three more at the Long Beach Lodge in Tofino and a car rental from national Car Rental for the duration. This is caped with a charter helicopter ride back from Tofino to Nanaimo.

The winners have many adventures to choose from, such as a wine tour, Grotto Spa getaway, private surf lesson, scenic wildlife/whale watching tour, or harbour kayaking.

The contest runs on Facebook, Instagram and at and is open to residents over the age of 18 residing in Atlantic Provinces. Connect on all 3 locations to increase your odds of winning. The contest ends on June 16, 2022.

Nanaimo Airport welcomes the resumption of Air Canada Rouge’s seasonal direct flight to Toronto at the end of June. It gives Island residents access to the country’s three main air travel hubs, as Air Canada and WestJet flights already provide daily flights to Vancouver and Calgary.

“A morning flight from Nanaimo can get travellers to many global destinations later that same day,” Devana points out.

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Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is a 15-minute drive south of downtown Nanaimo on 224 hectares (550 acres). We are a not-for-profit authority owned and operated by the Nanaimo Airport Commission.