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et’s make it abundantly clear right from the get-go – there are more than 101 things to see and do in Nanaimo. Hundreds, more. Thousands more. Probably even more than that. The items, activities, events and adventures outlined in this annual compilation are our choices as some of the best, some of the most interesting. This city of some 90,000 people, with thousands more just outside city limits, offers one of the most spectacular waterfronts in all of Canada, and is sandwiched between Georgia Strait on one side and rugged wilderness, both on and beyond Mount Benson, on the other. We’ve got lakes, we’ve got parks, we’ve got trails and sports and history and ... we could go on virtually forever. Mitch Wright, News Bulletin managing editor

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anaimo mark is and rea year of renovat The 158-year oldest building down to remov southeast-facin it to lean three coat of paint. To complete t neers had to re building’s roof, sight for many the support of t The Hudson’s originally built the Bastion in Nanaimo to defend its coal mining operations, i ddonatedd $80,000 while local philanthropist Sid Sharman added $50,000. The Nanaimo Lion’s Club contributed $10,000. The result is a success. “It’s wonderful,” said Debbie Trueman, manager of the Nanaimo Museum, which is responsible for the Bastion. “I think it will last at least another 100 years, especially with its winter coat.”

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tioon will e aggain for the summer season 9, aand visitors will be able to see d eexhibit inside as well as where imbbers and steel beams were added, said Trueman. T Almost allll of the original square logs – Al as much as 95 per cent – remain intact in the structure. The three-storey Bastion took two years to complete – from 1853 to 1855 – and was originally located on a small hill among a smattering of wooden homes and businesses, not far from where it stands today. Fortified with cannons in each of its

square windows, it was a formidable defence against any hostile forces of the time, though it’s not known if those cannons were ever fired in an act of aggression or defence. Considered Hudson Bay’s oldest freestanding fort in North America and one of only a handful of similar structures, it has been moved twice, in 1891 and 1979, before taking up its current residence at Front and Bastion streets downtown. Today, cannons located just outside the Bastion fire at noon in the summer months to serve as a tourist attraction and reminder of its original task.

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n a warm, spring day in late March, streets in Nanaimo would be filled with footraces, sporting events and the singing of God Save the Queen. This day was in the mid-19th century and it was the start of an annual tradition of Empire Days, which would stretch for almost 150 years. The tradition continues this year with festivities planned for the May 20 weekend. “This year we promise to have good weather,” said Ron Hopper, president of the Nanaimo Empire Days Celebration Society. Empire Days began as a patriotic holi-

rty for 2011 were selected from Park Avenue Community School. She will be officially crowned on the Friday night of festivities. vval of HMCS Nanaimo, welcomed by the Paacific Gael pipe band. The ship will be oppen all weekend for the public to view. The main Th i event, t hhowever, still t takes place Sunday with the annual parade through downtown and evening fireworks. The parade features local service clubs, sports teams and businesses, plus visiting bands and organizations. “This year as a special treat we have the Seattle Police motorcycle drill team,” Hopper said. The parade will also feature some equestrian entries. In years past, the horses were placed at the end of the parade. The weekend wraps up with fireworks over the Nanaimo harbour. Hopper said the Empire Days committee met with their fireworks provider, who is excited to try out new displays this year. For more information, please visit www. nanaimoempiredays.com.

day, where families gathered to celebrate their homeland, as many of the settlers and workers in Nanaimo were from the United Kingdom. Activities were family friendly and featured sporting events and banquets, much of which continues today. Earlier in the month were May days, which included activities like choosing the May Queen and dancing The annual Empire Days weekend includes the the Maypole. May Queen crowning on Friday night, as well Although May Days didn’t endure, some of the as Sunday’s parade downtown and the evening activities did, with the May fireworks over Nanaimo harbour. Queen and Maypole dance incorporated into Empire

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Most people associate yoga with stretching, but stretching is just one element of a yoga practice. Yoga incorr porates flexibility, strength and meditation ta and promotes physical, mental, emotionall and spiritual balance. It’s versatile so it can be tailored to aall ages, body types and activity levels. There are dozens oz of yoga styles offered in Nanaimo, whether you o are inexperienced, seek a challenge or are somewhere m in between. The basic styles available are outlined e below. You are new to yoga and want to start slow. You seek a relaxing class with minimal challenge in a low-pressure setting. Yoga for you: Hatha yoga Why: The pace of a hatha yoga class is slow, typically beginning with gentle, rhythmic breathing and ending with students relaxing on their backs in savasana – or corpse pose. The postures and breathing techniques used help the body energize and warm itself in preparation for class.

b body with a strong focus on the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin yoga is beneficial for students who sit for long periods in their daily life. Students are encouraged to adhere to the three tattvas, or fundamentals, of yin: depth, stillness and time.

You prefer high-intensity workouts. You want a challenge and expect to feel energized during and after class. Yoga for you: Power yoga Why: In power yoga students are led through a rigorous Check out these reputable Nanaimo studios: series of postures that are meant to build Red Door Yoga www.reddooryoga.ca strength and flexMoksha Yoga http://mokshayoga.ca ibility. The postures Bikram Yoga www.bikramyogananaimo.com gradually increase OmTown Yoga http://omtown.ca with difficulty and because there are no Bend Over Backwards www.iyengaryogananaimo.com breaks, breath is used to link movements.

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You seek a deep stretch in a meditative setting. Yoga for you: Yin yoga Why: The purpose of yin yoga is to stretch the deep connective tissues in the

You seek an intermediate-level class with an element of meditation. Yoga for you: Vinyasa yoga Why: A vinyasa class is a flowing sequence. Though it is not as vigorous as

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power yoga, it is no less challenging. As in power yoga, there is a strong focus on linking breath to movement with no breaks between postures. You prefer a vigorous workout. You want to sweat, strengthen, tone and detox. Yoga for you: Hot yoga Why: This vigorous style of yoga is practised in a heated room to soften the body, making it more flexible, and helping the body more easily rid itself of toxins. You seek a therapeutic class and stress relief. Yoga for you: Iyengar yoga Why: Iyengar yoga classes use props (blankets, bolsters, belts, etc.) to aid students in the postures. The series can be quite rigorous and is meant to improve alignment, increase strength – particularly in the legs – and improve circulation, coordination and balance. Interested in trying every style? Why not mix-and-match? Awaken body and mind in hatha; align breath with movement in vinyasa; energize and strengthen in power yoga and then stretch it out in yin; and sweat it out in hot yoga. For every body type, fitness level and age there is a yoga style that you can slip into as comfortably as savasana. 7


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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 Haliburton Water Park near Princess Royal School or Harewood Mining Community Water Park on Howard Avenue.

GAMBLING – Casino Nanaimo, as it’s now known, in downtown Nanaimo has plenty of options for bettors. With more than 17,000 square feet of gaming fl floor, it has 380 slot machines, all your favourite table games and more. It also has a 56-seat restaurant and free coff ffee, tea and soft ft drinks for players. The whole facility, including gaming fl floor and restaurant, are fully licensed.

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FARMERS’ MARKETS – A relaxing way to fi find some of the Island’s freshest produce, food and crafts. ft The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open May 6 to early October on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Th The Cedar Farmers’ Market, open from mid-May to October, can be found at 2313 Yellow Point Rd. Th The newly created Bowen Road Farmers’ Market will take place from 4-7 p.m. late May to early October every Wednesday at Beban Park.

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GOLF F – Golf can be played in Nanaimo almost year round, and with seven local courses there is no shortage of options. Local courses include Nanaimo Golf Club, Fairwinds, Gabriola, Cottonwood, Pryde Vista, Eagle Quest and Winchelsea View. Beban Park features a pitch-and-putt course for those who want to work on their short game.

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DINGHY DOCK PUB – Canada’s only floating fl pub is on Protection Island, a 10-minute ferry ride from the Nanaimo Boat Basin. Chow down on pub fare and seafood. The Protection Connection ferry leaves 10 minutes past the hour beginning at 7:10 a.m. weekdays, 8:10 a.m. Saturdays and 9:10 a.m. Sundays. A walk around Protection Island is a popular post-meal activity.

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HORSESHOES – A great

way to spend an afternoon. ft Six public pitches are maintained at Bowen Park near the tennis courts.

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couver Island Regional Library, grab a book, kick back and enjoy. The library also off ffers summer reading programs for children. For hours and information call 250753-1154 (Harbourfront) or 250-7585544 (Wellington).

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TENNIS – Tennis, anyone? Beban and Bowen parks both feature six public tennis courts that operate on a fi first-come, first-served basis. Bowen also has three nighttime token-operated courts for nocturnal enthusiasts. Tokens cost $8 per hour from the Bowen or Beban Park offi ffices or the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

THE WESTWOOD LAKE RELAY – A cross-country

fun event for individuals and teams of four runners to enter. Individuals can also run the whole 22 kilometres. Aft fter three years running at the end of October, the 2011 event takes place June 28.

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CEMETERY TOURS – A great way to learn about Nanaimo’s history. Guided cemetery tours take place in July and August with stories about our earliest residents.

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MILLSTONE RIVER SALMON SIDE CHANNEL – 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 a beaver inhabit the channel year round, and late September through December are the best times to see coho salmon.

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way to describe the Coast Body Painting Championships, scheduled to be held on Sept. 17 at Beban Park Recreation Centre. Event also features a gala dinner. Organized by Glitter Machine and English Entertainment. Visit www. coastbodypaintchampionship.com.

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The contact sport features fishnets, booty shorts, alter egos and bruises, said Jennifer Wigmore, aka Jenesis, president of the Nanaimo Nemesis team’s board of directors. “It’s kind of like lingerie on wheels,” she said – with a touch of violence and aggression thrown in. The two rookie teams from Nanaimo face off against rookie teams from across the Island in their first tournament at the Nanaimo Ice Centre July 2-3. “There’s so many women who want to be involved right now,” said Wigmore. “It’s very inclusive for women of all shapes and sizes.” 10

“It’s nice to have the hometown competition,” said Amanda Webb, coach of the Harbour City Rollers. “It’s sprouting up all over the Island.” The Nanaimo teams were born when Wigmore and a neighbour who had skated with the Eves of Destruction team in Victoria began meeting in the Beban Park parking lot.

July tournament The July 2-3 tournament will include rookie teams from Nanaimo, Saltspring, Comox Valley, Cumberland and whatever other teams Wigmore can find on the Island. For many of the teams, it will be their first tournament ever.

After the photos hit Facebook, F b other women started getting involved. Soon after, the girls split into two teams. She describes roller derby as much like rugby on skates with one woman serving as the ball. Five people from each team participate at a time. The girl at the front of the ‘pack’ is called the pivot, followed by three ‘blockers’ and then a ‘jammer’. Eight of the women – the pack – start on one start line and the two jammers start on another line behind the pack. The goal is for the jammers to get through the pack and then lap the pack. For each member of the opposition the jammer passes, the team gets a point. And that’s where things get aggressive, said Wigmore. Pivots and blockers try to assist their jammer in getting through the pack while also trying to stop the opposing team’s jammer from exiting the pack. Players can block using their hips or the sides of their bodies, as well as their backsides – called a “booty block” – and can only use their arms and hands to help their own players. All girls are required to wear an array of safety equipment, including helmet, wrist guards, elbow guards, knee pads and mouth guard, which Switchback Longboards provides to Nanaimo Nemesis girls at cost. Players need to be able to jump on skates, avoid fallen players and skate 25 laps in five minutes. “We’ve had injuries, we’ve had bruises,” said Wigmore. “It’s always a spectacle when you’ve got women in crazy outfits bumping into each other. This is almost like a gladiator-type sport.” The Harbour City Rollers also hope to put on some fundraisers and demonstrations in the coming months to show people what the sport is all about, said Webb. “It’s very different than what it used to be in the ’70s,” she said.

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SNORKEL WITH THE SEALS – Spend a few

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WILD PLAY ADVENTURE PARK K – What

gets your adrenaline pumping? Maybe a leap off ff of North America’s only legal bungy bridge toward the roaring Nanaimo River? How about a two-hour treetop adventure on Wild Plays’ TreeGo course, where adventurists challenge themselves 30 feet off ff the forest floor on an aerial obstacle course. It’s safe, fun and a total rush. Call 1-888-668-7874 or visit www.wildplayparks.com.

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20-kilometre paved path. For a trail map, contact Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture at 250-756-5200 or visit www.nanaimo.ca.

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– The beach courts at Bowen Park are a popular place throughout the summer, whether it’s for a fun pickup game with friends or as part of a league. For more information, go to www.nanaimosport.com.

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NANAIMO THEATRE GROUP – In its 50th

year, the NTG owns the 175-seat Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road. Call 250-758-7246 or go to www.bailey.nisa.com for a list of current performances.

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itial fears of making a fool of myself and getting sick, falling overboard or simply steering the boat astrously into the path of an oncoming seaplane de, my first-ever taste of sailing was fairly .... well, ooth sailing. ll hands remained on deck. No one retched over rails. And the boat itself returned to dock intact.

Of course, while I did get a short stint at the helm and even got a crash course on tacking into the wind, much of the credit (OK, all of the credit) for not falling into the salt chuck, causing stomach somersaults or sinking the 27-foot Catalina go to my guides, Van-Isle Sailing Co-op’s Tony Sherer and Doug Mowatt, who agreed to take me and a friend out on what turned out to be a gorgeous February day with a perfect mild breeze.

Sherrer is president of the six-year-old sailing co-operative, which boasts some six-dozen members and has now has four vessels, all 27-footers. The co-op is one of five such organizations in B.C. The model offers numerous benefits, not the least of which is affordable access ($405 annual fee; $475 for a family) to several boats year-round for a fraction of the cost of owning a vessel individually.

Then there’s the opportunity to learn sailing at your own pace from experts with years of experience – Sherer earned his skipper’s ticket in 1980, while Mowatt got his in ’85, and they’re just two of the dozen-or-so qualified skippers among the membership. The co-op’s main focus is on getting more people sailing, or at least giving people the opportunity to try it without breaking their bank accounts.

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“By co-operative ownership, basically it’s just to keep the cost down,” says Sherer. “It’s not a sailing club, it’s a co-op. We want people to enjoy this and learn to sail and be competent and safe.” While I don’t feel entirely competent as I take my nervous turn at the helm, I do feel safe under the watchful eye of my two guides, who tell me my whiteknuckle handle on helm is definitely not uncommon for first-timers. “Everyone has a death grip their first time out,” Mowatt assures me, though I remain not entirely convinced. Still, the pair’s subtle suggestions and patient guidance help me (once I get a handle on the sailing nomenclature) to safely steer the little boat safely past a few massive anchored container ships into Nanaimo harbour. And then Mowatt tells me we’re going to tack. Cue the return of the death grip. Yet, even with my heart in my throat and my mind envisioning our inevitable collision with the crab dock off Maffeo Sutton Park, Mowatt and Sherrer both

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appear completely cool as they talk me through the tacking process and the associated commands a halfdozen times until I’m still not even remotely approaching competent and the helm, but might pass for marginally comfortable. If nothing else, my full white-knuckle death grip has relaxed a little and might now be classed instead as firm choke hold. Apparently, my ear-to-ear grin is also telling as to my increasing level of comfort and enjoyment. After a few more tacks with my friend at the helm, we haul in the sails and motor leisurely back to the marina, here we leave Sherer and Mowatt to secure the boat and ready it for its next trip out.

SALTWATER FISHING

– May to September is the best time to fish fi for the area’s indigenous species that include salmon, halibut, ling cod, sole, rockfish fi and crab. A copy of the B.C. Freshwater and Saltwater Sports Fishing Guide is handy, and a valid fishing licence is mandatory. There are also many deep sea charters available. Visit www.bcfi fishing.com.

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GUIDED TOURS – There

are many ways to get around Nanaimo and its waterways. Various companies host guided tours of the area on foot, bus, boat or plane.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND SYMPHONY –

Nanaimo’s own professional symphony offers ff a season of concerts from September to May at the Port Th Theatre. For concert information call 250-754-0177. For tickets call the Port Theatre Th box offi ffice of go online at http://vancouverislandsymphony.com/

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VAN ISLE 360 –The Th

Van Isle 360 international yacht race shows up on the calendar every two years, and when it does, it’s a big deal. Skippers come from around the continent to navigate their vessels 580 nautical miles around Vancouver Island over 10 legs. This Th year’s race goes June 4-18, starting and ending in Nanaimo Harbour. For more information about the prestigious race, visit www.vanisle360. com.

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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.

BITE OF NANAIMO –

Nanaimo’s 18th annual gourmet food fair presented by TheatreOne Th at Beban Park will be held on Oct. 21 in 2011 from 4-9 p.m. Call 250-754-7587 or visit www.theatreone.org.

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ISLAND CHASE 2011 – Canada Day long weekend this year (July 1-3). Hosted by Nanaimo’s English Entertainment, this adventure combines the thrill of a car rally with the strategy of a scavenger hunt, all for a grand prize of $5,000 cash. The Th first annual event begins at Country Club Centre and takes participants from Campbell River to Victoria. For details visit www. islandchase.ca.

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CANADA DAY CELEBRAff TIONS – July 1 at Maffeo

NANAIMO AQUATIC CENTRE – Stay in shape

or just cool down, the 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 restaurant will keep you busy and healthy all day.

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HIT THE DIRT – The

Marie Davidson BMX Park has its ups and downs, and that’s a good thing when it comes to BMX racing. The Nanaimo BMX Association’s track Th at Beban Park hosted world championship races, yet anyone on two wheels is allowed to use the facility. Regular races go Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings all spring and summer long. For more information, visit www.nanaimobmx.com.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND MILITARY MUSEUM

– Memorials, medal displays, books and military records can all be found at the Vancouver Island Military Museum, located at Nanaimo North Town Centre. Nanaimo has an important military past and it can all be learned and viewed at the museum. Call 250756-2554.

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SCUBA DIVING

– Clear water, colourful marine life and a rich underwater environment lure diving enthusiasts from all over the world to Nanaimo’s waters. Snake Island, Orlebar Point and Neck Point are some hot spots, and artificial fi reefs like the sunken HMCS Saskatchewan or HMCS Cape Breton are popular. For local knowledge, call a dive shop or visit www.bcdiveguide.com.

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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 fi are on the rivers year-round and many lakes are annually stocked. Call a retailer for the best fishing holes, or try the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association at 250-754-2846.

was adopted in 2010 as Nanaimo’s offi ficial 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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FIRST NATIONS CULTURE – Learn about

the first people on the Island at the Nanaimo Museum or shop for aboriginal art at Art of Siem on Front Street or at Hill’s Native Art on Bastion Street.

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DISC GOLF F – An 18-

hole disc golf course is located in Bowen Park. Borrow discs from the administration offi ffice Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Featuring arts, drama, music and dance, Arts Alive is a low cost, high quality instruction for both beginners and intermediates of any age. Call 250-753-9423 or visit www.nanaimoartsalive.com.

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FLOATING BOAT AND MARINE TRADE SHOW

– The seventh annual show takes place June 3-5 at the Nanaimo Boat Basin. The Th popular event features everything for boat enthusiasts. Call 250-754-5053 or visit www.npa.ca.

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SKATEBOARDING –Th The

Nanaimo Skateboard Park can be found on the corner of Comox Road and Wall Street while the Pioneer Skate Park can be found behind Canadian Tire in the north end.

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HARBOURFRONT WALKWAY – What’s

a waterfront city if you can’t stroll along the shore? The walkway leads from Cameron Island all the way to the B.C. Ferries terminal at Departure Bay and is a popular attraction. Along the way, strollers get a look at the downtown Boat Basin and can stop in for coffee or ice cream, or browse the shops clustered below the Bastion.

Whale Watching Cowichan Bay!

Only 45 Minutes South of Nanaimo!

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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. Call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com.

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SPRING ART FEATURE

– The Th Spring Showcase is a display of art from Nanaimo and area painters, photographers, potters, sculptors and others. Th The show can be viewed during April at the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre.

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FESTIVAL OF BANNERS

– Now in its 24th year, runs May 1 to ThanksTh giving. Artists create banners on a common theme and they are displayed on street lamps throughout the city. It’s a symphony of colours that can be seen right through the fall season before being sold. Proceeds go to charity. 250-740-6350 or www.nanaimogallery.ca.

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NANAIMO RIVER SALMON HATCHERY

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

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– There are five popular running routes in Nanaimo. Th The Harbourside Walkway, Westwood Lake trail loop, Parkway Trail, E&N Trail and the Jack Point/ Biggs Park route. Most of the local running clubs and specialty stores host drop-in groups, and some even run regularly to raise money for charity.

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EXPLORE THE ISLANDS

– Gabriola Island, Protection Island and Newcastle Island are all just a short ferry ride away. Gabriola features parks, beaches and galleries, as well as a popular outdoor craft exhibit on weekend mornings in the summer. Newcastle features beaches and hiking trails as well as places

to camp while Protection is a quiet residential community with several small parks.

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SUMMERTIME BLUES FESTIVAL L – The

Nanaimo Blues Society hosts a talented lineup of local, national and international blues artists at Maff ffeo Sutton Park Aug. 26-28.

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WINDSURF –

With dozens of places to put in, the Harbour City has great opportunities to get out on Georgia Strait and enjoy the breeze.

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YELLOW POINT DRAMA GROUP – The oldest

theatre group in western Canada. Based at the Cedar Community Hall, the group offers ff shows in the spring and fall. Contact 250-245-7882.

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BEBAN PARK POOL

– This pirate-themed pool features a 61-metre waterslide, leisure pool and a unique pirate ship interacH E L E N

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tive play feature. The Th facility also has a 25-metre pool, weight room, hot tub and steam room. A great place to cool off ff or keep in shape. Call 250-756-5200 or visit www.nanaimo.ca.

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BREWERY TOUR – The

Longwood Brew Pub at Longwood Station offers tours of its unique in-house process. Call 250-729-8225 or visit www.longwoodbrewpub.com and be sure to leave enough time to try their food.

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OLIVER WOODS COMMUNITY CENTRE –

Nanaimo’s newest community centre features city programs and recreational facilities. Call 250-756-5200 or check the Leisure Guide for programs.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK K – Bring your

lawn chair to the Lions Pavilion at Maff ffeo Sutton Park Sundays in July and August.

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Thought Provoking Local & National Exhibitions Children & Adult Workshops Festival of Banners Art Sales & Rental Program Gift Shops full of Elegant & Eclectic Gifts

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IN-LINE SKATING –

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BOATING – Brechin Boat

Th are plenty of There smooth, paved trails to get out for an in-line skate. Try the E&N Trail, the Parkway Trail or the old Grandview Bowl racetrack.

Ramp near the B.C. Ferries terminal at Departure Bay is Nanaimo’s main public boat ramp. A smaller boat ramp is located off ff Hammond Bay Road.

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CRABBING – Get a

licence and compete with resident 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.

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CABLE BAY TRAIL – A

great place to spot sea lions from October to April or seals playing in the rapids at Dodds Narrows. The Th two-kilometre trail leads through mixed forest before crossing a small stream by the ocean.

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SEE A MOVIE – Nanaimo

has several big-screen theatres with comfortable seating and surround sound. Try the Galaxy Theatre Th at Nanaimo North Town Centre at 250-729-8000 and Avalon Cinema at Woodgrove Centre at 250-390-5021.

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NECK POINT – This

17.5-hectare waterfront park features stunning views and a real West Coast feel. A popular place for snorkeling in the summer, the park also has benches and several lookout points. The Th parking lot is accessible off ff Hammond Bay Road. Be sure to visit the recently opened expansion on the south side of the park.

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GO-KARTING – Check out the 200cc Hondapowered go-karts that power you around a NASCAR-type track at Cyber City. Double-seater karts are also available to enable small children to ride safely with their parents.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION

– With one of the warmest climates in Canada, Nanaimo has always been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From the ocean to the mountains, there is something here for everybody. For the best local knowledge on any outdoor activity, visit www.nanaimoinformation.com.

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magine not just one ship of fools – but 45 of them. That’s how many teams hit the water for the Silly Boat Regatta last year. Lots of duct tape, plenty of teamwork, and very little time are the hallmarks of Nanaimo’s most accessible boat race. The regatta is a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre – a full day of silliness smack-dab in between July’s more regimented weekends of dragon boat and bathtub racing. Participants have four hours to assemble a floating concoction of craziness. Recycled materials are welcome – no kits or motors allowed. The race distance is 150-200 metres, depending on the wind, from Swy-alana Lagoon to the “buoy” in Nanaimo Harbour and, hopefully, back. There are

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eight heats and one grand finale. Participants vie for trophies ranging from “Most Pledges” and “Best Spirit” to “Super Silliest Sailors” and “First to Sink.” Last year, the Buccaneer Inn won the “Super Silliest” trophy. “We had a water cannon hidden and

eaker, own the Buccaneer eer Inn Inn. This will be their third year involved in the Silly Boats. “Our goal every year is to raise as much money as we can,” said Ilyn, adding they love that the regatta is accessible to everyone. “It’s not rocket science.” In 1984, the first Silly Boat Regatta was held to help families of children who needed kidney transplants travel to the U.S. That first event raised more than $4,000. Twenty-seven years later, the regatta is still afloat and still pulling in a boatload of cash for the Child Development Centre. In 2010, the event raised $107,000. The Nanaimo CDC is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to help children develop successfully. Their services include speech, language, physical and occupational therapies. Last year the CDC worked with more than 1,700 local children and families.

2011 regatta take place Sunday, July 17 The 2011 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. To register or volunteer call 250-753-0251 or visit the website at www.sillyboat.com. In addition, a Mini Regatta, where kids can build toy-sized boats, will be hosted by Woodgrove Centre and McDonalds Restaurants will operate the Sports Zone with various sporting events.

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Nanaimo Welcomes You to

Attend the Church of Your Choice St. Andrew’s Prebyterian 250-758-2676 • 4235 Departure Bay Road Come worship with us! Join us in prayer and praise as we learn to walk more closely with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Hear Bible-based messages that are challenging and relevant. Feel God’s love grow in Sunday school, Bible studies, activities and mission projects. www.sapcnanaimobc.ca

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

“ But those who hope the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on winds like eables; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” - Isaiah 40:31 St. Paul’s Anglican 250-753-2523 • 29 Church Street

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! www.cfnanaimo.weebly.com

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. www.stpaulsnanaimo.shawbiz.ca

St. Andrew’s United Church

Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church

250-753-1924 • 311 Fitzwilliam St.

250-716-7283 • 520 Prideaux St. (100F Meeting Hall)

www.lighthousebbc.com

Built in 1893, St. Andrew’s has 115 years of service to the community of Nanaimo. We hold traditional church services acoompanied by our pipe organ and Senior and Junior choirs. We are a friendly, welcoming church offering tea and coffee after church. We have a Sunday School for children and teens, a thrfit shop offering household goods and clothes and an Outreach program that includes the Nanaimo Food Banks, Brannan Lake, Haven House. email: standrewsunitedchurch@telus.net

Christian Science Society

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

We are a Bible based church that believes in the importance of building strong families and lives through the preaching of the Word of God, through ministry opportunities, and through fellowship with other believers. We believe you’ll see a difference!

250-754-9082 • 394 Shepherd Avenue

250-753-8036 • 20 Chapel Street “A church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.” -MB Eddy.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is a Biblical and Confessional church that proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour for all people, forgiving the sins of all who believe in Him, and giving them eternal life. http://stpaulslutheran.tripod.com

First Baptist Church

ET Family Curch 250-753-0258 • 1300 Princess Royal

250-753-0241 • 1650 Waddington Rd.

A place where individuals and families can take a fresh step on their spiritual journey and experience God’s love. Our passion is to love God, love others, and serve the world. Our gatherings focus on energetic worship and relevant teaching, in an informal atmosphere. Everyone is welcome! www.nanaimoet.com

Established in 1891 and newly expanded, First Baptist Church’s vision is “To Know Christ... and to Make Him Known.” Visitors are welcome at our two Sunday morning services, 9 am and 11 am. Oh come, let us worship! www.fbcnanaimo.ca

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hosts several regattas over the summer at Long Lake. Th The club also hosts learn to paddle programs from May to September on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Call 250-7411200 or visit www.nckc.ca.

STROLL THROUGH A PARK K – Nanaimo has

many parks within its city limits to take a stroll through. For more of a nature feel try Bowen Park or Colliery Dam. For an urban feel try Maffeo ff Sutton Park along the seawall. For a complete list of city parks visit www.nanaimo.ca or check out the other listing on this page.

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A two-hectare provincial park featuring prehistoric sandstone rock carvings depicting mystical animal and human fi figures. Parking lot is off ff the Island Highway between Haliburton Street and Highview Terrace.

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PIPER’S LAGOON PARK K – A trail leads to

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MALASPINA MURAL E.J. Hughes’s mural of Alejandro Malaspina was saved from demolition and installed in the Port of Nanaimo Centre.

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CENTENNIAL FOUNTAIN C O Italian stonemasons ttook three years to build the fountain in 1958 in honour of B.C.’s 100th anniversary a as a colony.

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The Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club hosts its annual outrigger canoe race on the second last weekend of February. Teams from all over the Island and Lower Mainland take part. Call the boathouse at 250-758-4052 for details.

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or Swim Scuba’s fi fift fth annual Great Nanaimo Poker Dive takes place June 5 at Neck Point Park. The Th event, which raises money for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, features a cash jackpot, great prizes and a barbecue. Call 250-758-7946 or go to www.sosscuba.ca.

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ver the years, dragonboating has become synonymous with the bravery and courage that it takes to be a cancer survivor. It is also becoming synonymous with a big party in Nanaimo. The Save-On-Foods Dragon Boat Festival continues to grow, attracting teams from all over North America. This year’s event expects to have 90 teams. Beautiful weather, entertainment for all ages and the pure spirit of its participants have made Nanaimo’s races a premiere destination for the dragonboat community over the past nine years. The plan for 2011 is to ride on the successes of the previous eight years. The theme for the 2011 festival is Caribbean Carnival – so expect plenty of steel drums. It doesn’t take much for a team to qualify for the dragonboat races. “You just have to be breathing and able to sit upright,” said Dragonboat Society past president, Frank Mazzei. A team must have a tiller and a drum-

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mer, and up to 20 paddlers. There are two divisions, mixed and women’s only; with the mixed division requiring a minimum of eight female paddlers. Although it’s OK to race with fewer than 20 paddlers, the disadvantage is obvious. Besides, the dragonboaters’ motto is, “Twenty paddlers – One heart.” “All paddles have to move together,” said Mazzei. “The team that can do that will win.”

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irdwatchers from all over the world flock to Nanaimo to get a glimpse or snap a photo of the huge variety of avian wildlife. Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo River Estuary, Colliery Dam Park, Neck Point Park, Chase River Estuary Park, Hemer Park, Morrell Nature Sanctuary and at least a dozen other sites offer everything from wrens to raptors. The Birdingpal, a guide to world’s best birding locations, lists Nanaimo and its surrounding areas for the best birdwatching on Vancouver Island. Great birding spots are also good areas to just get out and enjoy the outdoors and most offer paths, facilities and natural features for picnicking, hiking, cycling, rock climbing and nature photography. Nanoose bird photographer Mike Yip took up the craft in as a hobby in 2003 after he retired from teaching. He has published several books, which help cover the costs of photography, but are also a vehicle to share his work and skills to encourage other photographers. “There’s a lot of good photographers out there,” Yip said. “But they don’t get their stuff out.” Yip’s goal is to ultimately photograph all 400 of the Island’s listed bird species.

Buttertubs Marsh is among his favourite spots for easy access to plenty of birds. “There are American bittern, green heron, Virginia rails, soras, a lot of different ducks like hooded mergansers,” he said. “The last rare duck I heard here was a tufted duck about six or seven years ago, but there’s always the potential for finding a rare duck around here because it’s a great habitat.” Keith McDonald, retired deputy fire chief, took up birdwatching and photography a year ago. One of his favourite local spots is the Nanaimo River estuary, where, along with waterfowl, birders can catch

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Th gettaw opptio Islaan specc and dozens of well established, year-round ound artart ist studios and a culture, community and host of friendly characters, hard at work and play. The island is the size of Manhattan, with a park as big as Central and almost as much to do as in the Big Apple, in high season. The climate is Mediterranean and the population, 4,000-plus, doubles in summer. Before you set your sights on Gabriola (pronounced GAY-briola), first visit the website www.gabriolaisland.org, filled with regularly updated information on attractions and accommodation, photos and FAQs, by chamber of commerce manager Carol Ramsay. “Too many visitors just drive around the perimeter of the Island, skimming the surface instead experiencing the heart of

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From page 33 The restaurant is part of the recently opened Madrona Mall, at the summit of Ferry Hill, home to the likes of Mad Rona’s, a contemporary big-city coffee bar, Slice of Life Gallery and North Road Sports, which stocks fishing, camping and cycling gear, along with clothing. Another popular Gabriola gourmet experience is Slow Rise Bakery. Paul MacEwen and Dimitri Tzotzos created a massive Cob and brick oven and equally unique wood frame building where they now hand-craft artisan breads, everything from 100 per cent spelt to olive and rosemary, baguettes and white chocolate and blueberry scones. They also create long line-ups at the Gabriola Saturday Farmer’s Market and, because of demand, have expanded offIsland to the Bowen Road and Nanaimo Farmer’s Markets. Some folks savor more than outdoors or art and visit Gabriola for an educational experience. People from around the world study at the Silva Bay Shipyard School, the Island School of the Building Arts (near Drumbeg Park) and The Haven (at Davis Bay). Other educational opportunities include

John Rogers’ 8 Dragon Kayaks, where he assists students in building their own unique craft, one at a time, in as little as three weeks. “People often start from scratch in late spring with little woodworking experience and are enjoying their very own light, safe and eye-popping kayak by early summer,” he reports, adding: “A major attraction is bragging rights when asked: ‘Who built that beauty?’” He also sharpens knives and saw blades for anyone who is tired of being dull, including many folks from “town.” There is much to see by water and land. Gabriola has more than its share of renowned Gulf Island scenery, including four waterfront parks, endless trails and a golf course carved around tiny Lake Hoggan. Surveys have shown that visitors enjoy: ◆ The largest number of beach accesses on the Gulf Islands, more than 30. ◆ Drumbeg Park, an easy walk beneath Garry Oaks, along fascinating sandstone formations leading to a panoramic view of Flat Top Islands. ◆ Page’s Resort and Marina, a short hop away, with a charming bookstore, specializing in a surprising selection of Island authors. 6-8 Passenger Limousine

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Newcastle is a cherished destination just minutes from the city

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he moment you step onto Newcastle Island, you can feel the layers of history it holds come alive. Today, it sits like a jewel in the Nanaimo Harbour, a place to unwind, relax and enjoy at a slow pace. Whether it’s a dip in Kanaka Bay – named for Hawaiian immigrants who worked on the island – or birdwatching at Mallard Lake, the island is one of Nanaimo’s most cherished destinations for tourists and residents alike. “Newcastle Island provides a reflection of Nanaimo’s early years,” said Bill Merilees, author of Newcastle Island: A Place of Discovery. “From the discovery of coal, followed by sandstone quarrying, herring salting by Japanese Canadians, and a pre-Second World War dancehall and picnic destination brought Nanaimo her early prosperity and a place where Nanaimoites could forget their cares.” But in the years before 1930, when the Island was purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway as a getaway resort for its employees and their families, Newcastle was a place for hardworking men and several industries. The first people to make use of the 336-hectare island were the Coast Salish,

its fleet of steamships on the west coast. A second mine, the Fitzwilliam Mine, opened from 1872-1882, and has the unfortunate honour of being the site of an infamous accident, when a gas explosion took the lives of three miners on Sept. 15, 1876. Coal seams from both mines ran to Nanaimo, and as a result both Newcastle Island and Nanaimo are honeycombed with the remnants of coal shafts today.

Partnership protects island On Sept. 22, 2007, the province and city signed a deal with Snuneymuxw First Nation to create a management board to preserve the historical, cultural and scientific interest of the island. Newcastle remains and island of recreation, complete with excellent bird and wildlife watching near Mallard Lake. Overnight camping spots are available in the summer months, ‘pickle boats’ offer tours of Newcastle and the pavilion often hosts weddings and other events. who, from January to April, lived on the island to take advantage of the herring that spawned between Newcastle and Protection islands. In the early 1800s, at a time when the Coast Salish had moved on to other hunting grounds, Europeans arrived, and in 1852 sunk the first coal mine – the Newcastle Mine – to help provide fuel for

Visitors can still see the remnants of the mine’s entry point today. Coal, however, wasn’t the island’s only gift to industrialists. In 1869 Joseph Emery of the United States Mint in San Francisco began searching for the perfect sandstone to build the new mint. He found it on Newcastle, where over several years thousands of tons of sandstone was removed

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and shipped south. The mint, which has survived at least one major earthquake, still stands today as a national landmark. Newcastle sandstone was then used for several other building projects, including the original Nanaimo post office. As the sandstone industry slowed, yet another industry on the island continued to grow. In the winter months at the turn of the 20th century, the area’s Japanese community constructed four herring salteries on Newcastle. October through March were the busiest times for herring, and it was soon discovered that salmon returning in the fall could also be caught and processed, giving the salteries product for the balance of the year. Around 1920, some of the Japanese saltery owners started another business called the Nanaimo Shipyards Limited, which built and repaired vessels on the island. When the Second World War started, however, most of the areas Japanese Canadians were sent to internment camps in the province’s interior, effectively ending Newcastle’s near century of industrialism. In 1930, the British Columbia Steamship Service, owned and operated by CPR, purchased the island for a reported sum of $30,000. It built the pavilion, which stands today and was renovated as recently as 1984, and soon Newcastle Island was the site of thousands of picnickers and others looking to relax on its sandy beaches, grassy fields or wooded trails. In the mid-1950s, CPR sold Newcastle to the City of Nanaimo and in 1960 the city sold it to the province to become one of the province’s first designated marine parks. 35


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few dozen paddle strokes out from the Brechin boat launch, my kayak approaches Newcastle Island. While the city is only a minute behind me, it feels far away as I float leisurely alongside the treed cliffs and sandy beaches of Newcastle. Peter Boon, an activities coordinator with Alberni Outpost and my guide for an afternoon of paddling, leads me north along the island’s rocky coastline and into shallow bays, where we look down at starfish, wavy strands of kelp and shells on the ocean floor. We spot a raccoon digging for clams on one sandy beach and a family of sea otters on another. We paddle up to brilliant purple starfish clinging to rocks and all around us there are different types of birds flying, floating

and diving. Newcastle is a popular paddling destination for tourists and locals alike because of all the wildlife that can be seen and the fact that inexperienced paddlers can circumnavigate it in two or three hours. “There’s always something to see and every time you see something different,” he said. “You just sit and float and watch the world go by. It’s a big chunk of the city that people look at that they don’t get a chance to experience.” The Newcastle channel is a gentle, calm paddle, but as we round the corner and cross Departure Bay to explore the islands near the Pacific Biological Station – first ensuring we are not about to cross paths with a departing B.C. Ferries vessel – it starts to get rougher. Once I’m used to navigating the swell, I start to enjoy it.

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We paddle through a narrow cave at Jesse Island, then slap our paddles at a bunch of seals that poked their heads up to check us out as we paddle back to the boat ramp. With so many sheltered areas, islands and open waters to explore, Nanaimo is a kayaking paradise for both the experienced and inexperienced paddler. Alberni Outpost runs guided tours around Newcastle year-round as well as rentals from its location on Stewart Avenue. Lessons are also available. Besides paddling around Newcastle, other options include heading north to Piper’s Lagoon and Shack Island or to Protection and Gabriola islands to the south. South of the city, Gulf Islands such as De Courcy Island, just south of Gabriola, await the more experienced paddler or those on a guided tour. De Courcy is home to one of the most popular marine

parks on the Gulf Islands – Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park – which is a popular place to camp in the summer months. North of the city is Nanoose Bay, where some people have reported paddling through a pod of orcas. People can also

brave the open waters and check out the sea lions on Snake Island east of Nanaimo. For Ashley Rowe, a coach with the Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club, the best thing about Nanaimo is that people can paddle year-round. The club has both recreational and competitive members of all ages and abilities and hosts a number of regional and provincial competitions. A unique feature of the club is that it provides members with ocean and fresh water paddling opportunities and a variety of boats including pleasure canoes, ocean kayaks, dragon boats, outrigger canoes, Olympic racing canoes and kayaks and war canoes. Public drop-in sessions are Friday nights at the Brechin boat launch and Saturday mornings at Long Lake and the club runs a variety of learn-to-paddle programs. “We’re about building paddlers for life,” said Rowe.

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NANAIMO ART GALLERY – With so many

local artists and exhibits the local art gallery has two locations at 900 5th St. on the Vancouver Island University Campus and downtown at 150 Commercial St. The campus gallery features exhibits by local and international artists while the downtown location has items from more than 100 local artists. Works are available for rental or purchase. Visit www.nanaimogallery.ca.

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ROCK CLIMBING –

There’s a few great spots around Nanaimo, but the best place for yearround climbing is the indoor facility at the Romper Room, which has climbs for all skill levels. Call 250-751-7625 or go to www.climbromperroom.com.

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CUTTY SARK SIN REGATTA – Skippers and crew

of boats participating in the Nanaimo Yacht Club’s Cutty Sark SIN Regatta July 1-3 are kept smiling by the organizing committee, an army of yellow shirted volunteers and the fabulously generous sponsors. Friday’s dock party and Opti races are always a great hit. Continental breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings are a great start to racing on both days, with a wonderful dinner on Saturday.

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of Nanaimo, the rural communities of Cedar and Yellow Point off ffer stunning countryside vistas. Maps are available from www.tourismnanaimo.com.

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dabbers and head for Playtime Bingo at 495 Dunsmuir St., which offers ff 308 traditional paper seats and 156 electronic bingo. Th The facility also has a great selection of finger foods, snacks, sandwiches, soups and beverages available. Call 250-754-3077 or go to www.playtimegaming.ca.

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NANAIMO MUSEUM – Nanaimo’s

history was given new life with the construction of our facility in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-753-1821 or go to www.nanaimomuseum.ca.

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Nanaimo’s waterfront is one jewel in the city, No. 2 has got to be Mt. Benson, providing outdoor enthusiasts with an opportunity to take to the woods only minutes from their doorstep. Accessible from Witchcraft Lake on Benson View Road or up through the hills above Westwood Lake, the nearly six-hour round-trip hike takes you through old growth timber, waterfalls and streams, previously logged areas and views galore along the way. Benson’s view from the summit is spectacular, encompassing Cedar to Texada Island along the water, the entire Nanaimo River valley and the mountain peaks beyond. Got an item, activity or place you think should be included in this list? Let us know. Send an e-mail to editor@nanaimobulletin.com. Your suggestion could show up in this publication next year.

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