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#ExploreNanaimo Welcome – we’re glad you’re here! In the pages that follow you’ll discover more than 101 ideas on how to explore Nanaimo and region. We invite tourists, locals and visiting loved ones to follow our famous Nanaimo Bar Trail, dine dockside, touch pieces of fascinating mining history, admire local art or snorkel with our friendly harbour seals. Go island hopping, hike to our natural wonders and share your experiences with us by tagging Sean Fenzl/Tourism Nanaimo your images with #ExploreNanaimo and #ExploreBC hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. Chat with our enthusiastic #ExploreNanaimo Street Team at festivals, events and along the Harbourfront Walkway this summer. You can also connect with us on our social channels @TourismNanaimo. See you out there! Your Tourism Nanaimo Team

101 THINGS TO SEE AND DO NANAIMO REGION is an annual publication of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and Tourism Nanaimo. All content created by contributors except where noted. Contributors include Tamara Cunningham, Chris Bush, Greg Sakaki, Karl Yu, Nicholas Pescod and Rachel Stern. Publisher: Maurice Donn Sales: Sean McCue Editor: Melissa Fryer Production: Darrell Summerfelt CONTACT US: editor@nanaimobulletin.com or 250-753-3707 ON THE COVER: Hiking is popular among visitors and residents alike and offers rare and unique views of the Nanaimo area. Photo by Instagram @xshaydx.

Trans Canada Trail Hikers, trail runners, horseback riders and mountain bikers can roam 30 kilometres of almost unbroken wilderness trail.

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NANAIMO BAR TRAIL – Taste

this town’s tinkerings with its iconic treat. Laid down by Tourism Nanaimo, the trail plays no favourites, luring pilgrims with a list of coffee houses, bakeries and restaurants that mint the bar from recipes clinging to convention and other establishments that trampled tradition and proudly boast the offspring of their work. A brochure for the self-guided tour can be found at www.tourismnanaimo.com.

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SNORKELLING AND DIVING – Take a boat charter with Dive Outfitters or

Sundown Diving to snorkel with playful seal pups at Snake Island. If you are a certified diver, you can dive Nanaimo’s three artificial reefs – the HMCS Cape Breton, HMCS Saskatchewan near Snake Island, and the Rivtow Lion in Departure Bay. For local knowledge, call a dive shop or visit www.bcdive guide.com

Canadian Military History On Nanaimo’s dynamic waterfront Celebrating Canadian Military History and honouring the service of our armed forces, the RCMP and Merchant Navy both past and present. A visit to Nanaimo is not complete without a visit to the Vancouver Island Military Museum. Now in our 30th year.

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Take a ride on a catamaran 3 you are not going truly that far, but you really do just unwind and feel like you are in the Caribbean.” People can sail, or cruise on the Shadowfax, book private charters or hold bachelor parties and staff events on the vessel, and bring food, drink and music. “It’s amazing how many people have never seen Nanaimo from the water, or the harbourfront or the islands,” said Bongarts.

“When the sun is shining especially, they are lying there on the tarp with a cushion and they have their arm around their loved ones or the kids are lying there looking up at the sky ... it’s just magic,” he said. Vancouver Island Adventures.info will also offer hovercraft tours for the first time this season. For more information, please visit www.vancouverislandadventures.info.

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City. Shadowfax, an 5.4-metre wide catamaran, sailed into its first full year of service in 2015, giving tourists and residents a new way to explore Nanaimo’s coastline. When Hans Bongarts, co-owner with Vancouver Island Adventures.info, first looked for a niche in Nanaimo, he saw people were heading to places like Mount Washington and Tofino. The city has food, history, accommodate and a “wonderful waterfront,” but it hasn’t made Nanaimo a destination yet, said Bongarts, who wanted to offer something safe, environmentally responsible – and fun. The former Nanaimo Harbour Ferries operator says people can hop on board the catamaran for a custom experience, whether it means stopping for a swim off Newcastle Island or crabbing, sailing around Jessie Island or out toward Piper’s Lagoon. Excursions

can last from 90 minutes to eight hours and accommodate as many as 12 people. “We can tuck into a lot of places that conventional boats can’t go,” said Bongarts, who says he’ll also share the history of the area and let people hold the wheel. Chelsea Barr, destination marketing officer with Tourism Nanaimo, says it’s the only catamaran tour in Nanaimo and one that highlights the harbour and provides another thing to do within walking distance to downtown and accommodation. She was on board the boat twice last summer. The catamaran is quiet and more peaceful than a boat, has more of a tropical, Caribbean feeling and closer-to-the-water experience, said Barr, who found the best part, was lying on the mesh, listening to the water run underneath and soaking up the sun. “It was just a tiny little peaceful getaway minutes from the harbour,” she said. “You are still in a familiar place, you don’t have to spend a ton of money and

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he culinary landscape of Nanaimo is as rich as the community’s heritage. Visitors and residents can savour the sweet chocolaty treat named after the Harbour City, the Nanaimo bar, or taste island brews or vintages. While people can explore the culinary offerings themselves there are also Nanaimo businesses offering unique culinary experiences. Vancouver Island Expeditions offers, A Taste of Nanaimo – local food, craft beverages and estate winery tours. The locations are tailored to people’s appetites and are either a half-day tour or full-day excursion. Owner Leif Bogwald created the company in 2014. He was inspired by a trip he took with his wife, Jenn, to Belize. It was an eco-tour that also highlighted the country’s ethnic food. Besides tasting various creations, the visitors get to talk to the food and beverage creators and hear their stories and the passion. They get access to beers and vintages not available to the public. “You can’t just walk in off the street and have this kind of access,” said Bogwald. The tour rotates destinations among the Longwood Brewery, the Wolf Brewing Company, Arbutus Distillery, White Sales Brewing, St. Jean’s Cannery and Chateau Wolff Estate on the list of culi-

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Pirate Chips owner Angela Nodwell digs into a deep-fried Nanaimo bar.

nary hot spots. Bogwald also brings food from Cherub Chocolate, Bocca, Columbia Bakery and Pirate Chips. When people stop at Chateau Wolff Estate they learn the history of the winery from owners Natalie and Matt Riga. The winery, one of the oldest on Vancouver Island, was started by Henry von Wolff in the early 1990s. Growing their grapes organically is important to the Rigas to create a purer flavour and a safer environment for their daughter Siena. “We do 90 per cent of the work our-

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selves. We’re a family-run business,” said Natalie. Visitors are welcomed into Chateau Wolff’s tasting room to sample the estates white blend, pinot noir, syrah, chardonnay or rouge. Sometimes people also get to sample one of the blends aging in a barrel to get a preview of next year’s offerings. “Our wine is food friendly. It lends itself nicely to food,” she said. People with a sweat tooth can discover variations of the Nanaimo bar through the self-guided Nanaimo Bar trail. Businesses create everything from cocktail drinks to traditional fare. Pirate Chips created a deep-fried Nanaimo bar about 10 years ago. Owner Angela Nodwell said besides being featured on the brochure, the sweet treat has also been highlighted on several television shows and YouTube. “It’s really hard once you’ve had one of these to go back to a normal, regular Nanaimo bar,” she said. “The Nanaimo Bar Trail is huge.” The restaurant features 13 desserts with many deep-fried options and is willing to deep fry any chocolate bar for customers as long as it’s given to the chefs in the wrapper. Other companies that provide tours include Nanaimo Bites and Sights, Millstone Estate Winery and Yellow Point Cranberries.


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HBC BASTION AND CANNON FIRING – Nanaimo’s iconic Bas-

tion was originally built in 1853 by the Hudson’s Bay Company and is the last of the original free-standing HBC bastions. It is open to tour during the summer season daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tourism Nanaimo operates an information kiosk on the main floor. Watch the ceremonial cannon firing everyday at noon from May to September. ISLAND HOPPING – Only a short ferry ride will take you to

Newcastle Island Provincial and Marine Park, also known as the “jewel of the harbour.” The park is run by Snuneymuxw First Nations and has shower and washroom facilities. People can hike, swim, canoe and kayak on the island as well. Vistors can also take a 20-minute ferry ride to Gabriola Island is known for its thriving arts community and is aptly nicknamed “Isle of the Arts.” There’s more to Gabriola than just art. Kayak tours, secluded beaches, home of Malaspina Sandstone Galleries, scooter rentals, great dining, unique events and much more. Between Newcastle and Gabriola sits Protection Island, boasting the Dinghy Dock Pub, the only registered floating pub in Canada. For more on Protection Island, please see page 34.

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ARTISAN TOURS – To see some of the best artists liv-

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PADDLES UP – Rent a canoe, paddle board or kayak to chart your own adventure on fresh or salt water. You can also take lessons, guided tours and overnight trips from a variety of tour operators in the Nanaimo region. For paddling options, please visit TourismNanaimo.com/topten.

CRABBING – Get a licence and compete with resi-

dent seals for supper at local crabbing hot spots. One of the most popular places in Nanaimo to catch crab is the crabbing dock on the Harbourfront Walkway. You can also book a charter to go out with a guide. Visit TourismNanaimo.com to see fishing and crabbing charter companies.

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NATURAL WONDERS – Hike to

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Shop, dine or take in the culture of the charming downtown. The Downtown Business Improvement Association hosts six signature events each year. Visit www.dnbia.ca. EASTER SPRING FLING – The Easter Spring Fling, held in March at Diana Krall Plaza, features entertainment, crafts and a special visit with the Easter Bunny. MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL – A free, one-day street party celebrates the diversity of our community with food, dance and music on Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter in June. BATHTUB DAYS STREET FAIR – This two-day outdoor festival on Commercial Street corresponds with the Marine Festival and the Bathtub Races in July. The street closes to traffic for a parade, music and more activities. HARVEST FESTIVAL – The heart of the September festival is a street full of educational displays and interactive presentations around local food issues. DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREAT – Downtown Nanaimo businesses invite children to trick or treat at their establishments. SANTA FLY-IN – At Christmas, the streets are lit, you can watch Santa fly in on a float plane, visit his workshop and ride a horse-drawn trolley.

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NANAIMO MUSEUM – Start off your

exploration of Nanaimo by learning about how it all began. Nanaimo Museum offers a look at the city’s origins as a Snuneymuxw First Nation village before the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a trading post in the 1850s. Permanent exhibits detail the city’s transition from coal mining to forestry and beyond.

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HISTORIC GUIDED TOURS – Tours

are a great way to learn about Nanaimo’s history. Guided cemetery tours, hosted by Nanaimo Museum, take place in July and August with stories about our earliest residents. In October, Lantern Tours cover the darker side of Nanaimo’s history, while the Brother XII tour talks about one of Nanaimo’s most infamous residents. Please contact the Nanaimo Museum at 250-753-1821 for details.

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PETROGLYPH PARK – A two-hectare provincial park featuring prehistoric sandstone rock carvings depicting mystical animal and human figures. Parking lot is off the Island Highway between Haliburton Street and Highview Terrace just south of downtown Nanaimo.

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Located at Departure Bay Beach, a Snuneymuxw village site, the portal represents the significance of this traditional site of the Snuneymuxw people. The two eagles, which are Coast Salish, are universal in all First Nation cultures and represent strength and wisdom.

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FOSSILIZED PALM TREE – Palm trees

have been part of Nanaimo’s landscape for a long time. In 2008, during renovations to University Village mall at Bruce Avenue and Fifth Street construction workers dug up the fossilized remains of a palm tree. It’s now on display outside the mall.

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LOTUS PINNATUS – It was adopted in 2010 as Nanaimo’s official floral emblem. The rare flower, also known as the bog bird’s-foot trefoil, is located in only a handful of places in Canada – all in the Nanaimo area. The delicate bloom is best spotted at the Harewood Plains, located in south Nanaimo between White Rapids Road and McKeown Way.

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national historic place, the park is a 10-minute drive south from downtown Nanaimo on the Island Highway. A left turn onto Morden Road and three more minutes east takes you back a century to when Morden Colliery was a thriving, coal-producing mine. Morden’s surviving head frame and tipple loom up 23 metres – grey, formidable, and one of two such remaining above ground structures in North America. For more information please see www. mordenmine.com.

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WESTWOOD LAKE – This

local favourite offers a 6.2-km bark mulch trail around the lake with gorgeous views, rocky bluffs and access to Westwood Ridges where hikers or runners can find extended trails leading up the slopes of Mount Benson. In the warmer months, the sandy beach, with lifeguards on duty, makes for a great place for a swim.

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BEACH WALKS –

For anyone looking to explore the outdoors in a more leisurely fashion, Nanaimo offers a variety of beaches, from the rocky shores at Neck Point Park, Jack Point Park and Cable Bay to the fine sand at Newcastle Island and Piper’s Lagoon. The Blueback Road beach is popular among fitness buffs – but be prepared for more than two hundred stairs to the water.

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DEPARTURE BAY BEACH – Grab a snack and watch the fer-

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BIRD WATCH –

More than 250 bird species call the Nanaimo region home or return annually on migration routes. Buttertubs Marsh is a popular 18-hectare sanctuary and Morrell Sanctuary is an 111-hectare Nature Trust of B.C. site, providing 11 km of trails and opportunities for wildlife viewing. For other favourites, visit http://birding.bc.ca.

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is located on Nanaimo River Road just off the Island Highway. The park’s four main attractions include bungy jumping from a 46-metre high bridge over the Nanaimo River, using the Dragonfly zip lines, trying out a Primal Swing or meandering through the Monkido aerial adventure course. 

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WATER PARKS – Take the kids

to chill out on a hot summer day at the Kiwanis Bay Water Park located near Departure Bay beach, the Deverill Square Water Park on Irwin Street or Harewood Mining Community Water Park on Howard Avenue.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL – The beach

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FRESHWATER FISHING –

People from all over the world come to Nanaimo to fly fish some of the globe’s best streams and rivers, including the Nanaimo River. Fly fisherman are on the rivers year-round and many lakes are annually stocked. Call a retailer for the best fishing holes, or try Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association at 250-754-2846.

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NANAIMO RIVER SALMON HATCHERY –

October to December is the best time to visit the hatchery, but juvenile salmon can be seen in their outdoor channels until May. The public is welcome to use the walking trails. Turn on Beck Road just north of the Haslam Creek Bridge then go left on Rugby Road. Call 250-245-7780 or visit www.nanaimoriverhatchery.ca.

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This new channel, located in Bowen Park, is the perfect place for a stroll and to learn more about the environment we live in. Ducks, otters and beaver inhabit the channel year round, and late September through December are the best times to see coho salmon.

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LEARN TO SAIL – Sail or race

keelboats for fun or join a dinghy sailing team with Nanaimo Yacht Club. Visit www.nanaimoyc.ca or call 250-754-7011. Van Isle Sailing Co-op, a non-profit group, also owns sailboats and beginners can learn by crewing with experienced sailors. Visit www.vanislesailing.ca.


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NANAIMO CANOEKAYAK CLUB & ROWING CLUB –

These clubs hosts several regattas over the summer at Long Lake. They also host learn-topaddle programs. Visit www.nckc.ca and nanaimorowingclub.com. PLAYGROUNDS –

During July and August, playgrounds host free programs for children aged six to 12. Join in for games, sports and crafts. Call 250-7565200 and visit nanaimo.ca to view parks and trails map.

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RENT A BICYCLE – Hub City

Cycles and Pages Marina rent bicycles to adventurous folks looking to take advantage of our many beautiful bike trails, paved trails and road loops.

BOWLING – A great activity for rainy days. Brechin Lanes at 1870 East Wellington Rd. offers five-pin bowling with automatic lanes and scoring. Call 250-753-2341. Splitsville at 171 Calder Rd. offers 10-pin fun, call 250-754-2442.

RENT A SCOOTER – Tuff City Powersports on Terminal

Avenue rents scooters to tourists and locals alike for a fun and cheap way to get around town. Please visit www.tuffcitypowersports.com for rules and rates. Visitors to Gabriola can also rent scooters from Pages Marina in Silva Bay to get a new view of the island.

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A significant place Occupied by the Snuneymuxw people since time immemorial traditionally known as Saysutshun, Newcastle Island is a wonderous escape from the bustling urban centre of Nanaimo, just a ten minute foot ferry ride across the harbour. Enjoy the natural beauty, 22 km of trails, tours, camping, watersports, marina, picnic area, beaches and cafe with traditional salmon BBQ. For a truly unique catered event, the Historic Newcastle Pavilion is an ideal location.

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KIDS’ SCAVENGER HUNT OR ANIMAL BINGO – Check in

with the firearms inspector at Cabela’s to pick up your activity sheets. Learn about the animals as you go and if completed and returned, kids get a prize. Or check out the extensive list of store events, including Ladies Day Out Archery Range, Camping Tent Set-up 101, Knot Tying with a Pro, Kids Fishing Pool and more. HAVE YOUR TEA LEAVES READ – Calico Cat Tea House does 10,

20 or 30-minute readings with an experienced reader, offering home-cooked meals in a heritage building. Lobelia’s Lair in the Old City Quarter also books Intuitive readings and astrology chart readings if you want to reach deep into your psyche. SEE A MOVIE – Nanaimo has several big-screen theatres with comfortable seating and surround sound. For the latest releases, visit the Galaxy Theatre at Nanaimo North Town Centre at 250-729-8000 and Avalon Cinema at Woodgrove Centre at 250-390-5021.

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SHOPPING –

Nanaimo has no shortage of shopping malls to keep people entertained if the weather is less than perfect. Vancouver Island’s largest mall, Woodgrove Centre, is located in the north end of the city with department stores like Wal-Mart and Hudson’s Bay Company. Following the highway south, you’ll find Nanaimo North Town Centre and Canadian Tire, Country Club Centre, and Port Place Shopping Centre in the downtown core.

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Vancouver Island Regional Library, grab a book, kick back and enjoy. The library also offers summer reading programs for children. For programs, call 250-753-1154 (Harbourfront), 250758-5544 (Wellington) or 250-758-4697 (Nanaimo North).

BINGO – Get out

your dabbers and head for Harbour City Bingo at 520 Fifth St. It boasts the largest bingo prize board on Vancouver Island. Call 250-754-1421 or visit www.harbourcitybingo.com. GAMBLING –

Casino Nanaimo in the downtown core has plenty of options for bettors. With more than 1,579 square metres of gaming floor, it has 380 slot machines and your favourite table games.

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NIGHTCLUBS –

Once the sun goes down, it’s time to dance the night away. The Queen’s hosts live music almost every night, with the latest Top 40 hits played by local and guest DJs at Level 2 and Koncept. SING A SONG – There’s no

shortage of open mike nights, including The Vault Café on Wallace Street, on Wednesday nights, and Serious Coffee on Commercial Street, on Thursday nights.

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FESTIVAL NANAIMO – This

community festival takes place throughout March and includes live music, performance art, visual art and activities such as walking tours and dine-abouts as well as Pirate Fest family fun day. For all events, visit www.festivalnanaimo. com.

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ISLAND FANTASY BALL – The

Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society hosts the annual ballroom dance competition May 7-8 at Beban Park. Competitors come from all over the world to compete in categories from novice to international level. Spectators can even do a little dancing themselves during the breaks. For information, please visit http://islandfantasyball.com.

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SILLY BOAT REGATTA – The

2016 Silly Boat Regatta is on Sunday, July 17 at Maffeo Sutton Park. Boat building starts at 8 a.m., activities and games start at 10 a.m. and races begin at 1 p.m. The regatta is a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre. Participants have four hours to assemble a floating concoction of craziness. To register or volunteer visit the website at www.sillyboat.com.

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Crowds from across the Island come to see the livestock exhibition with music, carnival rides, games and other events at Nanaimo’s annual agricultural fair at the Beban Park fairgrounds Aug. 19-21. Visit www.viex.ca.

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CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS – On July 1 at

Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo celebrates Canada and its diversity with all kinds of music, food, entertainment and family events. Call 250-756-5200 or visit www.nanaimo. ca for more information on activities planned for Canada’s birthday.

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Bite of Nanaimo brought to you by Theatre One, Nanaimo Wine Festival and more celebrate growing, cooking and harvesting food in October. Visit TourismNanaimo.com to see events listings.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL – The 2016 Save-On-Foods

Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival July 8-10 attracts some 30,000 people and more than 80 teams, all to help the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. Go cheer! www.nanaimodragonboat.com.

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PORT THEATRE – Nanaimo’s 800-seat performing arts centre is located at 150 Front St., with more than 250 scheduled events each year, including ballet, theatre and music to suit all tastes. Call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com for a full description of upcoming performances.

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GREAT INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE –

Nanaimo’s first bathtub race was a publicity stunt – now it’s internationally renowned. Originally a crazy idea to celebrate Canada’s centennial and put Nanaimo on the map, the first Bathtub races were held in 1967. Now, Nanaimo is the bathtubbing capital of the world and host to the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race, the main event in Marine Festival, a four-day event in downtown Nanaimo July 21-24. For a schedule of events, please visit www.bathtubbing.com.

NANAIMO THEATRE GROUP – The community theatre group owns the 175-seat Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road and stages four to five productions annually, including its traditional pantomime at Christmas. Call 250-758-7246 or go to www.nanaimotheatregroup.com for a list of current performances. SUMMERTIME BLUES – This annual August music festival headlines some fantastic talent from all across Canada and the U.S. in Maffeo Sutton Park. With an unbeatable backdrop of Nanaimo Harbour, close to dining and accommodation in downtown Nanaimo, this festival should not be missed. For more information, visit www.nanaimobluesfestival. com.

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hen the temperatures start to heat up and sunlight becomes a regular fixture in the sky, musicians of all styles come out to play in Nanaimo. There are no shortage of family friendly outdoor concerts that take place during the summer months in the Harbour City. Each year, the City of Nanaimo hosts its annual Summer Concerts in the Park series. The weekly concerts are held throughout July and August and are a great way for residents to indulge in free live entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting. Concerts are held in the evening hours at the Bowen Park amphitheatre in July and at Maffeo Sutton Park’s Lions Pavilion in August. Summer Concerts in the Park originally began more than a decade ago as a live music event for seniors and was held Bowen Park. The series has grown into a popular annual event that offers residents the opportunity

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to experience free live performances from all kinds of musical acts. Past performers include Rain Hamilton, Michael Wood Band and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. Starting in June, the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association, in partnership with CHLY Radio, hosts the annual China Steps concert series.

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The free weekly concert encourages people to get out of the office, pack a lunch and take in live music at Lois Lane. On concert days various downtown restaurants offer “to-go” lunch specials as a way to encourage attendance. “You can’t beat a live concert outdoors enjoying your lunch,” said Jane Vinet, marketing and event

coordinator for the DNBIA. “It’s a great mental break from your day. You take either your brown bag or you pick up lunch to take out and you walk down to this lovely location and you can watch some amazing musicians.” Often referred to as the Lois Lane Lunch Break, the concert series runs until the end of August and typically features musicians from Nanaimo and surrounding areas. Past musicians to perform include The Big Mess, Butts Giraud and Andre Kauffman. For an entire day in August, Maffeo Sutton Park is transformed into a massive concert setting for the annual Symphony by the Sea. Hosted by the Vancouver Island Symphony, the free musical event is directed by Calvin Dyck and features performances by the symphony and prominent guests artists. Over the years the one-day event has become a staple in the community, attracting roughly 4,000 visitors each year. 

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Harbour City residents and visitors needn’t worry about spending piles of money on leisure activity – there are still things in life that are free. Nanaimo has a reputation for its temperate climate and this leads to a number of options. Deborah Beck, City of Nanaimo recreation coordinator, says there are a number of places for free recreational activities in Nanaimo. “We have the outdoor fitness areas at Beban Park ... and up at Oliver Woods,” Beck said. “We have all of our outdoor spaces. So our tennis courts, outdoor pickleball courts. I always talk about our disc golf out in Bowen Park. That’s a free one, where you can borrow the discs to go disc golfing.” If you have a kite, heading to Piper’s Lagoon Park is the thing to do because of the wind, according to Beck. It doesn’t cost anything to ride bikes along the E&N or Parkway trails, provided you have a bike and gear.

Play a free activity Disc golf is a free activity open to residents and visitors alike.

The city has trails for people to hike, including ones with interpretive signage. Their purpose is to educate. “All of them have little interpretive information placards, so that you can learn a little bit about

nature when you’re walking through these different parks, so Neck Point has some, Oliver Woods has a really great one that’s geared a little bit more to kids,” Beck said. She also pointed to Bowen

Park, which has signage that deals with the salmon cycle. There is a side channel that runs through the park and curious hikers can discover why the channel is there and learn about the life cycle of a salmon. The parks and recreation department has its Search for the Golden Bucket hunt in the summer months, which doesn’t cost a penny. It allows families to use their brains, while getting active and checking out the parks and playgrounds. Weekly clues are posted online and at recreation facilities in Nanaimo. People follow the clues and find the bucket, which contains a question. People who submit the right answer are then eligible to win a prize. There are playgrounds for parents to take children, including Harewood Centennial Park, which has new playground equipment. Families looking to cool down during the height of the summer heat can head to Departure Bay, Deverill Square, Harewood and Mansfield parks for their water park equipment.

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YELLOW POINT DRAMA GROUP – The oldest

theatre group in Western Canada. Based at the Cedar Community Hall, the group offers its popular dinner theatre. For shows and dates, please contact 250-245-7882.

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the direction of Pierre Simard, the Vancouver Island Symphony has been recognized for its contribution to culture in Nanaimo. The symphony presents roughly eight shows per season, featuring music from Beethoven to the Beatles. Visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com.

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many local artists provide art galleries with a variety of styles to admire. Check out renovated gallery space at Nanaimo Art Gallery on Commercial Street; Hills Native Art on Bastion Street; Gallery Row in the Old City Quarter; or one of the public art installations in Maffeo Sutton Park. MALASPINA CHOIR – Under the direc-

tion of Lionel Tanod, the Malaspina Choir has performed in Nanaimo for more than 40 years. The group stages concerts throughout the year. Visit www.malaspinachoir.com.

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MALASPINA MURAL – Located in the Van-

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FESTIVAL OF BANNERS – Artists

create banners on a common theme and they are displayed on street lamps throughout the city from May to October every year. BUSKERS – Live music

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LISTEN FOR CHIMES –

They’re coming from either the waterfront clock by the Port Theatre or St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Chapel Street. NANAIMO BOAT SHOW – The second annual

event has doubled in size for the March 31-April 3 show at Waterfront Suites and Marina. In addition to boats for every budget on display, the show also has activities for kids and families. Visit www. nanaimoboatshow.com.

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DOCKSIDE DINING –

You won’t get much closer to the waterfront than this. Trollers Fish and Chips and Penny’s Palapa in the Boat Basin (open summer months), plus the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Island (open year round family friendly), offer a variety of tastes with unbeatable atmosphere.

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FARMERS’ MARKETS –

A relaxing way to find some of the Island’s freshest produce, food and crafts is its markets. The Bastion Waterfront Market is open May to October on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. The Cedar Farmers’ Market, open from mid-May to October, can be found at 2313 Yellow Point Rd. The Bowen Road Farmers’ Market will take place from 4-7 p.m. late May to early October every Wednesday at Beban Park. Markets are also available on Gabriola Island on Saturday and in Lantzville on Sunday.

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CORN MAZE – A fall

family fun staple, McNab’s Corn Maze is a three-hectare farm located at 4659 Yellow Point Rd. The maze usually starts up around mid-August. You can also ride the tractor to the pumpkin patch and visit a few farm animals. Visit www.mcnabscornmaze.com for more information.

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CRANBERRIES –

Across the street from the corn maze at Yellow Point Cranberries you can pick up fresh cranberries, homemade preserves and other cranberry concoctions for your fall feasts. Visit Yellowpointcranberries.com.

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AFTERNOON HIGH TEA – The Grand

Hotel offers a lovely afternoon tea service. In the summer enjoy house-made blackcurrent scones with and Devonshire clotted cream, miniature sandwiches and pastries, and your choice of 16 varieties of international loose-leaf teas.

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UNIQUE DINING –

Nanaimo has a wide variety of culinary options. Enjoy sushi in Nanaimo’s first fire hall, have appies in a lighthouse or eat burgers in a restored train station. Visit www.tourismnanaimo.com.

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wood Brew Pub at Longwood Station has beer on tap to enjoy with a meal. Wolf Brewing Co., on Old Victoria Rd., offers tastings and White Sails Brewery offers snacks in its taproom on Comox Road.

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WINERIES – Chateau Wolff Estate and Millstone both offer samples of their wine made from Nanaimogrown grapes. Summer months also see live music at the vineyards. SEE BISON – Buf-

falo Bob opens his 96-hectare ranch between June and October where people can get up close and personal with bison and their calves and listen to Buffalo Bob’s adventures with bison. The ranch is 10 kilometres south of Nanaimo at 1185 Spruston Rd.

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URBAN WILDLIFE –

Deer, eagles, ravens and other animals can be viewed all across Nanaimo region. At the harbourfront, be sure to look for the city’s resident seal, Lucy. You’ll often find her begging treats from fishermen at the crabbing dock, near the seaplane terminal.

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Trinity Catholic Church 250-390-2612 • 6234 Spartan Rd

In the Catholic tradition of the Apostles we invite you to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, our source of strength & spiritual life. Jesus is truly present with us in Holy Mass. Everyone is welcome to our celebrations Saturdays at 6pm, Sundays at 8am or 9am, Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays to Fridays at 9am. There’s also a family/youth mass every third Saturday of the month. Adoration is every Friday at 9:30am, the Rosary is at 8:30am Tuesday to Friday, & El Shaddai is every first Saturday of the month. www.trinitynanaimo.ca

St. Andrew’s United Church

250-753-1924 • 311 Fitzwilliam St. Built in 1893, St. Andrew’s has 122 years of service to the community of Nanaimo. We hold traditional church services accompanied by our pipe organ and choir. We are a friendly, welcoming church offering tea and coffee after church. We have a Sunday School for children and teens, a thrift shop offering household goods and clothes and an Outreach program.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church 250-753-3570 • 301 Machleary St.

Founded in 1854 as a missionary parish, St. Peter’s continues to serve the Catholic Community of Nanaimo. We warmly welcome all to come and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with us. Mass times are Tues & Fri 7pm; Wed & Thurs 9am; Sat 9am & 5pm; Sun 8:30am, 10:30am & 7pm. Come and spend an hour with the Lord. Adoration 24hrs a day, 7am Mon until 6:50pm Fri. www.stpetersnanaimo.ca

Trinity United Church

250-753-3570 • 6234 Spartan Road Minister Foster Freed Regular Sunday worship at 11:00 am. All are welcome. For more information go to our website.

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Hope Lutheran Church ELCIC 250-758-1232 • 2174 Departure Bay Rd We are a friendly and welcoming congregation striving to be a positive force in our community. Our mission is to live Christ’s teachings and share them with others; to nurture and strengthen spiritual growth and to embody Christ in the world. We invite you to join us on Sunday at 8:30am Reflective Service or 10am Family Service.

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Brechin United Church

Calvary Fellowship Nanaimo

Brechin United Church is an inclusive congregation rooted in God’s call. Our outreach focus is to provide hospitality and to meet the needs of our local community.  You will experience us as welcoming and open to the beliefs and questions of all who enter our doors.  Come and explore your faith and spiritual yearning with us.

At Calvary Fellowship our desire is to know God and His purposes for us. To do that we carefully study week by week chapter by chapter, the most popular and most widely read book of all time, God’s handbook for humanity, the Bible. We invite you to come and join us as we learn God’s word, fellowship and worship God together!

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St. Paul’s Anglican

Woodgrove Christian Community

250-753-2523 • 29 Church Street

250-390-3679 • 7244 Lantzville Rd, Lantzville

1998 Estevan Rd. 250-754-9212

Proclaiming God’s love and the faith of Christ crucified and resurrected through Christ centered music, preaching and liturgy. We welcome you to join us in knowing Jesus Christ as Saviour and Friend. A spiritual oasis in the middle of the city.

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First Baptist Church 250-753-0241 • 1650 Waddington Rd. Established in 1889. First Baptist Church’s vision is “To Know Christ... and Make Him Known.” Guests are welcome at our two Sunday morning Worship Services at 9 am and 11 am.

www.fbcnanaimo.ca

250-729-0698 • 1951 Estevan Rd., (Ecolee Ocean School)

Welcome to Nanaimo! WCC is a small community of regular folk gathered by the grace of an exceptional God. We meet at 10:00am each Sunday to connect with God and each other. Our worship seeks to be reflective and inspiring, equipping us to live life to the full. Join us for a Sunday or for a season of life.

We hope to see you soon!

St. Mary the Protectress Orthodox Church 250-816-3329 • 594 Karls Way

A very active Orthodox community; we have service every Sunday at 10:00 am with a fellowship to follow. All of our services are served in a traditional Orthodox style, and bilingually in Ukrainian and English. Come and join us for service or our monthly perogy dinner on the last Friday of every month. For any questions call Fr. Chad Pawlyshyn Parish Priest.

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hen it comes to outdoor recreation, the Nanaimo region has a strong connection to the rest of Canada through the Trans Canada Trail. B.C. Ferries’ Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo is the starting point for the Trans Canada Trail’s final leg to its western terminus in Victoria. Over the years, trail builders in the Regional District of Nanaimo have stitched together trail segments from city streets and park paths to wilderness trek routes and logging roads to create a continuous link to the regional district’s southern border with Cowichan Valley Regional District on Timberlands Road near Ladysmith. Starting at Harewood Mines Road, hikers, trail runners, horseback riders and mountain bikers today can roam on 30 kilometres of almost unbroken wilderness trail. The route’s higher elevations sections the Extension Ridge Trail section above Nanaimo and the more southerly White Pine Trail overlooking Cassidy and Timberlands offer stunning views of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands and coastal and Island mountain ranges. The beauty of the vistas are matched by the thrills of technical challenges for mountain bikers and horseback riders on both the Trans Canada Trail and networks of interconnecting wilderness trails along the route. Virtually all of the trails are cut on Island Timberlands, which allows public access to its private forest lands that are not under active logging operations. “We do have the ability to use it for trail purposes, thanks in part, to the agreement with Island Timberlands, which is to allow such use, which is appreciated, but it does allow for closures for forestry use and even relocations as well,” said Tom Osborne, Regional District of Nanaimo general manager of recreation and parks. The section of Trans Canada Trail from Harewood Mines to Timberlands roads as we know it today was opened in 2001. In 2002, the RDN cut the ribbon officially opening the Haslam Creek suspension bridge, which spans the gap over beautiful Haslam Creek Canyon. Those who follow the trail north are led around Timberlands Lake, Blind Lake and McKay Lake or they can

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opt to stay high and dry and follow the White Pine Ridge Trail to the trail head at the top of Spruston Road near McKay Lake. Continuing further north leads to the Nanaimo River, but with no bridge, adventurers must detour several kilometres down Spruston Road to the Trans Canada Highway and then back on the north side of the Nanaimo River on Nanaimo River Road to a parking area at the Pipeline Trail, popular with mountain bikers and horseback riders, which leads north through the former coal mining community of Extension and finally to the Extension Ridge Trail. Plans to bridge the Nanaimo River by 2017 have been put on hold and there is no clear date when a bridge spanning the Nanaimo River to connect the Trans Canada Trail might be built.

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hen Shelia Norgate was a young adult living in Toronto and climbing the corporate ladder, she had no interest in the arts. But when she encountered a health crisis in her early 30s, everything changed. “I got very, very sick and I had to look at my life,” Norgate said.  Her health problems resulted in intestinal surgery. During the recovery process, she began painting watercolours as a way to pass the time and express herself. “It came out of me organically,” she said. “I am selftaught so it was like I need to express myself and come out of myself in a way.” Eventually, Norgate left the corporate world and moved to Gabriola Island, becoming a full-time artist. Today, she makes a living purely from her paintings, which often feature dogs and other animals.   Norgate’s is one of the countless stories that people can hear on the annual Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour, which she has been a part of since its inception in 1996.  “This tour is an unbelievable opportunity to plug into something that is so well-organized,” Norgate

said. “It is a well-oiled machine.” Organized by the Gabriola Arts Council, the Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour, which takes place during the October long weekend, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The 2016 tour includes 74 artists, including 14 new ones.  Alina Cerminara, events coordinator for the arts council, said more events than usual are planned in an effort to celebrate the anniversary, adding that this year’s tour will also be more interactive.  “We are going to have several events going on that weekend. It’s already a jammed-packed weekend and with over 60 studios to visit, you can fill up your time and probably not get to all of them. In the evenings, there will be events as well, whether its concerts, plays or large gatherings,” Cerminara said. “We are also doing extra things such as having a passport, where you can win prizes by visiting various studios. It’s a bit more participatory.”  The Gabriola studio tour is a perfect opportunity for people to interact and learn from the island’s countless artists, as well as explore the island itself. 

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“[The artists] all really want to share what it is that they do,” Cerminara said. “You get to have a really great one-on-one talk with these really talented, lovely artists. Since it ranges hugely between mediums, every studio is vastly different.” The tour also provides a nice break from the solitary

Visit an artist routine that most artists, such as Norgate, are accustomed to having. “It is wonderful because we work alone,” she said. “It is a chance for me to show the world what it is I am doing, at least physically. It is very different when they are physically standing beside you and they can see the surface.”

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Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club

250-754-2846 • 1325 Nanaimo Lakes Rd.

250-729-6498 (David) • 500 Bowen Rd

Looking for a healthy outdoor sporting activity that is fun, easy to learn, designed for individual, family or group participation? Why not try Lawn Bowling? Don’t miss our Spring Open Houses April 9, 16 & 23, 1-4pm. For more info on the game, free lesson opportunities, contact David or visit:

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The Nanaimo Fish and Game Club is one of BC’s premier Conservation and Environmental Protection organizations with some of the finest Archery and Shooting Programs and facilities available. Adult and Junior Members enjoy Archery, Black Powder, Rifle, Handgun and Shotgun Programs. Also: Open to the Public.

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Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society

L’association des Francophones de Nanaimo

Do you love to dance? Or want to learn to dance? We offer fun, social ballroom dances monthly, dinner dances, weekly practices, plus free dance workshops! Find out about the Island Fantasy Ball and Dance Camps.

Bienvenue tout le monde! Welcome to Nanaimo’s fun group! Experience the joie de vivre of Francophone culture: great people, activities and food, upbeat music, energetic dancing, and memorable cultural events for Francophones and Francophiles of all ages. We would like to thank our Government Partners: Canadian Heritage, B.C. Gaming, and City of Nanaimo.

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Nanaimo Curling Club 250-753-3474 • 106 Wall Street

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hen the Protection Island’s ladies auxiliary group knocked on Danny Muhi’s door, they had one demand: cover the carving. An appromixately fourmetre high, endowed statue of a naked man stood on his yard, in the middle of the island, one of dozens of carvings he’d become known for. Once the ladies left, he set out to cover it, nailing a piece of plywood on the statue’s head. The group returned a few days later and said no, they wanted him to cover all of it. So he painted the man red. The tale is tied to a red statue, nicknamed Charlie, that’s now been decommissioned because of rot. “That’s the kind of stuff that happens here more than not,” said Protection Island museum curator Rick Scott, a Juno Award-nominated songwriter. The pirate-themed residential neighbourhood is just a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo, and home to about 350

year-round residents. The population swells in the summertime. It’s best known for the Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant, a floating eatery that’s become a destination for people who want to listen to live music, or dine with a panorama of the harbour. Kayakers paddle up to Dinghy Dock in the summertime and passengers can have a meal before hopping back on the ferry. But the Island is also a hub of history and character. Twenty museum exhibits have come from community residents, like Muhi, Scott said. The 73-hectare island is a neighbourhood of Nanaimo, and if not for its moat, Scott says it might be like any other community in the city. But it’s not. People drive electric golf carts around the island and there’s no public transportation, garbage collection or public washrooms. The island has its share of history, as the site where two aboriginal men were hung after the first jury

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trial under English law on the West Coast, a coal mine accident where 16 men died, and the explosion of the SS Oscar. It’s still a mystery where the ship, carrying explosives, ran aground. Protection Island was home to Happyland, a family-run resort, that offered cabins, a store and pavilion, before it got its pirate character. In 1959, the island was purchased for development by Nanaimo Realty Limited and Nanaimo Properties Ltd., headed by late Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney. It took on a Treasure-Island theme, with Billy Bones and

Long John Silver bays and streets like Captain Morgan’s Boulevard and Captain Kidds Terrace. “We still have the posters that advertise $8 down and $8 a month you could have a property and for I think $800 they’d put a house on it for ya,” said Scott. Locals don’t consider the island a tourist attraction, because of the lack of public washrooms, but there’s a heron colony close to Pirates Park and near the pub, and a museum and library on the southern tip. It takes 45 minutes to walk around Protection Island.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING –

World-class mountain biking can be found just minutes from downtown Nanaimo. Technical singletrack at the Abyss, near the top of Harewood Mines Road, offers challenging climbs, rocket-fast downhills and switchbacks to test rider skills. Visit www.nanaimomountainbikeclub.com.

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MOTOCROSS –

Nanaimo is home to one of Canada’s premier motocross tracks at The Wastelands, operated by the Nanaimo Motocross Association, which hosts Island Series races annually.

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RIDE BMX – The Marie

Davidson BMX Park at Beban Park has its ups and downs, and that’s a good thing. Regular races go Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Visit www.bmxcanada.org/tracks/1483.

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BASEBALL – Serauxmen Stadium houses the Nanaimo Pirates of the B.C. Premier Baseball League, the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners of the Canadian College Baseball Conference and the Nanaimo Coal Miners senior men’s team.

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LACROSSE – Nanaimo Timbermen of the senior A Western Lacrosse Association and the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League play at Frank Crane Arena in the summer. Over at the Nanaimo Ice Centre you’ll find the Nanaimo DBL Timbermen senior B lacrosse team.

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Vancouver Island Raiders of the Canadian Junior Football League are nearly unbeatable at home in Caledonia Park, taking the provincial conference championship in 2013.

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Beban Park’s pool features a 61-metre waterslide, leisure pool and interactive play features. Nanaimo Aquatic Centre has it all – a 52-metre pool, three water slides, a leisure pool, wave pool, steam room, hot tub, lazy river, spacious weight room and café.

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INDOOR CLIMBING -

The Romper Room indoor climbing centre has 7,500 square feet of surface area at the Boban Road gym with countless climbs, using three basic methods of top roping, lead climbing and bouldering.

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RUNNING – There are five popular running routes in Nanaimo. The Harbourside Walkway, Westwood Lake trail loop, Parkway Trail, E&N Trail and the Jack Point/Biggs Park route.

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Paddle to Shack Island

ear the shores of Piper’s Lagoon lies Shack Island, a small mysterious place where dozens of brightly painted wooden shacks populate its rugged terrain. It’s a place that remains relatively uninhabited and its full history isn’t quite as clear as the waters that surround it. “It is not something that is talked about a lot,” said Christine Meutzner, archivist at the Nanaimo Community Archives. “It is so picturesque and pretty and everything, but it is not something that you read about often.” Shack Island is situated near the Piper’s Lagoon spit and can be reached by canoe, kayak, boat and by walking, as long as the tide is low enough. The cabins have no running water or electricity and although it is extremely close to Nanaimo, the island falls under the jurisdiction of the provin-

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cial government. Originally named Neil Island in honour of the man who constructed the first shack way back in 1890, Shack Island was once

ing quarters for sailors and whalers. However, shortly before the start of the First World War, the Pacific Whaling Company relocated from

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Nanaimo and the majority of shacks were ripped down. During the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, Shack Island experienced a wave of inhabitants, thanks to the economic downturn caused by the Great Depres-

sion. Due to the island’s status as provincial crown land, it became an attractive option for miners, fishermen, loggers and their families wanting to save money. By the end of the 1930s, there were approximately 25 shacks on the island.  Following the 1930s, the cabins on Shack Island were used as summer vacation homes by those looking to escape city life. Among the many people who spent time on Shack Island was a Finnish man named Matt Luoma, who, along with his sons, manufactured small rowboats using cedar planking from driftwood logs, oak and other materials. Today, Shack Island is seldom used as a vacation spot and not much has changed over the years. Some of the shacks have been repainted and refurbished, while others have simply blended right into the island’s rustic landscape. 


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Bed and breakfasts offer many of the same amenities as hotels – beds and bathroom facilities – and an Internet search yields a number of well-received establishments in the Harbour City. Marilyn and Glenn McKnight own and operate MGM Seashore Bed and Breakfast on Fillinger Crescent, offering 20 selections on a menu that changes all the time. Marilyn said she offers homemade breads, muesli cereal, as well as granola, yogurt and juices. Glenn makes coffee, including cappuccino, lattes and espresso. “If we have something like local berries and waffles, whip cream ... with a coulis sauce, then we’ll have something savoury, like a seafood omelette, vegetable omelette,” said Marilyn. “We’re experimenting with gluten-free waffles now ... Marilyn bakes eggs and ham, so they’re like a muffin, with cheese and things on it, eggs and spinach,” said Glenn. Ingvar Vikan and wife Ania Janaszak own and operate

The Pine and Picket Bed and Breakfast on Drake Street, close to Departure Bay ferry terminal, and seeing as Ania is a trained chef, breakfasts are more than continental. “Ania does eggs Benedict. It’s one of her most favourite dishes ... she does it the real way – the boiling water, the bit of vinegar and in goes the egg – none of this fancy little cup thing that makes it easy,” said Ingvar. On top their breakfast menus, MGM and Pine and Picket both rely on scenery as a selling point. MGM has scenic view of the ocean, including in its honeymoon suite room, and guests can head down to the beach. Pine and Picket has scenic gardens in its backyard and a view of Newcastle Island and the waterfront. Both bed and breakfast establishments try to point guests in the direction of local sites and businesses. “We try to help people as much as we can, so they have a good experience,” Glenn and Marilyn McKnight, owners and operators of MGM Seashore said Ingvar. Bed and Breakfast, peruse a guestbook.

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has several camping opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out Living Forest Ocean-side Campground, Mountainaire, Rondalyn Resort, Brannen Lake and Westwood Lake campgrounds.

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TENNIS – Beban and

Bowen parks feature six public tennis courts that operate on a first-come, firstserve basis. Bowen also has three nighttime token-operated courts. Tokens cost $8 per hour from park offices or Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

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GOLF – Played in Nanaimo almost year round and with seven local courses, there is no shortage of options. The courses include Nanaimo Golf Club, Fairwinds, Gabriola, Cottonwood, Pryde Vista, Eagle Quest and Winchelsea View and Beban Park.

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SKATEBOARD – The

Nanaimo Skate Bowl can be found on the corner of Comox Road and Wall Street while the Pioneer Skatepark can be found on Dover Road and Cedar skatepark on Walsh Road.

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LAWN BOWLING –

Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club offers a healthy outdoor sport that’s easy to learn. Visit www.nanaimolawnbowling.com

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FIRST NATIONS CULTURE – From Petro-

glyph Park to the Departure Bay portal, Snuneymuxw culture is all around us. To learn more, visit Nanaimo Museum, Newcastle Island or www.snuneymuxw.ca.

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DOG SHOW – Nanaimo

Kennel Club hosts its annual show June 18-19 at Beban Park. Visit www. nanaimokennelclub.ca.

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hether its the roar of a single or twin-engine turbo prop or the wicked sound of a helicopter, coming and going from the Harbour City has never been more thrilling. There are plenty of seaplane options to chose from in Nanaimo with companies such as Harbour Air and Seair Seaplanes. Harbour Air, one of the largest all-seaplane airlines in the world, has daily scheduled flights to downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport from Nanaimo’s downtown harbour. It also offers a range of stunning seaplane tours, including the Sunshine Coast that provides passengers with incredible views of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island. For $129 per adult or $65 per child, passengers are given a nearly twohour bird’s eye view of the South Coast. The tour is available throughout the year. Seair Seaplanes has 12 scheduled flights from Departure Bay to downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport. Certified by Transport Canada and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Seair’s speciality is in charter flights to destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest, including destinations in Washington. “Seaplane travel is not just for business but it is also for leisure as well,” said Sherry Staal, Vancouver harbour base manager for Seair. Flying in Canada isn’t always cheap, but fortunately there are options for travellers looking to save a few dollars. Continued / 42

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The best way to save money with Seair is to book online, where individuals can save up to $16 per round-trip flight. The company’s super saver web fares can net travellers more than $20 in savings on flights to Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport. High school, postsecondary students and seniors over the age of 65, can save 50 per cent off the price of a oneway ticket with Harbour Air’s standby fare. The discount only applies to students and seniors who show up to the Harbour Air terminal on the day they wish to fly. Meanwhile, Harbour Air offers online discounts for its regularly scheduled service and frequent flyers can save more than 10 per cent with the pur-

chase of Quick Tickets, a book of 10 one-way tickets. For those looking for a different type of flying experience, there is no better option than taking a helicopter. Since 2014, Helijet has been flying from the Nanaimo Port Authority’s cruise ship terminal with weekly service to downtown Vancouver. Rick Hill, vicepresident of commercial and business programs with Helijet, said one of the biggest differences is that helicopters are able to fly during the night. Helijet flies to Vancouver seven times a day from Monday to Friday. Fares range from $109$129 one-way, while seniors over 65 pay $97 for a one-way ticket. The first child traveling with an adult is free, while

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