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 hotel? 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!
Island Fantasy Ball 2017 – 25th Anniversary Celebration!May 6, 2017 — May 7, 2017
Feel the Excitement | Share the Joy | Two Days of Spectacular Dancing
Experience the excitement of a championship Ballroom Dance Competition – right here in Nanaimo! Come and Watch the Best of the World compete with the Best of Canada! Full weekend schedule, seating plan and sponsorship opportunities at IslandFantasyBall.com
31st Annual BookFest, Vancouver Island Children’s Book FestivalMay 6, 2017
At various locations in Downtown Nanaimo
Presentations by renowned Canadian authors and illustrators (for ages 5-12), Face painting, giant bubbles, crafts & more! Musical performances by Fiddelium.
Free pre-school concurrent sessions | Free Teen Session | Book sales and autograph signings |Morning Yoga and so much more!! Check out Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival for more details.
Nanaimo Heritage Days 2017May 21, 2017 11:00 am — May 22, 2017 10:00 pm
REWFest: On Saturday May 21st from 11 AM to 10 PM we are shutting down Commercial Street for an exciting day of music, and family fun. This year we have titled the festival REWFest in honour of the title sponsors Real Estate Webmasters & Rewsters Restaurant)
Tilray Fireworks: Starting around nightfall (10pm) the Tilray sponsored fireworks will start in Swy-A-Lana Lagoon. This event is made possible by Tilrays generous donation of $15,000 to Nanaimo Heritage Days.
Parade: On Sunday morning we will be continuing on a tradition for May long weekend that stretches back over 100 years – the May long weekend parade
12th Annual Jazz AffairMay 26, 2017 6:30 pm — May 26, 2017 11:00 pm
On May 26 Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society welcomes Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg to the Coast Bastion Hotel for the 12th Annual Jazz Affair.
Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records
Tickets $60 includes buffet dinner
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAIDJun 24, 2017 7:00 am — Jun 25, 2017 10:00 pm
Saturday, June 24th @ 7pm & Sunday, June 25th @ 2pm | 7pm
Presented by: Schmooze Productions
Directed by: Dean Chadwick
Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart.