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!
Harbour City Jazz FestivalFeb 6, 2015 7:00 pm — Feb 6, 2015 9:00 pm
The Harbour City Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of Nanaimo’s talented jazz students from John Barsby Community, Wellington, and Woodlands Secondary Schools. The festival gives students the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents for the community in a high-end concert venue.
Each year, the festival welcomes a highly-renowned guest artist. This year, the festival is proud to present Vancouver-based trumpeter, pianist, drummer, composer, and educator Brad Turner. Turner is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished and in-demand musicians as well as a notable supporter of jazz education.
Dancestreams Dance Odyssey 2015Feb 7, 2015 7:30 pm — Feb 7, 2015 10:00 pm
A highlight of the dance season, featuring the best in youth dance on Vancouver Island from Victoria to Port McNeill, performing a wide variety of dance styles & genres. Something for everyone!
Dallas Smith: Tippin’ Point Tour in NanaimoFeb 12, 2015 7:00 pm — Feb 12, 2015 9:00 pm
Dallas Smith, ten year veteran and front man of the successful Rock band Default, has stepped on over to the world of Country music. See him with special guest Charlie Worsham.
Vancouver Island Symphony: He Sings, She SighsFeb 14, 2015 7:30 pm — Feb 14, 2015 9:00 pm
The perfect Valentine! The Vancouver Island Symphony presents a brand new show filled with a potpourri of romance, love songs, duets and great fun while bringing together the talents of two popular entertainers. Vancouver Island’s own irresistible and endearing tenor Ken Lavigne teams up with diva extraordinaire and renowned international chanteuse Nadya Blanchette in a one-of-a-kind show. Seductive, powerful, breathtaking and funny – He Sings, She Sighs – we melt.
Norman Foote with the Big Voice OrchestraFeb 17, 2015
All-ages concert with Juno-winning singer and humourist Norman Foote.
Laugh and sing out loud… amazing concert for the young at heart.