Coast Bastion Hotel
Things We Love to Do near our Nanaimo Hotel
We don’t just work in Nanaimo; we live and play here, too. These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re staying at our Coast Bastion Hotel. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do near our Nanaimo lodging? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
This gorgeous island has an abundance of trails to explore and views to capture. Check out Mallard Lake while you’re there—the perfect spot for swimming and boating.
Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant and Protection Island
Canada’s only registered floating pub! Have a bite and raise a glass while you take in the incredible wildlife.
Nanaimo Museum & Sports Hall of Fame
Learn the fascinating history of Nanaimo in this beautiful new facility. Exhibits are updated regularly!
Scenic trails, beautiful views—this waterfront park is the perfect place to soak in the splendour of Nanaimo.
This historic waterfront park is home to rugged cliffs, pebbled beaches, and winding trails. A popular spot for scuba divers!
You’ll find tons of exceptional trails for hiking and biking on Mt. Benson, Nanaimo’s highest peak!
LOVERBOYFeb 26, 2015
One of Canada`s most iconic rock bands, LOVERBOY will play at the Port Theatre for the first time ever, with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound, and high-energy live show.
LOVERBOY has sold more than ten million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self titled 1980 debut, 1983`s Keep it Up, and 1985`s Lovin` Every Minute of It. Their incredible string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend”, “Lovin` Every Minute of It,” “This Could be the Night”, “Hot Girls in Love”, “Heaven In Your Eyes”, “When It`s Over”, “Queen of the Broken Hearts”, and of course one of the greatest rock anthems of all time, “Turn Me Loose”.
LOVERBOY consists of original members, vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, Doug Johnson on keyboards, and Matt Frenette on drums. Ken Sinnaeve has replaced the late Scott Smith on bass. The band continues a healthy touring schedule around the world.
Pirates of PenzanceFeb 28, 2015
Arguably one of Gilbert & Sullivan´s most popular operettas, the South Island Musical Theatre Society´s production of The Pirates of Penzance will keep you both chuckling and toe-tapping with its light-hearted humour, political satire and wonderful music, including such well known songs as “Oh, Better Far to Live and Die (I Am a Pirate King)”, “Poor Wandering One”, and the often-parodied “I Am The Very Model of A Modern Major-General”. Keep your eyes and ears open for some present day updating of this classic, and get ready to be wowed by this young and extremely talented cast of local actors!
16th Annual Nanaimo West Coast Womens ShowFeb 28, 2015 9:30 am — Mar 1, 2015 4:00 pm
Nanaimo West Coast Women’s Show Celebrates 16th Year! Feb 28 and Mar 1st Nanaimo West Coast Women’s Show comes to Beban Park in Nanaimo. A two day life style show for and about women there will be a interesting assortment of products, services and information sure to please all ages of women. Only at the West Coast Women’s Show can you shop for jewelery and fashions, have your tarot cards read, take in a seminar, have your teeth whitened, find a new job opportunity or enjoy a relaxing massage!
Pirates of PenzanceMar 1, 2015
This is just part of young Frederic´s tale in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Arguably one of Gilbert & Sullivan´s most popular operettas, the South Island Musical Theatre Society´s production of The Pirates of Penzance will keep you both chuckling and toe-tapping with its light-hearted humour, political satire and wonderful music, including such well known songs as “Oh, Better Far to Live and Die (I Am a Pirate King)”, “Poor Wandering One”, and the often-parodied “I Am The Very Model of A Modern Major-General”. Keep your eyes and ears open for some present day updating of this classic, and get ready to be wowed by this young and extremely talented cast of local actors!
Festival NanaimoMar 3, 2015 8:00 am — Mar 28, 2015 10:00 pm
Festival Nanaimo is a new multi-dimensional community festival taking place in Nanaimo throughout the month of March 2015. It will showcase all the things that we love about the city where we live, work and play.
The Festival will include great entertainment, concerts, theatre, art and crafts, culinary delights, sporting events and sport tournaments, workshops, the Nanaimo Boat Show, recreational activities, golf specials, a rock & roll music camp for kids 8 to 80, and for families – a PirateFest FunDay – and a festival celebrating Nanaimo would not be complete without our namesake dessert. There promises to be “Nanaimo Bar Everything” throughout the month!
Whether you live here or need a “Spring Get-a-way”, we invite you to discover all that Nanaimo has to offer this March. Go ahead, indulge your fun side, after all – you deserve a break!