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 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 MinnozMay 27, 2016
2016 Fun Fridays at Minnoz – the ‘new’ Downtown Destination. Prime Rib featured plus Wine, Spririts or Craft beer Tastings courtesy various Vancouver Island vendors. A must ‘be at’ for this exciting downtown nite spot! Elegant & Classy ! Check it out soon!
5k Foam Fest NanaimoJun 11, 2016
This Fun Run is at the top of its class, and the smiles won’t stop! If you are looking to beat a world record or run so hard you nearly lose bowel control then you might be disappointed. The 5k Foam Fest is not a hardcore race it’s a FUNCORE race. The goal is to have FUN! -
Thunder from Down UnderJun 16, 2016
Australia’s HOTTEST export – THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER are the total package, showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance moves, saucy hysterics and boy-next-door charm. This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER is a fully interactive experience! These Aussie fellas make every second count as they take to the stage to tantalize with their irresistible and explosive performances!
Feastival & SipsJun 17, 2016 8:00 am — Jun 18, 2016 5:00 pm
“FEASTIVAL” is Nanaimo’s second annual festival celebrating the Island’s culinary culture. This year, the mid-Island’s food and beverage festival takes place over two days on June 17 & 18 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre
At the end of the day… Friday evening introduces an addition to Feastival called “Sips” – the sipping and sampling of “local” craft brews, ciders, wines, and spirits. And by local, we mean some of the finest Vancouver Island and lower mainland craft producers. A beverage festival different than most – with its own food trucks! -
The Legendary Downchild Blues BandJun 25, 2016
Gee Dan Productions presents The Legendary Downchild Blues Band with Special Guest David Gogo
Canada’s best known and best loved blues outfit, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band make their highly anticipated return to The Port Theatre for a not-to-be-missed performance.
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. -