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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN NANAIMO So just how many things are there to see and do in Nanaimo, anyway? Here's the right answer: the possibilities are endless. That said, we've come up with a list of 101 again this year and we hope it's helpful in inspiring you to experience some more of what the Harbour City has to offer.

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome visitors and residents to Snuneymuxw traditional territory. We are pleased to share the beauty and bounty of the land and resources that our Snuneymuxw people have called home since time immemorial. Snuneymuxw First Nation is located in the centre of the vibrant Coast Salish territory on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Snuneymuxw is one of the largest First Nations in B.C. with a population of approximately 2,000 Snuneymuxw citizens. Snuneymuxw territory encompasses one of the most productive and resource rich areas at the heart of the Salish Sea. We are one of the few First Nations that have a pre-Confederation treaty with the Crown – called the Douglas Treaty of 1854. In this context, Snuneymuxw First Nation is striving to create opportunities that respect the Douglas Treaty, fulfill Snuneymuxw principles and potential as individuals and families. Snuneymuxw perceive tourism and tourism-related activities as being central to the reconciliation and recognition of Snuneymuxw culture and way of life. It is also a provision of significant employment and educational opportunities for the Snuneymuxw people and local community. We invite our visitors to have the opportunity to learn more about our shared history, Snuneymuxw way of life and our collective vision for the future. The special memories you garner of Nanaimo and the surrounding lands will last a lifetime. We welcome you back to our territory in the future. - Erralyn Thomas, President, Petroglyph Development Group Elected Councillor, Snuneymuxw First Nation Whether you travelled here on four wheels or two, across the Salish Sea by air or by boat, Nanaimo welcomes you and invites you to discover our 360° of adventure. From mountain peaks to ocean views, it’s the many options from sea to sky that make Nanaimo-ites proud to call this harbour city home. Pedals push you over trails and the soles of your boots take you down to the base of rainforest waterfalls. Finish your days watching the sunset across the ocean, while sharing good company and great beer, wine, and food with friends. We welcome you to our outdoor playground, and to our way of life, where we play hard and relax well. 4

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1. THE BASTION STANDS TALL Nanaimo’s iconic Bastion was built in 1853 by the Hudson’s Bay Company and is the last of the original free-standing HBC bastions. Operated as an exhibit by Nanaimo Museum, it is open for tours daily during the summer season. Every day at noon during the summer, museum staff fire the historical cannons next to the Bastion. www.nanaimomuseum.ca

2. WESTWOOD AWAITS Westwood Lake Park is a well-loved and well-used nature park up in the hills. Last year, in the News Bulletin’s Best of the City survey, Westwood was chosen the best place to walk, jog, hike, mountain bike, walk a dog and swim outdoors. The 6.2-kilometre trail around the lake features gorgeous views and links to other trails. The lake is popular with swimmers, anglers and paddlers. Lifeguards keep an eye on things in the summer.

3. WATCH WHALES Vancouver Island Whale Watch is a new business advertising sustainable whale watching tours. Take a three-to-five hour excursion to view orcas or humpback whales in the strait and learn from a marine naturalist. Sightings are guaranteed. www.vancouverislandwhalewatch.com

4. NIGHT MARKET SETS UP SHOP Nanaimo's summer nights will get lively with a new market downtown. The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has worked with the city and downtown merchants and potential vendors to start up a summertime night market. Nanaimo’s Commercial Street Night Market will run every Thursday for 11 weeks, from June 21 until Aug. 30. Commercial Street will be closed to traffic between Terminal Avenue and Church and Chapel streets. Museum Way, Wharf and Skinner streets will also be blocked off. Vendor booths will operate from 5-9 p.m. and there will be food trucks and entertainment for visitors and passersby. “They'll experience the night life of Commercial Street and find out that it's safe, it's clean, it's fun and it's a great place to be,” says Kim Smythe, chamber president and CEO. www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca

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5. ROAM THE MUSEUM Learn about how it all began as the Nanaimo Museum offers a look at the city’s origins as a Snuneymuxw village before the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a trading post in the 1850s. Exhibits detail the city’s transition from coal mining to forestry and beyond, and offer perspectives on Canadian history and culture. The museum also offers guided tours of landmarks. www.nanaimomuseum.ca

6. SAMPLE SPIRITS Arbutus Distillery is continually creating at its Boxwood Road location. And Arbutus doesn’t just sell its spirits and send people on their way – a lounge features an everchanging list of cocktails. http://arbutusdistillery.com

7. FROLIC IN THE FLOWERS Lotus pinnatus, Nanaimo's official floral emblem, is found in very few locations in Canada. Look for it on the Harewood Plains between White Rapids Road and McKeown Way.

8. TENNIS ANYONE? Beban and Bowen parks both feature tennis courts that operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

9. HAVE FUN AT THE FARM The region has dozens of farms offering all sorts of fresh goods right at the farm gate as well as experiences that educate visitors on how the products are made. Be sure to check out Fredrich’s Honey www.fredrichshoney.ca and Yellow Point Cranberries. www.yellowpointcranberries.com

10. ADMIRE ART Local artists provide galleries with a variety of styles and mediums. Visit Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Arts Council, Hill's Native Art, Golden Otter Gallery, Electric Umbrella, Gallery Row, Art 10 Gallery, Gallery Merrick, Blessings, the Urban Art Gallery and others. The city's public art program rotates new pieces into Nanaimo every year, mostly at Maffeo Sutton Park.

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12. SEE ARTISTS AT WORK The Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour keeps expanding in scale. Last year 85 artists displayed and demonstrated their work at 65 sites across the island. “You … get to see lots of really cool artists’ spaces like their homes and their studios and their workshops,”says Alina Cerminara, events manager for the Gabriola Arts Council. http://studiotour.artsgabriola.ca

13. ROLL A STRIKE Spare some time to throw some strikes before you split. Brechin Lanes on East Wellington Road offers five-pin bowling www.brechinlanes.ca and Splitsville Entertainment on Calder Road offers 10-pin fun. www.splitsville.ca

14. GO FOR A SWIM Take a dip, outdoors or indoors. At Beban Park, you’ll find a pirate-themed pool with a waterslide, leisure pool and interactive play features. Nanaimo Aquatic Centre on Third Street boasts a 52-metre pool, three water slides, a leisure pool, wave pool and lazy river. Both facilities also offer steam rooms, hot tubs, and weight rooms. Kin Pool at Bowen Park has public swimming most afternoons until the start of September. Westood Lake Park is Nanaimo’s favourite place for lake swimming; the City of Nanaimo will have lifeguards there from the start of summer through to Labour Day.

15. READ A GOOD BOOK Stop by Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo North Library or Wellington Library, which just opened last year at Country Club Centre. For used books, shop at Literacy Central Vancouver Island and be sure to check out the Rotary Used Book Sale at Nanaimo North Town Centre twice a year.


16. CLIMB A MOUNTAIN Mount Benson isn’t just the backdrop of Nanaimo, it’s a place that’s worth trying to reach the top. It’s a bit of a grind – set aside five to seven hours for a round trip, and expect some steep spots, but the reward is Nanaimo’s best views. Start your hike at the trailhead to the Witchcraft Lake Regional Trail on Benson View Road. There are plenty of other worthwhile hikes in and around Nanaimo, too. Ammonite Falls is popular; the trailhead is on Jameson Road with parking at nearby Creekside Place.

17. GO FOR A WALK Get outdoors and see Nanaimo at your own pace. Nanaimo offers parks and trails to view wildlife, wildflowers and breathe clean air. Start with Cottle Lake (Linley Valley), Neck Point, Piper’s Lagoon, Buttertubs Marsh, Colliery Dam Park, Cable Bay and Jack Point, or paved multi-use trails, such as the Parkway Trail and E&N Trail.

18. SEE SALMON'S LIFE CYCLE Late September to December is the best time to visit the Nanaimo River Hatchery, but juvenile salmon in the outdoor channels can be seen until May. The public is welcome to use the trails year-round. Take Beck Road to Rugby Road to find the hatchery. www.nanaimoriverhatchery.ca The Millstone River salmon side channel located in Bowen Park is a perfect place for a stroll in nature and to learn more about the environment. Ducks, otters and beaver inhabit the channel year-round.

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19. TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH Bungy jumping, a zipline, a big swing and an aerial adventure course can be found in the woods at WildPlay Element Park on Nanaimo River Road. www.wildplay.com/nanaimo

20. SEE A PARK PERFORMANCE Nanaimo parks will be alive with the sound of music this summer. The City of Nanaimo presents it annual Concerts in the Park, a free music series, during July and August at Maffeo Sutton Park and the Bowen Park amphitheatre. “I love just having the community come together and having it available and having it free is just icing on the cake,” says Deborah Beck, city recreation coordinator. “It just brings this energy into our parks and open spaces.” www.nanaimo.ca

21. TEE OFF WITH DISC GOLF Nanaimo has an 18-hole disc golf course at scenic Bowen Park, complete with tee pads and baskets and plenty of park amenities close by. The Nanaimo Disc Golf Club is an active group. www.nanaimodgc.com

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23. TRY YOUR LUCK Casino Nanaimo features slot machines, table games and The Well Public House. www.casinonanaimo.com

24. FLY IN A FLOATPLANE Seaplanes get you from point A to point B and some also offer sightseeing options so you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Nanaimo. www.harbourair.com www.tofinoair.ca http://seairseaplanes.com www.kenmoreair.com

22. FIND WHAT'S FARM FRESH Nanaimo Downtown Farmers’ Market celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and is still going strong on Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza. Cedar Farmers’ Market happens Sundays next to the Crow and Gate Pub and Island Roots Farmers’ Market is at Beban Park during the summer months on Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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25. GO FOR A GREAT ESCAPE At Breakout Nanaimo, teams have just 60 minutes to find the clues, solve puzzles and escape the room. It’s fiendishly difficult, but possible. www.breakoutnanaimo.com

26. SEEK OUT PETROGLYPHS Petroglyph Park in south Nanaimo features prehistoric sandstone rock carvings depicting animal and human figures.

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27. EVERYONE LOVES A FAIR The 124th Vancouver Island Exhibition is coming up Aug. 17-19 and a lot of folks are already working hard to ensure this year’s exhibition is a success. Every year, the VIEX brings back old favourites and introduces some new attractions. The scope continues to grow and change, but organizers say they will never forget their primary purpose is to bring the entire community together to present and encourage awareness of agriculture and to demonstrate how it affects our everyday lives. Organizers say fairgoers who explore the grounds will be delighted by the variety of livestock and a packed entertainment schedule. www.viex.ca

28. FIND FEATHERED FRIENDS Nanaimo is for the birds, in a good way. Birdwatching is a popular hobby that anyone can do, and there’s always something interesting to see. Buttertubs Marsh, Pipers Lagoon, Neck Point Park, Morrell Nature Sancuary and Colliery Dam Park are some of the places birdwatchers recommend.

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29. TRAIPSE ALONG THE TRAIL

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The Trans-Canada Trail winds its way through the Nanaimo area and the trail includes the Haslam Creek suspension bridge. Use the Timberlands Road trailhead. www.rdn.bc.ca

It’s a mix of sport and suds, and it’s coming back to Vancouver Island. The 5K Foam Fest will be held June 9 at Nanoose Bay’s Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre. The obstacle-course event features what organizers say is the world's largest inflatable waterslide, plus slip-and-slides, mucky mud pits and millions of cubic feet of foam. https://the5kfoamfest.com/canada/

30. CRUISE ON A CATAMARAN See the seaside from a different perspective. Island Marine Adventures offers catamaran tours in and around Nanaimo harbour and also operates a hovercraft and an inflatable. “We try to customize everything … whatever they want, and change the experience all the time," says Hans Bongarts, owner-operator. www.islandmarineadventures.com

31. HAVE A SPA DAY Nanaimo has all kinds of options for people to treat themselves to a spa day. Try Maffeo Salon and Day Spa, Breze Salon and Day Spa, Nanaimo Elements Holistic Centre and Spa, Kiyo Salon and Day Spa, and Pure Spa.

33. CHEER ON CANINES Nanaimo Kennel Club hosts its Extravaganza Dog Show at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose on June 14-17. Show features breeds and agility trials. www.nanaimokennelclub.ca

34. BEER, MUSIC GO TOGETHER Longwoodstock, the fourth annual beer-and-music festival at Longwood Brewery’s location on Boxwood Road, takes place in 2018 on Sept. 22. www.longwoodstock.com

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35. SHOP AROUND You can shop till you drop, if you like, in Nanaimo. The city has no shortage of malls, including the largest on Vancouver Island, Woodgrove Centre. Nanaimo North Town Centre, Country Club Centre and Port Place shopping centre are also recommended, and make time to check out the variety of shops in downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter.

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Nanaimo has some great playgrounds, including the Altrusa play park at Beban Park and Oliver Woods Community Centre. Outside of school hours, visit the brand-new accessible playground at McGirr Elementary.

Morden Colliery Historic Regional Park, with its head frame and tipple, is one of two such remaining above-ground structures in North America. It takes you back a century to Nanaimo's coal-producing days. www.mordenmine.com

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38. GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE Calico Cat Tea House on Haliburton Street offers tealeaf readings and a meal, and afternoon tea. Or for tarot card readings and more, visit Lobelia’s Lair in the Old City Quarter. www.lobeliaslair.ca

39. PERUSE THE ART GALLERY The Nanaimo Art Gallery regularly showcases work by contemporary artists from Canada and beyond, presented in an accessible manner and through a local lens. Located on Commercial Street downtown, the gallery also offers arts programming for people of all ages. School groups attend its tours and workshops and its Art Lab hosts art camps for youths and serves as a venue for adult events. The gallery also hosts artists talks and demonstrations. Those who wish to take some art home with them need look no further than the gallery store, which offers pieces by Canadian and Vancouver Island artists including jewelry, textiles, ceramics and books. Proceeds support local artists and gallery programming. http://nanaimogallery.ca

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40. SWEET SOUNDS OF SYMPHONY Under the direction of Pierre Simard, the Vancouver Island Symphony has been recognized for its contribution to culture in Nanaimo and plans performances throughout the year. www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

41. GO TO GABRIOLA Just a 20-minute ferry ride across the harbour is Gabriola Island, known for its thriving arts community. Kayaking, hiking, beaches and water sports draw people to the island. At the Malaspina Galleries, visitors will find limestone formations caused by more than 1,000 years of erosion. Visit between Aug. 16-19 to take in this year's Gabriola Music Festival and Cultivate Performing Arts Festival.

42. MAKE IT THROUGH A MAZE McNab’s Corn Maze is a staple family activity every fall. The farm is located at 4659 Yellow Point Rd. www.mcnabscornmaze.com

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43. ENTER THE DRAGON The Nanaimo Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival makes a lot of special moments in the harbour every year. The festival is a fundraiser for breast cancer treatment and support, but the racing is competitive. “It’s great being out there crossing the finish line giving it everything you’ve got and panting at the end and feeling like you accomplished something,” says paddler Sasha Chernenkoff. The festival is July 6-8 at Maffeo Sutton Park. www.nanaimodragonboat.com

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SEE IF THE SILLY BOATS ARE SEAWORTHY The Silly Boat Regatta doesn’t feature Nanaimo’s fastest boats, but it’s always a blast, nevertheless. The annual fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre draws thousands of people to Maffeo Sutton Park every year. Teams construct boats by hand on site at the park and race the same day. “I mean, it’s all fun and for charity, but it’s still a great feeling of winning,” says Connor Wirachowsky, one of the McDonald’s team members who took first place last year. The 2018 Silly Boat Regatta will be July 15. http://sillyboat.com

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WALK THE HARBOURFRONT WALKWAY Nanaimo’s most popular attraction with locals and tourists alike is the waterfront walkway. Beginning at the Gabriola ferry terminal, the walk winds through the Boat Basin and along the quay, where you can grab a coffee or an ice cream before continuing to Maffeo Sutton Park and then as far as the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Buskers are often found performing along the walkway.

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47. CATCH A MOVIE

51. FOLLOW THE ALE TRAIL

Nanaimo has two big-screen theatres with comfortable seating, including Galaxy Theatre at Nanaimo North Town Centre and Avalon Cinema at Woodgrove Centre.

Hop to it and check out how Nanaimo fits into the B.C. Ale Trail. The project spotlights more than 50 breweries across the province and includes the Longwood Brewpub and its Longwood Brewing production facility, as well as Wolf Brewing and White Sails Brewing. www.bcaletrail.ca

48. SNORKEL WITH THE SEALS Swim with the harbour seals or try other excursions. Contact Sundown Diving or Nanaimo Dive Outfitters.

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The beach volleyball courts at Bowen Park off Wall Street are a popular place throughout the summer, whether it’s for a fun pickup game with friends or as part of a league.

Hop on the passenger-only ferry from the Boat Basin for a trip to Protection Island, take a stroll through this tight-knit neighbourhood and say hello to the herons.

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50. HIT THE ICE

Nanaimo has several camping opportunities in our great outdoors. Campgrounds close by include Saysutshun/ Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, Living Forest Oceanside Campground, Mountainaire, Rondalyn Resort, Brannen Lake, Westwood Lake and Zuiderzee Campground.

Nanaimo has enough rinks to allow for year-round skating. Check the city website for a schedule. www.nanaimo.ca

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Nanaimo has two wineries producing grapes in the lush East Wellington area of the region. Millstone Estate Winery has 2.5 hectares of vineyard to stroll through after a glass of wine on the licenced patio, which often hosts live music. www.millstonewinery.ca Chateau Wolff is a boutique winery offering pinot noir and chardonnay. www.chateauwolff.com

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55. GET ALL JAZZED UP After an inaugural event that brought an estimated 3,000 people to the downtown last fall, the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival is returning for its second year from Sept. 2123 and organizers are working to bring in a world-class jazz headliner. http://nanaimojazzfest.ca

56. CATCH CRABS Get a crabbing licence and compete with resident seals for supper at local hot spots. One of the most popular places to set traps is the crabbing dock at Maffeo Sutton Park.

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58. SAIL THE SALISH SEA Learn to sail with Van Isle Sailing Co-op, a non-profit group that own sailboats on which members get to sail, learning from experienced crew. www.vanislesailing.ca Nanaimo Yacht Club hosts the Basil Hobbs Memorial Snake Island Nanaimo Regatta 2018 from June 29-July 1. The yacht club also has a slate of sailing programs for youths or adults. www.nanaimoyc.ca

59. WATCH WRESTLERS RUMBLE Nanaimo is a favourite stop on the Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling circuit, with around half a dozen shows a year at the Departure Bay Activity Centre. See fan favourites vie for the VIPW heavyweight championship belt. http://www.facebook.com/VIProWrestling

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63. INFRINGING DANCE RETURNS Infringing Dance Festival performers will be celebrating diversity through dance. Feature events this year include the Sun and the Moon, Kalabanté: Won’ma Afrique and the White Room Performances, and workshops and extras will keep the festival hopping over four days. Infringing will include ticketed shows at the Port Theatre and free outdoor performances at Maffeo Sutton Park. www.crimsoncoastdance.org/infringing

60. SEE SAYSUTSHUN'S SIGHTS Get away from it all in just 15 minutes at the breathtaking Saysutshun – Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park – awaiting discovery in Nanaimo’s harbour. Part of the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw people, the park features water activities and camping, but visitors discover so much more at this island, just a short boat ride from Maffeo Sutton Park. Beaches, tidal pools, forests, historical sites and more. http://newcastleisland.ca

61. SNOWBIRDS WILL SOAR Canada’s famous RCAF Snowbirds 431 air demonstration squadron will take to the skies over Nanaimo on Aug. 8. www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca

62. PARTY IN THE PARK Party in the Park will offer a day of musical entertainment at Nanaimo’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields at Beban Park. Madeline Merlo, a Canadian country music singer-songwriter, headlines the party. The event is coming up on June 23. http://pacificisland.tickit.ca/

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64. WALK YOUR DOG The City of Nanaimo offers a dozen places to let Rover roam off-leash, with the most popular being the Beban Park dog park, accessed off Labieux Road. Pups can also play at Cable Bay Trail, at the power lines above Westwood Lake, and the upper dam trail at Colliery Dam Park. www.nanaimo.ca

65. TAKE AN ART CLASS Try your hand at a variety of mediums. Check out the Nanaimo Parks and Recreation Activity Guide for inspiration, or look into classes at the Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery. http://nanaimogallery.ca Arts supply store Iron Oxide on Victoria Road also offers some ideas. www.ironoxideartsupplies.com

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68. ENJOY SEASIDE EATS Any seaside city should have floating eateries, and the Harbour City has some fine choices. Trollers Fish and Chips and Penny’s Palapa Mexican restaurant are in the Boat Basin, while the Dinghy Dock is on Protection Island.

69. BITE INTO NANAIMO Come hungry and taste what the city's culinary scene is dishing out at Bite of Nanaimo, a fundraiser for TheatreOne held every fall at Beban Park social centre. www.theatreone.org

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Don’t miss out on Nanaimo’s favourite dessert. Coffee houses, bakeries, restaurants and bars have tinkered with our iconic treat in some fun ways to co-operate on creating the Nanaimo Bar Trail. Find out more from Tourism Nanaimo. www.tourismnanaimo.com

67. SIT DOWN TO A SATISFYING MEAL A good meal is easy to find in Nanaimo, which has a wide variety of culinary options in every part of the city. From Indian to Thai, Mediterranean to Ukrainian, sushi, burgers, wings and fish and chips, there’s something to suit any palate. www.tourismnanaimo.com/dining The defending champion for best restaurant in the News Bulletin’s Best of the City survey is Asteras Greek Taverna on Wesley Street. www.asteras.com

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Many downtown venues cater to night owls. Whether you want to eat or drink, catch a concert or dance the night away, there are venues that will fit the bill. The Queen’s Hotel, the Cambie, the Lighthouse Pub, the Nanaimo Bar, the Corner Lounge, Modern Café, Old City Station Pub, the Coach & Horses, the Palace Hotel and the Vault Café are some good bets, and for dance clubs, there’s Level 2, Koncept and Evolve.

71. MEET FOR COFFEE Meet for a cup of joe. Bocca Café, Code Brew, Bee's Knees Café, the Buzz Coffee House, Javawocky, the Vault Café, Mon Petit Choux and Serious Coffee are good choices.

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Built in 1893, St. Andrew’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary 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. Worship Service: 11 AM

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Brechin United Church is an Affirming Ministry and an inclusive congregation that welcomes all seekers and sojourners. You will experience us as open to exploring questions of faith and deepening spirituality. With a focus on outreach, we seek ways to respond to needs in our local community. Sunday services engage current context and feature a lively music program. Our community of faith welcomes you. www.brechinunited.ca

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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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Trinity Catholic Church

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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.trinitycatholicnanaimo.ca

St. Paul’s Lutheran is a member of Lutheran Church Canada. We are a friendly, caring congregation because we believe, teach and confess that God loves us all and gave His Son, Jesus to be our Saviour.

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Minister Foster Freed We worship every Sunday at 11am; we also offer a church school program for young children that runs at the same time. All are welcome. For more information go to our website.

Everyone is welcome to join us for Bible Study and Worship as we gather together to learn about our Gracious God. We seek to become a united family including people from every walk of life as we experience the love of God in our lives. Bible Study - Saturday, 9:30 am. Worship Service - Saturday, 10:45 am.

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First Baptist Church 250-753-0241 • 1650 Waddington Rd. 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.

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74. BMX TRACK HAS FAST ACTION Nanaimo has a bustling BMX community and a worldclass track, the Marie Davidson BMX Park at Beban Park. Anyone on two wheels is allowed to use the facility. Regular races happen Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings all spring and summer. www.nanaimobmx.com

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72. CYCLE CITY'S TRAILS From Westwood Lake to Linley Valley and all points in between, Nanaimo has no shortage of great trails for those on two wheels. Westwood is for novices, but those seeking a greater challenge can check out the Doumont trail network with trails including Fine China. Linley Valley is an underrated area for mountain biking and some other good spots include the Abyss and Extension Ridge. www.nanaimomountainbikeclub.com

73. TRY CROSS ON THE ROCK Vancouver Island has emerged as a hot spot for cyclocross, a discipline of bike racing involving speed, stamina and a willingness to take on obstacles and maybe get a little bit muddy. Beban Park, Bowen Park and Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre rotate as venues for the Cross on the Rock series. www.crossontherock.com

The Steve Smith Bike Park opened last year in Nanaimo’s Beban Park. The facility includes a dirt jump track with features and runs ranging from beginner to expert difficulty levels and two paved pump tracks, one for beginners and the other for advanced riders. The venue will host a Red Bull Pump Track World Championship series stop Aug. 4.

76. GET REVVED UP Nanaimo is home to one of Canada’s premier motocross tracks at the Wastelands Motocross Park, located on Weigles Road at the top of Doumont hill. The track is operated by the non-profit Nanaimo Motocross Association. A B.C. championship series event is Aug. 11-12 and Island series races are scheduled for June 16-17 and Oct. 6-7. www.nanaimomx.com

77. HIT UP THE SKATEPARK 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, behind Dickinson Crossing shopping centre. The Cedar Skatepark is located on Walsh Road.

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78. SHOW YOUR PRIDE Nanaimo Pride events happen in early June, timed to be a sort of kickoff to West Coast Pride events. Every year Nanaimo's event expands and becomes more inclusive. The parade will wind its way up Commercial Street and other nearby streets and cross over Nanaimo’s pride crosswalks at Commercial and Bastion streets. The pride flag will be raised at city hall on June 6 and there will be dances the next two nights leading up to the parade and festival June 9 and an after-party at Evolve nightclub. “Events like this bring us all up. They evolve the community. They challenge hatred and they celebrate love,” says Doug Routley, Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. www.nanaimopride.ca

79. DIVE DEEP The late Jacques Cousteau was said to have referred to Nanaimo as second only to the Red Sea in terms of the best temperate water diving in the world and there are plenty of good dive spots off the shore. The big draws are Nanaimo’s three artificial reefs: HMCS Cape Breton and HMCS Saskatchewan near Snake Island and the Rivtow Lion in Departure Bay.

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Departure Bay is a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach and shallow water. Watch the ferries come and go, picnic, swim or climb around on the playground at one of Nanaimo’s most popular areas. With a coming walkway expansion and new businesses planned for the area, Departure Bay is set to become even more of a destination.

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81. FEEL THE BLUES Nanaimo will be lucky enough to have a case of the blues again this summer. The Summertime Blues festival is coming back to Maffeo Sutton Park from Aug. 23-26 and the lineup was recently announced. David Gogo, David Vest, Blue Moon Marquee and Layla Zoe are among this year’s performers, but there are more than a dozen others, too. http://nanaimoblues.tickit.ca

82. THROW HORSESHOES Spend a leisurely summer afternoon at the six public pitches maintained at Bowen Park near the tennis courts.

83. GO FOR A RUN Nanaimo’s favourite running trail is probably the 6.2-kilometre loop at Westwood Lake Park. The Harbourfront Walkway, E&N Trail and the Parkway Trail are some paved routes. Or stop by Rotary Bowl stadium and run laps on the 400-metre track there when it isn't in use.

84. CALL OUT 'BINGO' Get out your dabbers and head for Harbour City Bingo at University Village mall. www.harbourcitybingo.com

85. GET A JUMP ON THINGS Airhouse trampoline and freestyle training facility on Boban Drive is filled with jumping-off points and forgiving surfaces. www.airhouse.ca/nanaimo

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88. TAKE THE MARINE TRAIL 86. NANAIMO PERFECT FOR PADDLING Some favourite Nanaimo launch points for paddlers include Brechin boat ramp and Wallbeach Road in Nanoose. Paddle around Saysutshun/ Newcastle Island and Departure Bay with your own canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or rent from Van Island Rec on Front Street or Coastal Expression on Stewart Avenue. www.coastalexpression.com

87. GO FISH Around Nanaimo there are a lot of fish in the sea, and the rivers lend themselves to fly fishing. Several area lakes are stocked with trout. Ask local retailers about secret and not-so-secret fishing spots.

The Salish Sea Marine Trail is into its first spring season after it officially opened last fall with ceremonies in Nanaimo. The B.C. Marine Trails Network has identified and mapped land access points for paddlers and is continuing to develop campsites, make dock improvements and install signs to make some of the West Coast’s canoeing and kayaking opportunities more accessible. www.bcmarinetrails.org

89. SHOW PATRIOTISM Canada Day celebrations are a chance for everyone to be a part of Team Canada on July 1. Celebrate our nation with all kinds of music, food, entertainment and family events at Maffeo Sutton Park.

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90. FIND SANCTUARY Some of Nanaimo’s most devoted stewards of the great outdoors are those who look after the Morrell Nature Sanctuary. The land encompasses 113 hectares of mature second-growth rain-shadow forest with more than 11 kilometres of maintained trails. There are interpretive tours teaching children and adults about the trees, plants, birds and animal life, or people are welcome to take self-guided tours if they prefer. A fun thing to do in the sanctuary for all ages, especially the young at heart, is the Yew Loop Trail, where people are encouraged to try to spy all the gome homes that are placed throughout this trail. Can you find and count them all? www.morrellnaturesanctuary.ca

91. TAKE TIME FOR TEA Sit down to tea at Nanaimo’s Grand Hotel. Choose from more than a dozen varieties of looseleaf teas and enjoy house-made black currant scones, miniature sandwiches and pastries. “It’s an afternoon indulgence. You take time out of your day and say this is for me,” says Susie Sirri, operations manager at the hotel. Tea is served Sundays through Thursdays. Reservations required. www.thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca

92. CLIMB THE WALLS The rafters at the Romper Room indoor climbing centre are eight metres (27 feet) up, but all ages and abilities have scaled the walls. First-time climbers will need to book an introductory session at least a day in advance, but anyone can come in and go bouldering. www.climbromperroom.com

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93. PLAY A GAME Board games aren’t just for the living room table. The Board Game House in the Old City Quarter provides different ways for families or friends to get a game together. The shop isn’t exactly a board game store, it’s more a place to play. Customers pay $5, or $2.50 for kids, and can play as many games as they like, as long as they like. Tyler Voigt, co-owner, says board games nowadays are more interesting than just rolling the dice and moving a pawn. “There’s more memory involved, there’s more strategy, there’s just more depth to the mechanics of the game, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re more complicated.” http://www.bghouse.ca

94. SEE WHAT'S ON STAGE The Port Theatre, Nanaimo’s 800-seat performing arts centre, plays host to more than 250 events each year. www.porttheatre.com With Yellow Point Drama Group, TheatreOne, Nanaimo Theatre Group, Western Edge Theatre, Schmooze Productions, VIU drama department and high school plays, there are plenty of theatre productions throughout the year for a variety of tastes. http://yellowpointdramagroup.org www.nanaimotheatregroup.ca http://westernedge.org www.schmoozeproductions.com www.theatreone.org

95. BE A KARAOKE STAR Sing it loud and sing it proud on karaoke nights at establishments around the city. The News Bulletin's Best of the City survey last year showed that readers like karaoke at the Oxy Pub, Quarterway Pub and the Wellington Pub. Doug Routley, MLA Nanaimo North Cowichan

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99. CATCH A GAME

Golf can be played pretty much year-round in balmy Nanaimo. Courses include Nanaimo Golf Club with views of Departure Bay, Gabriola, Cottonwood, Fairwinds, Pryde Vista, Eagle Quest, Winchelsea View and Beban Park pitchand-putt.

Nanaimo’s teams appreciate fan support, and will give their best efforts game in, game out. The Nanaimo Clippers junior A and Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey clubs start their seasons in September, with the Clippers playing out of Frank Crane Arena and the Bucs playing at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The V.I. Raiders junior football team is defending B.C. champion and plays home games Saturdays at Caledonia Park. High school football will start in September at turf fields at Merle Logan Field and NDSS Community Field. Summers are busy with lacrosse, as the Nanaimo Timbermen senior A and senior B squads plays their games at Frank Crane Arena. At Serauxmen Stadium, the premier baseball league Nanaimo Pirates will have several home doubleheaders over the next two months. College sports will start in late summer with soccer at Merle Logan Field on weekend afternoons, followed by basketball and volleyball in the fall at the Vancouver Island University gym on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

97. PICK UP PICKLEBALL

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Pickleball is flourishing in Nanaimo. Six new courts at Beaufort Park opened last year, there are also courts at Beban Park and the sport is played indoors at Oliver Woods Community Centre. The Nanaimo Pickleball Club numbers more than 200 people. www.nanaimopickleball.org

One of Lantzville's favourite community events each year, Minetown Day will be held Sept. 8 at Huddlestone Park. Family activities, exhibitors, vendors, watermelon-eating contest and more. www.lantzville.ca

96. HIT THE LINKS

98. HIT THE BULL'S-EYE Check the city's parks and rec activity guide for archery programming, or contact the nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association. www.nanaimofishandgameclub.com

101. RECALL MILITARY HISTORY Vancouver Island Military Museum has memorials, medal displays, books and military records at its location in Piper Park in downtown Nanaimo. The Wall of Honour recognizes veterans from across Canada. www.vimms.ca

NANAIMO BAKERY & CONFECTIONERY LIMITED

European Style Bakery Mon.-Fri. 8am-5:30pm Sat.8am-5pm Sun.Closed #1-2025 Bowen Rd. www.nanbakery.ca

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JOIN ONE OF THESE CLUBS or ORGANIZATIONS! L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo 250-729-2776

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, City of Nanaimo and Service Canada.

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featured ACCOMMODATIONS

HOTELS & MOTELS Best Western Dorchester

70 Church Street, Nanaimo | (250) 754-6835 | www.dorchesternanaimo.com

Coast Bastion Hotel

11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo | (250) 753-6601 | www.coasthotels.com

Inn on Long Lake

4700 N. Island Hwy, Nanaimo | (250) 758-1144 | www.innonlonglake.com

Ramada Inn Nanaimo

315 Rosehill St., Nanaimo | (250) 716-2009 | www.ramada.ca

NICHE/CAMPGROUNDS Living Forest Oceanside Campground

6 Maki Road, Nanaimo | (250) 755-1755 | www.livingforest.com

Westwood Lake Campground

westwoodlake@shaw.ca 380 Westwood Road, Nanaimo | (250) 753-3922 | www.westwoodlakecampground.ca

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