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Welcome to the Harbour City


Kayaking Nanaimo Harbour


Island Insider: History comes alive History buffs find a lot to like in Nanaimo, with its historic old town, vibrant harbour and fascinating Nanaimo Museum, exploring First Nations and settlement history through both permanent and visiting exhibits. The Bastion, built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1853, is open daily through summer with a daily cannon firing ceremony at noon. For military history, visit the Vancouver Island Military Museum, with its impressive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts from the War of 1812 right through to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

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he Harbour City” is renowned for its excellent shopping, dining and vibrant arts and cultural scene, complemented by numerous outdoor opportunities. And with its mild Pacific climate and an interesting history captured in its heritage sites, Nanaimo is an excellent yearround vacation destination. BC’s third oldest city, historically Nanaimo is the homeland of the Coast Salish, who called themselves “Snuneymuxw,” which roughly translates as “gathering place.” And that it is. Delve into the city’s past at the more than 150-year-old Bastion and at the Nanaimo Museum, where highlights include First Nations displays, a replica coal mine, bathtub race exhibit and more. With more artists per capita than most other regions in Canada, explore Nanaimo’s arts and culture in its galleries and arts studios, on stage at the Port Theatre and at the city’s music venues. Diverse shopping districts include the Old City Quarter, arts district, waterfront shops and a variety of north-end shopping centres. Just south of the city, the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan


the wrecks, walls and reefs around Nanaimo, BC

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Snorkel with the seals on Snake Island Tour the shores of Nanaimo and nearby islands enjoying the history and ecology


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2016 Vancouver Island Visitor  

What to do. What to see. How you get there.

2016 Vancouver Island Visitor  

What to do. What to see. How you get there.