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!
UIMF Dance GalaApr 11, 2015
Each year, the dance section of the Upper Island Music Festival is extremely proud to present the best and most entertaining group dance performances in DANCE GALA.
Chosen to perform by our festival adjudicators, dancers from communities all across Vancouver Island will provide you with an evening of outstanding entertainment. Join us for an evening of dance that you will not want to miss!
Elvis & FriendsApr 12, 2015
Elvis & Friends is a cast of performers supported by some of the recording artists whose music or live performances Elvis most admired. Each of the artists depicted in this production are considered among the best of the best tribute artists in the world today… Donny Edwards as Elvis, Lou Nelson as Tom Jones, Laura Gillespie as Anne Murray, and Bobby Brooks Wilson paying tribute to his famous father Jackie Wilson. Don’t miss ELVIS & FRIENDS featuring the legendary Memphis Beats Rock’n’Roll Band on tour in Canada during the spring of 2015.
Harry ManxApr 25, 2015
“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’s Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Manx has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.
Manx is a prolific artist, releasing 13 albums in a 14 year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007. 2013′s Om Suite Ohm was voted by the Montreal daily La Presse as one of only 4 CDs to watch for in 2013. Guitar Player Magazine called it “his most fully realized work to date”. In February, Manx released an instrumental album titled 20 String and the Truth.
Don’t miss this inspiring finale to the 2014-15 Spotlight Season!