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!
Party in the ParkJul 1, 2016
Need something to do this Canada Day? PARTY IN THE PARK will be Nanaimo’s largest outdoor rock concert ever! Featuring Juno award winning rock bands Monster Truck and One Bad Son, along with Country/Rock group Girls Guns and Glory out of Boston, MA.
Local bands Under the Mountain, Chris Andres and Stompin’ Devilles will support the show along with up and coming folk/rock group Fallbrigade from Victoria.
This event is all ages with kids under 11 years old admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Come celebrate Canada’s birthday in the fresh air, with beautiful mountain views, great food and beverages and of course our fabulous Canadian talent. -
Dragonboat FestivalJul 8, 2016 3:00 pm — Jul 10, 2016 7:00 pm
It’s WET. It’s WILD. It’s a weekend of fun for the entire family! Save on Foods presents the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 8-10, 2016, at the spectacular Maffeo Sutton Park.
Silly Boat RegattaJul 17, 2016
Some of the silliest characters in Nanaimo are planning their strategy to participate in one of the craziest events this side of the Rockies! So join us Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at Maffeo Sutton Park (Swy-A-Lana Lagoon) as more than 50 teams build the silliest of ships and sail them in the Nanaimo Harbour. Boat building begins at 8 AM – Races at 1 PM. The Silly Boat Regatta is entertaining to watch, whether you’re 9 or 90 – you will be guaranteed a great time!
Nanaimo Marine FestivalJul 21, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 24, 2016 5:00 pm
Events in the city centre include the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association’s Bathtub Days on Commercial Street. A Farmer’s Market is at Pioneer Plaza on Friday.
On Saturday at 10:30am the annual “Sail Past on Wheels Fun Parade” starts at Selby Street, proceeding down Fitzwilliam Street through the Old City Quarter to the Bastion, then along Front Street to Cliff Street.
On Saturday night, Vancouver Island’s premier fireworks display, the spectacular “QUALITY FOODS” Festival of Lights & Music takes place in Nanaimo harbor at 10:00 PM.
Then join the thousands of excited spectators as the annual “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE starts at 11:00am sharp on the Sunday in Nanaimo harbour for the approximate 1 ½ hour challenge in the Straits of Georgia to the “PEPSI FINISH LINE” at Maffeo Sutton Park.
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.