Nanaimo Things to Do

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    Go For A Ramble in Nanaimo

    by spitball Written Mar 1, 2006

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    Nice walk around the lake in Nanaimo
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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    Get a Fishing License and Some Crab Pots!!

    by exSlacker Written Feb 25, 2004

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    delicious crab meat!

    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.

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    3, 2, 1, Bungy!

    by stodmyk Written Oct 8, 2003

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    I'm here all week; try the veal.

    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.

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    Englishman River Falls Park

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 15, 2012
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    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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    Bungy zone(Wild Play park)

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2012
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    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.

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    Cathedral Grove-God's Country

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 31, 2012
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    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.

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    Nanaimo Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 12, 2012
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    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

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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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    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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