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    Go for a boat ride!

    by Camping_Girl Written Mar 25, 2008

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    There is plenty of fishing to be done at Nanaimo - the ocean plays a huge part in the way of life here. You can charter a boat to get out and do a little fishing, or just to spend a couple of hours on the sea, watching the seals and taking some photos.

    My cousin has lived in Nanaimo for a long time. He has watched orcas, whales and everything other type of marine life from his little boat.

    Seals on an island near Gabriola Gabriola Island I can't even remember how many sunfish we caught! Snake Island Here come my fishermen!
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    The park at the harbour

    by Camping_Girl Written Mar 25, 2008

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    There is a really nice park along the harbour. There were lots of people swimming and splashing around. There is a long pier where people can fish. But with the number of seals that we saw in the harbour, I'd have my doubts about catching anything there!

    Looking east towards the Strait of Georgia A spot to rest overlooking the public pier A little family fun in the park... Grey Heron was fishing for dinner!
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    Shop at the Harbour

    by Camping_Girl Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    There are some really neat stores and art galleries along the harbour walk. Of course, this is also the place to buy fresh crab and other seafood. It's a great way to spend an afternoon. Then stop at one of the many little cafes (some are floating) in the harbour for lunch or a cold drink.

    We bought crabs here the day we were leaving to go home. The woman who sold them to us killed them, cleaned them and told us how to pack them on ice so they would stay fresh until we got home. She also told me how to cook them for eating or freezing when we got home.

    You could easily spend an hour just walking along the harbour too.

    Boats in the harbour Another view of the harbour You will see starfish & sunfish everywhere!
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    Newcastle Island Provincial Park

    by Albernfrau Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Only a 10 min. boat ride from downtown Nanaimo, Newcastle Island is a gem. Walk the 7.4 km circumference of the Island or some of the other shorter trails. Beachcomb, camp, swim, hike, kayak...There is a canteen on the Island. You can spot wildlife and marine life on this Island. You can also enjoy the magnificent views, especially at Giovando Point. On your way to Giovando Pt. you will have views of the harbour plans taking off and landing. At Gionvando Pt. you can see out into the great wide ocean. You may even see the BC Ferries coming by. Check out all my photos for the view and other areas of the Island. The ferry is $7CAN per adult. Check out the website for schedule and more details. This is a fantastic trip. You can spend 2 hours or 2 days and enjoy every moment.

    Check out all my photos and the website provided.

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    Go For A Ramble in Nanaimo

    by spitball Written Mar 1, 2006

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    Nanaimo has a rich history spanning from its roots as an ancient Coast Salish gathering place to the arrival of the European Explorers and the Hudson's Bay Company. Nanaimo's modern history was built upon rich deposits of coal and abundant fishing resources. Petroglyph Park has rock carvings left by earlier inhabitants, and these are something accessible to explore, not too far from the downtown core. Nanaimo District Museum provides an interactive display of its colourful history. Native exhibits, archeological artifacts, miner's cottage, a highly acclaimed coal mining exhibit and a 10,000 year old petroglyph are some of the museum's features. A collection of over 3,000 historical photos are available for public viewing. Plus there is a great little park, Piper Park, next to this museum that affords great views of the Harbour, Newcastle Island and Protection Island. A little bit of solitude in the downtown core! There's also a great little floating pub, in the harbour just off of Newcastle Island.
    A short walk from the Museum is The Bastion. Built in 1853, this white octagonal tower was the defence arsenal around which Hudson's Bay settlement grew. The newly restored fortress is the last surviving Hudson's Bay Company bastion in North America. You can witness a noon cannon-firing ceremony during the summer months complete with piper in full tartan dress.
    Ach, laddie! Just below the Bastion is Pioneer Rock, the point of arrival for emigrant miners aboard the Princess Royal after a grueling six-month voyage around Cape Horn from Britain. The Bastion also serves as a seasonal Tourism Nanaimo Infocentre.

    Nice walk around the lake in Nanaimo Small Boat leaving Horseshoe Bay in Nth Vanc. B.C. Ferries at Horseshoe Bay Gabriola Island map Nanaimo Scenes
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    The Great Outdoors

    by Gypsyflower Written May 30, 2005

    Nanaimo is a long narrow strip of civilization located in a large wilderness that is Vancouver Island. Climb Mt Benson to see how far the forest behind Nanaimo reaches. Visit a bike shop to get maps on good spots to bike and hike, there are lots of them.

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    Great walking town

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Nanaimo is a great walking town. The downtown area is excellent for an afternoon or evening stroll. You can also see the harbor and the sea. There are also a few points of interest in the downtown area. Worth a visit.

    Streets of Nanaimo
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    Get a Fishing License and Some Crab Pots!!

    by exSlacker Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Just ask anyone in any of the towns in the San Juans, and they can tell you where you need to go to get a Canadian Fishing License. If the boat you are in has crab pots, don't hesitate to use them! However, be sure that it is ok in the area where you are docked. Some bays and coves have special protections, and crabbing is illegal. The picture to the left is a huge mound of Dungeness Crab Meat. It was part of one of the best meals I have ever had.

    delicious crab meat!
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    3, 2, 1, Bungy!

    by stodmyk Written Oct 8, 2003

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    The Bungy Zone was the first legal bungy bridge in North America, and remains our sole bridge specifically built for bungy jumping. If you jump elsewhere, you're either doing it illegally or in a parking lot of an amusement park or shopping mall. Gee. Pavement. THAT's something to enjoy from high up. The view of the Nanaimo River gorge alone is worth the trek to the Bungy Zone.

    Once a year they have a naked weekend; anyone who'll jump in the buff jumps for free. It's worth the experience, even if you go on another weekend, with or without clothes.

    There's just nothing quite like the feeling of bungy jumping. I found it FAR scarier than parachuting, and have jumped about 7 times over the past 10 years (and yes, my first time was sans clothing, for free). The pictures you see are from a jump about 6 years ago -- I was 26 years old, and decided since it was my 5th jump I'd go backwards. Worth it, worth it, worth it.

    I'm here all week; try the veal.
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    Strolling along the harbour

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 11, 2012

    Strolling around the harbour is a natural things to do. You can walk at the water at the low side or along the street higher up the hill.

    Nanaimo harbour Nanaimo harbour Nanaimo harbour Nanaimo harbour Entrance to the Pioneer's waterfront - Nanaimo
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    Walking around

    by Karolina01 Updated Aug 27, 2006

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    Nanaimo is extraordinary beautiful city. Specially during late afternoon before and during the sunset.

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    The Bastion

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 19, 2004

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    This is a symbol of Nanaimo and part of the Hudson's Bay Company fort. Built in 1853, it is a very solid wooden tower for cannon.

    The Bastion, Nanaimo
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    More seafood...

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Here is another nice seafood dish which can be found in town. I also enjoyed eating fried crab cakes. Seen in the picture is the actual dish that I had.

    Fried crab cakes
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    Come for excellent seafood

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 28, 2004

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    We had a good afternoon meal at a local restaurant which served excellent seafood dishes. Seen here is a seafood cocktail which contains all kinds of seafood, and it costs only $7 or $8.

    Seafood cocktail
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