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    Bungy Jumping at WildPlay on the Nanaimo River

    by CNevinT Written Aug 26, 2014

    An iconic, steampunk sculpture of flowing heavy metal, the Bungy Jump bridge itself arcs above the Nanaimo River, stretching across a narrow, forested gorge that is as deep as a 15-story building. A steep, wide flight of stairs leads up to the bridge deck and the bungy jump-off point – it’s so steep it seems to block out the sky entirely.

    North America's first purpose-built bungee bridge
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    Hit the Playground

    by kehale Written Aug 6, 2014

    Travelling with a 3 year old always means finding child friendly things to do... for us, if they are free it's even better. When I stumbled across the Harbourside Playdock on the Waterfront Trail I was thrilled... as was our daughter. This is one of the biggest playgrounds I have ever seen and my daughter went nuts when she found it. There is a fantastic variety of equipment for the little ones to run, climb, balance, swing, slide and just generally play on. Every single day that we were in Nanaimo we visited the park for a varying amount of time and my daughter never grew tired of it... and neither did I! If you are in Nanaimo with a little one, definitely spend some time at the playground with them! You will all enjoy it!

    Arriving at the Park Climbing
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    Walk Along the Waterfront

    by kehale Written Aug 5, 2014

    The Waterfront Trail is the perfect thing to do while visiting Nanaimo, and the best part is that it is free! After breakfast on our first morning, I headed straight there with my daughter. It's easy to get to, as long as you can get to Front St, as there are a number of entrances onto the path from Front St.
    It's a great thing to do with little one's as there is much to see. Our 3 year old enjoyed the boats, geese and of course watching the float planes take off and land. There are usually buskers and people selling small items along the path (they won't bother you if you aren't interested) and you can walk along to the public dock where people often go crabbing and you may even be lucky enough to see the seal who comes in looking for free handouts from visitors.
    Keep walking and you will find the Harbourside Play dock and a large park where they are often markets and other events taking place. You could walk for a long time and just get some good excercise and take in all of the fantastic views that Nanaimo has to offer. If you are visiting the Harbour City, how can you not take in all of the Harbour views that they have to offer... FOR FREE!!

    One of the Marnia's on the waterfront Checking out the boats The crab sculpture on the trail
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    Nanaimo boat basin

    by shavy Written Jul 5, 2014

    At one time, all you would see parked here were fishing boats. But since the decline in the fishery happened, what we see parked here now are mostly pleasure craft. This is looking north east across the Nanaimo Harbour when I took this shot, I was looking through the channel that goes between Newcastle Island and Protection Island. You can walk across there at low tide

    But both are terrific places to check out and spend a day at seaplane float docks in the Nanaimo harbour with Newcastle Island in the background. It has been said that the Nanaimo harbour is the most beautiful harbour on the west coast of North America

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    The Court House

    by shavy Written Jul 5, 2014

    From a distance this building means business I imagine that it was and still is humbling to walk toward this building. The Nanaimo Court House is different from most in that its site location is not a corner lot. This beautiful building sits on sloping land with beautiful harbor, mainland and island views

    There's a landscaped public space at the front of the building and it lends itself to taking lunch, and a moment just to enjoy the view. A beautiful slate roof with copper ornamentation, coupled with the sheer grandeur of the building must have been an imposing view on the landscape. An addition at the rear of the building on Chapel Street hasn't impacted on the character

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    The Bastion

    by shavy Updated Jul 5, 2014

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    We walk away from the harbor at the main road we met this Bastion . The Hudson is Bay Company completed the Bastion in 1853 as the centre of a settlement dedicated to coal mining. The Bastion is perhaps most famous for its exciting cannon firing ceremony every day at noon from International Museum day (Sunday, May 18, 2014) to Labour Day (Monday, September 1, 2014). Also adding to the entertainment every Thursday and Saturday between late June and Labour Day is the Brigadoon Dance Academy's highland dancers, who perform just before the cannon firing from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.

    Costumed interpreters are onsite throughout the summer season to answer historical and tourist inquiries. The Bastion is open every day from May until the Labour Day long weekend from 10am to 5pm. Winter hours begin in September, where the Bastion is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Located at the corner of Bastion and Front Street on Pioneer Waterfront Plaza

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    Wandering through the end of the harbor

    by shavy Written Jul 5, 2014

    As we keep on walking to the end of the waterfront, and how further you go, how more you discover a beautiful stylish building. This is a first harbor I've ever seen which has a very modern environment. The large building in the background is a combination pub, restaurant and seaplane terminal. It has been built on wooden pilings over the ocean and it's a great place to visit. Other small shops line the walkway in Nanaimo harbor it’s a very busy waterfront, many comes for a walk and dine-in or have coffee in one of the restaurants where you have a nice views to the island

    Seaplane terminal Restaurant
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    Stroll to the waterfront

    by shavy Updated Jul 5, 2014

    The famous Nanaimo waterfront provides a haven to those interested in fishing, wildlife cruises, kayaking and water sports. Hundreds of visitors pass through its harbour, which services tugboats, sail boats, float planes and freighters

    Formerly a coal mining town and third oldest city in British Colombia, this Harbour City radiates history and culture, downtown Nanaimo also features the heritage walking tour, which transports visitors back in time to the early 1900s. Come out and hear the latest Nanaimo's inner harbour and keep it as a working harbour with all it's flavour and character

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    The harbor

    by shavy Updated Jul 5, 2014

    A walk to the harbor for it's famous and varied landscapes the city of Nanaimo boasts one of the prettiest waterfronts. A playground of land and sea activities, Nanaimo is a perfect place for a family vacation, a year-round golf getaway, or a romantic weekend

    The bustling harbour is the central focus for visitors to Nanaimo, with freighters, fishing boats, tugboats and barges, sail boats and float planes all coming and going in a hive of activity in the harbour. Choose from wildlife cruises, kayaking trips, or fishing charters

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    Celebrating the local salmon

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 14, 2012

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    You don't have to spend very long in British Columbia to realise that salmon in all its incarnations forms a major component of the province's economy. Given its economic significance, it's not surprising that the salmon is celebrated in local artforms, including municipal art.

    This fountain is located close to Nanaimo's casino and celebrates the importance of salmon. It's a pleasant piece of piece of sculpture (with some nice mosaic work edging the inner surface of the ponds), but to my mind, is nowhere near as attractive as the beautiful salmon fountain in Port Alberni.

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    Whimsical art celebrating local history

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 14, 2012

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    I love it when art is used to transform an everyday item into something that's interesting as well as functional, so I was delighted to find this amusing piece next to the casino.

    A large metal box (presumably housing telephone or electrical infrastructure) has been painted to make it look as though you're looking into the stopes of an underground coal mine. Given that Nanaimo has a coal mining history, it's a witty nod to the town's past, and is a clever way to make an otherwise unattractive piece of instrastructure into an attractive feature.

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    Nanaimo Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 12, 2012

    The Nanaimo Museum displays the history of this Pioneer town from its founding year till present.

    The perminent exhibition addresses Nanaimo's lifestyles, the Coal Mine, the Harbour, In The News, the Snunéymuxw, Educating Nanaimo, Timber! , the Bastion Era and the Sports Hall of Fame.

    Furthermore additional temporary exhibitions are organised.

    Admission: CAD 2.00 (Adult)

    Opening hours:
    Summer: Daily: 10AM - 5PM
    Winter: Mo-Sa: 10AM - 5PM

    Nanaimo Museum
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    Cathedral Grove-God's Country

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 31, 2012

    Cathedral Grove is situated in Macmillan Provincial Park.It is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas Fir ecosystem here on Vancouver Island.The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 metres(250 ft) in height and 9 metres(29 ft) in circumference.They are the survivors of a forest fire that ravaged the area some 350 years ago and the even more devastating invasion by Europeans who colonized Vancouver Island from 1849.Although spiritual in meaning,'Cathedral Grove' is a name embedded in a romantic and Eurocentric attitude towards B.C.nature that does not acknowledge the stewardship of the indigenous peoples,First Nations,who cared for this biological treasure over 1000's of years and preserved it as a big tree heritage for all mankind.
    The park is open all year round and is free to enjoy,there are plenty of hiking trails through the forest and there are public toilets.No camping,no Fires and all dogs must be kept on a lead.

    Giant Fir Overlooking Cameron Lake Storm damage Stunning setting
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    Bungy zone(Wild Play park)

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2012

    Bungy Zone is one of several adventure parks situated around British Colombia,Recently renamed as Wild Play Parks.This one is just minutes south of Nanaimo at the side of the highway.It offers the Spirited individual a chance to let go and have some real adventure.Bungy Jumping,Canyon Zip Line and King Swing are just some of the activities on offer here.Ive been here twice with two different friends and on each occasion we did the Canyon Zip Line which is very exciting and breathtaking.I was not brave enough to do the Bungy Jump but the Zip Line does offer an adrenalin rush.How often are you dropped off the side of a bridge falling hundreds of feet and pulled across a canyon over a river at very fast speed.The park is very popular with locals and tourists and is set amoung stunning scenery.Prices will have changed since my last visit so best to check website for details.

    Bungy Jump Bungy Bridge Canyon Zip Line We survived Another jumper
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    Englishman River Falls Park

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 15, 2012

    This is a Provincial park and campground situated alongside Englishman river north of Nanaimo.The park features two stunning waterfalls cascading along the descending riverbed into a deep canyon.This picturesque destination,set amid a lush old-growth and second-growth forest of Douglas fir,ceder,hemlock and maple is an ideal location from which to explore and appreciate the incredible diversity of south-central Vancouver island.
    The park has a large day use area and campground and contains several hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the river.Visitors can expect spectacular views along the way particulary from two bridges that cross the river where it plunges down the narrow rock canyon toward quieter waters below.The lower falls end in a deep crystal-clear pool which makes an ideal swimming place in the summer when river levels are low and a great place to see spawing Salmon in the fall.
    Entry to the park is free.Camping runs from Apr 30th till Sept 30th.No winter camping.No fishing.There are public toilets,Running water taps and picnic areas.

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