Things We Love to Do In Nanaimo, BC
We don’t just work in Nanaimo, BC; 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 such as our only floating pub in Canada to 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, British Columbia 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!
Friday Fun at MinnozJun 10, 2016 6:00 pm — Aug 26, 2016 10:00 pm
Dave Hart performs at Minnoz Restaurant in the Coast Bastion Hotel. Solo Instrumentalist. Featuring popular songs and world themes on classical and electric guitars. Dates Below:
Mark your calendars!
Summertime Music Series 2016Aug 4, 2016 12:00 pm — Aug 25, 2016 1:00 pm
Indie Entertainment and the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association presents the 2016 Summertime Music Series in 3 different locations, this summer every Thursday in August 25.There will be a great range of artists playing for you every week. It is a great opportunity to get out on your lunch hour and enjoy the sunshine, and a little music.
Albert St. Square (corner of Albert St. and Victoria Crest.)
June 2 – Jayden Holman sponsored by Mambo Gourmet Pizza
June 9 – Kendal Patrick
June 16 – Jona Kristinsson and Marty Steele
June 23 -The Eggmen
June 30 – Tina Jones (From the Kerplunks and Wunderbread)
Old City Quarter – Fitzwilliam Gate
July 7 – Almost Famous Trio
July 14 – The Hill Trio feat. Anna, Kismets little leading lady in the musical Annie. Jr.
July 21 – Whitney Somers
July 28 – TerraZetto
Diana Krall Plaza
August 4 – Lance Lapoint
August 11 – The Distributors
August 18 – Scott McGill and Hope King
August 25 – Braeden Marshal
102nd Annual Coombs FairAug 13, 2016 8:00 am — Aug 14, 2016 5:00 pm
Since 1913, the Coombs Fair has been celebrating local agriculture and community. We’re a family affair with lots to do and see. From livestock to garden produce, arts & crafts, photography, needlework and domestic science, many hours of work go into the exhibits at the fair. Children and youth are an important part of keeping traditional, local agriculture alive in these ever-changing times, and 4-H is a huge component of our fair. We extend a warm welcome to everyone to come and enjoy the Coombs Fair.
The Tragically Hip Final Concert Viewing PartyAug 20, 2016 4:00 pm — Aug 20, 2016 10:00 pm
Come watch the final Tragically Hip concert live from Kingston Ontario with a couple hundred other Hip fans on the big screen at The Queens in Nanaimo!
We will be giving away prizes throughout the night, and there will be a few live acoustic performances of Tragically Hip tunes from some of Nanaimo’s own talented musicians!
Tickets will be sold in advance and it will be by donation.
All proceeds will go to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. The money will benefit the Sunnybrook Foundation.
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
*Early Show* Starts approx 4p.m.
Summertime Blues FestivalAug 26, 2016 5:00 pm — Aug 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Bringing the best International Blues to the Harbour City!
The Nanaimo Blues Society’s Summertime Blues Festival presents their biggest ever line-up of Blues stars from U.S., England and Canada, playing every shade of blues imaginable.
Headlining on Friday will feature Tommy Castro with his guitar driving Western Blues sound. Saturday, you’re in for the best of the rockin’ British Blues Invasion of the ’60s with the legendary Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown. The Sunday headliner is none other than Blues Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Rick Estrin & The Nightcaps, with Estrin’s incomparable blues harp defining their dyed-in-the-wool blues sound.
MoasiCON 2016Sep 10, 2016 — Sep 11, 2016
Video Games, Technology, Magic, Cosplay, Entertainment, Miniatures, Role Playing and more….
MosaiCon 2016 will be a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island