Nanaimo and area is full of breathtaking sights that the locals are very proud of. Full of rich history, the beaches, the Nanaimo River, The Bastion, and Mount Benson are just a few of the many sights Nanaimo has to offer.
Visit Nanaimo’s oldest building, and the only original wooden bastion in North America. The Bastion was constructed in 1853 using traditional the construction techniques of the time. While the timbers in the Bastion are original, the interior has undergone several reconstructions over the past few years. The interior showcases the history of Nanaimo as an early mining post for the Hudson’s Bay company and beyond. The Bastion has survived multiple moves and renovations, but still stands as one of the most iconic symbols of Nanaimo. The Bastion is operated by the Nanaimo District Museum, and is open from the May Long Weekend to the Labour Day Long Weekend. The Bastion also features a daily cannon firing during the summer months, a must see and a great photo opportunity!
Located in the Nanaimo Harbor this 336 hectare park is only accessible by boat and is a must visit for any trip to Nanaimo! With over 22 kilometers of trails to hike, and beautiful beaches to swim at this park is a must see for any eco-tourism lover! In addition to being beautiful in nature, the island is rich in local history. You can search for the remains of a Coast Salish village, or explore the remains of a fish-salting operation, sandstone quarry and a shipyard. In 1931 the island was purchased by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company and operated it as a pleasure resort. The company built a dance pavilion, teahouse, picnic areas, change houses and a soccer field, with most of these buildings still standing today. Today, services and facilities at the park include: campsites, washrooms, a visitor’s centre, and a picnic area. For more information on Newcastle Island please visit their website.
Self Guided Tours
Self-guided tours are a great way to explore Nanaimo and it’s history. Self-guided tours are available thanks to the City of Nanaimo and feature a guides through 5 different neighbourhoods in the city. You can easily spend an hour or two or an afternoon exploring these neighbourhoods: Downtown, Harewood, Newcastle, Southend, and Nob Hill/Chinatown
There’s no end to the activities available in Nanaimo and the surrounding area. Whether you’re passion is outdoor adventure, shopping or the arts we’ve got you covered.
Parks & Trails
There is an abundance of beautiful parks here in Nanaimo. There is over 100 kilometers of trails, 65 playgrounds and 22 sports fields there is something for everyone!
The Inn on Long Lake is minutes away from three major shopping malls including the largest mall on Vancouver Island, Woodgrove Centre. Not to mention, after a full day of shopping, you’ll want to check out some of the amazing restaurants.