Posts Tagged ‘nanaimo’

Deck the….Reindeer?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Bolt is all decked out in his holiday finery

The tree is up, the stockings are hung and Bolt is all set for Christmas.

Bolt Bolt has put on his holiday attire and is ready for the celebrations to begin.

He found some lights and greenery, a santa hat, and a special shiny red nose and has decorated himself for the holidays. Are you ready for Christmas? 


We have trees up at all of our locations and are collecting non perishable food donations for local food banks and toy drives to help those in our communities.

Each location works with a local charity in their area.



Do you ever get stuck trying to wrap that odd sized present? Remember that we sell packing supplies and boxes of many sizes, packing peanuts and bubble wrap to help with your wrapping dilemmas.  Maybe you need a gift for the person who has everything, well for some people (children and adults alike) a giant roll of bubble wrap may just the ticket.

Continuing the tradition we started last year on the blog (check out some muppet classics here) let’s end with a holiday song.  Something a little more traditional this time. Happy Holidays!

Silly Boat Regatta 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

On Sunday July 21, 2013 the staff at U-Lock Mini Storage in Nanaimo participated in the Annual Silly Boat Regatta, which is a fundraiser for the Child Development Centre in Nanaimo. The name of our team is U-Lock Storaways!


We held a Beer and Burger night at the Well in Nanaimo, all proceeds going to the Child Development Centre.  We had a silent auction, draws and a door prize! It was very successful and the U-Lock Storaway’s were able to raise $1,219.70.  A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the Beer and Burger and donated items for our silent auction!


This year our goal was to be first in our heat!  AND WE DID IT!


We always have a great time at the Silly Boat and we are excited for next year!

Tough Mudder

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Never Say Never

We started with 7, we finished with 6, we lost one along the way (don’t worry we didn’t leave her on the mountain) but they weren’t kidding when they said it was tough.


The Storage Warriors faced the mud, ice, snow, water and mountain side this past weekend at the Tough Mudder in Whistler. Crawling through mud under barbed wire, jumping into icy water, being waist deep in mud, careening down the mountain side, crawling through pipes filled with water, running through fire, climbing over walls – they were there and they did it all. There were 20 obstacles in total (21 if you count the wall you had to climb over just to get into the starting area) that were faced head on, or would that be face first?


Your author here was the -1 who had to be medi-atved down the mountain side part way through, and I’ll tell you hanging on for my life on the back of an ATV racing down the trails was almost as terrifying as the obstacles I had attempted thus far, but no doubt about it the challenges were tough but our team was tougher and we are all very proud of our Storage Warriors.

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Now I heard some pacts were made on the course “Never again” and “It’s almost over” but I also hear rumblings of looking forward to “Next year” and “Maybe next year – but only if I’m in better shape” already taking place so who knows.  We could expand our team, we could have a whole new team, we could be a stick in the mud, but I’m sure some where, some how, someone will be on that course again next year.


5 Days To Go

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Are you tough enough?


That is a question that fellow U-Lock employees may be asking themselves right about now. The Storage Warriors, with representation from all 3 of our locations will be participating in the Tough Mudder in Whistler, BC on Saturday June 22.

A 10-12 mile (16-20 km) course to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie with 20-25 obstacles along the way. And with obstacle names like Arctic Enema, Walk the Plank, Electroshock Therapy, Fire Walker and Kiss the Mud you get the idea of they will be facing. If you need visuals click here to see what we are talking about.

In addition to being, as some would say, an insane obstacle course, the event is also a proud supporter of Wounded Warriors Canada.

Let’s wish them well and hope they return to work in one piece.

Let’s all say the Tough Mudder Pledge together now:

I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
I do not whine – kids whine.
I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
I overcome all fears.


Beer and Burger Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Silly Boat Fundraiser

U-Lock Mini Storage in Nanaimo is excited

to be participating in their 3rd Silly Boat Regatta.

Check out the U-Lock Stor-Aways  in action!!

On June 15,2013, U-Lock will be having a Beer and Burger Night at the Well Pub in Nanaimo with all proceeds going to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

At the Beer and Burger Night we will be having a 50/50 draw and a Silent Auction.  There is still time left if you or your company would like to donate a Silent Auction item, please contact the office for more details!

Tickets are available at U-Lock Mini Storage, 4388 Wellington Rd Nanaimo BC 250.756.4448

Customer Appreciation Day at our Vancouver Island locations

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Nanaimo Customer Appreciation Day

Saturday June 1

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Nanaimo location
4388 Wellington Road

Full event details can be found here 

Join us for burgers, hot dogs and cake. Enter to win a barbeque.

We will be accepting food donations for Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank


WestShore Customer Appreciation Day

Saturday June 8

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WestShore location
1621 Island Highway

Full event details can be found here 

Join us for gourmet smokies on the BBQ with all the fixings. Enter to win a deluxe barbeque.


These Boxes Are Plotting Something

Monday, April 29th, 2013

It might just be my imagination.

Maybe I’ve been surrounded by boxes and packing supplies for too long now. Maybe I’m becoming too suspicious of things.

I know they are only boxes, but I just have this uneasy feeling that these boxes have been doing some scheming. If they had mustaches they would be twirling the ends while give a diabolical laugh.  Not sure what they are planning, but look at them. They are planning something….

What do you think?


Earth Day

Friday, April 19th, 2013

On April 22, people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. What will you be doing to connect to our planet? Here are some ideas to take in.

- Take a reusable mug to the coffee shop.
- Take transit, walk, or ride your bike to work or school.
- Clean up a local park or shoreline.
- Plant a vegtable garden.
- Get outside and enjoy Nature!

A New Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

A New Year arrives with new resolutions, new hopes, new dreams, new plans and optimism.

Each January we start off fresh, with a chance to accomplish more than we did last year, try something new or make a change. Unfortunately most of us who had good intentions on January 1st do not always follow through. A  study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of new years resolutions are successful.

Some helpful hints in succeeding are:

  • pick only 1 item to focus on, you can’t change the whole world at once
  • start small by breaking your resolutions down into smaller more manageable tasks

Organization is one resolution where you can try some creative solutions. Just because you have stored items away it doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and functional at the same time.

Using nice colourful accents help you to become more organized.


Look at this innovative table and chair design – the table and chairs fit right into the wall shelves saving space when not being used.

And since we are getting creative how about adding a slide-out bar under your stairs?

And of course you can always visit one of our 3 locations – White Rock/South Surrey, Victoria, or Nanaimo – and get yourself your very own storage locker where you can either stash away all the items you don’t have room for at hone or neatly organize all your things. It’s your choice we won’t judge.


Hamperville Nanaimo

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Every year U-Lock Mini Storage in Nanaimo is a drop off point for non perishable food items and cash donations for Hamperville Nanaimo. Please stop by our office with any donations you may have.

A little bit of information about Hamperville Nanaimo

Christmas Hampers Nanaimo is a community organization formed 9 years ago by the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and The Salvation Army of Nanaimo. We gather food and cash donations and distribute to the less fortunate in our community at Christmas time. Last year we served over 5,000 people and distributed some 2,300 hampers. This year we are expecting an equal number needed due to the sluggish economy. Visits to food banks and meal programs all across Canada have increased again this year!

The people of Nanaimo and area are very generous to us! Last year we received donations of over 57,000 kg of food and enough cash donations to purchase another $ 45,000.00 worth of fresh food items such as turkeys, chickens, hams, oranges, potatoes, carrots, bread, milk, cheese and eggs. We also had a substantial amount of non-perishable food left to feed people in the months following Christmas. Local food suppliers work with them to ensure we get the best value for our money.

All of our funding comes from generous community efforts such as yours and are critical to our success. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. All gifts are used for food purchases. We thank you for your participation and invite you to explore our website for more information.

Click here to see a list of the most wanted items for our hampers. This list will change from time to time during the season as we go. We also have “Tips on hosting a Food Drive” for those organizations and businesses wishing to do more. We also have an “ADOPT A HAMPER” program as well. Check it out!

Hamperville Nanaimo is located this year at 2560 Bowen Rd. (the old Madills building). Thanks to the generosity of the Laird/Wheaton GM Group, we again have a building and utilities donated for our use to help others.

Hamperville can be reached by phone at (250) 751-9780 or by e-mail at From the 19th of November until Christmas, a dedicated team of volunteers numbering about 300 people in total will collect, sort and distribute hampers to our community. Many of these volunteers also are hamper recipients. It is fun, rewarding and it needs to be done. Many local businesses partner up with us to help keep our operating costs down. We appreciate this very much!!