Island Marine Adventures is a local tour operator known for its sailing and cruise services. Tours are carried out on catamaran boats, hovercraft or inflatable excursion boats, depending on the nature of the trip. The Ashes to the Ocean and Living Reef Memorial are the two packages that they offer. Private Events like weddings and parties can also be arranged.
Reel Time Fishing Charters is what its name says it is, offering excellent fishing excursions with top quality equipment and expertise. You can choose your boat according to the size of your group or the duration of the trip. Fishing gear and equipment will be provided by the operator itself.
Spread across 36 hectares (88.96 acres), Bowen Park is a green haven in the downtown area. This recreational park offers several amenities and activities besides being a scenic beauty. Stroll or hike the interpretive trails following the meandering Millstone River. This will lead you to a couple of waterfalls and a fish ladder. Check the duck pond and rhododendron gardens. Comprising of sports fields, a curling zone, skateboarding, playgrounds, horseshoe pitches, lacrosse box, disc golf, lawn bowling and sand volleyball courts, there is lots that you can do. Birders will enjoy watching a variety of avian species. There is also an outdoor swimming pool during summers.
Spread across 111 hectares (278 acres), Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a fabulous park that is used for educative programs. Established in 1985 on a land that was logged and later conserved due to its second-growth forest, it is a beautiful expanse of coastal Douglas fir and many other species of trees, woody shrubs, herbs, ferns and mosses. The various trails will take you through areas of maples, alders and redwood. As you hike along these trails you will see a drapery of thimbleberry, violets and vanilla leaf. The sanctuary also features a small lake and beaver pond. The educative programs help you to understand a rain-shadow forest and how to conserve them.
Built on a narrow piece of land between the Page Lagoon and Strait of Georgia, Pipers Lagoon Park is another fabulous park for nature lovers in the city. Spread across eight hectares (19.77 acres), it features cliffs, tidal pools, loop trails and mud flats. You will find many benches strategically placed to enjoy the mountain and ocean vistas. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the abundance of wildlife in this area. It is not surprising to catch a sea-lion swimming in the waters or catch a whale nearby. Kayaking, boating, scuba diving, swimming and fishing are some other popular activities in this park.
From being a Salish Indian village to a coal mine, sandstone quarry to a saltery and a railway resort before becoming a provincial park in 1961, Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is full of history and culture besides being a scenic outpost. The shoreline peppered with beaches is overshadowed by sandstone cliffs. One can only access this park either through a footbridge or boat. Once you explore the island, the disparity in the interior laden with Douglar Firs, maples and oak trees will amaze you. Check out their interpretive boards to know about this place's history. Go hiking, biking and swimming. Fishing, picnicking and camping are allowed. There is also an adventure playground on-site. Don't miss this wonderful park that promises a fabulous outing for the entire family.
Established in 1976, Nanaimo Art Gallery moved to its present location in 2015. Showcasing the works of prominent British Columbian artists, this contemporary art gallery aims to spread the awareness of the region's artistic culture through workshops, interactive activities and exhibitions. Some of the artists who feature in their collection are Alexander Calder, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Akira Fujioka, George Littlechild and Jack Chambers.
Get to know the history and culture of Nanaimo at Nanaimo Museum. Though not a big museum, it sure packs in a lot through its exhibits. The main hall is gives an insight of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the first settlers of the city. Check out the coal mine display where you will know what it is like beneath the earth's surface. During the 19th Century, the town was known for its coal and a outpost called the Bastion was built by the Hudson's Bay Company. It is still an attraction and is operated by the museum.
The Port Theatre is among the premier entertainment venues in the city. Built in 1998, this harbor-side theater is a platform for local and regional artists. With a wide range of shows throughout the year, there is something for everyone. Though spacious, its intimate layout ensures every seat offers a good view of the performance, while the excellent acoustics will make your visit worthwhile. From dance shows to concerts, theatrical acts to comedy and family shows, their programs are always top-rated.
Built in the 19th Century by the Hudson's Bay Company at the peak of coal mining, The Bastion is considered to be the oldest structures of the city and the only one remaining of the Hudson's Bay Company's buildings. This octagonal, three-story wooden fortified tower is a prominent landmark in Nanaimo. Tours are provided end of May till beginning of September. Get to know the history about the company and trade at the first floor. The second floor is more about the building's role as a fortress. See the tools, objects and other historic artifacts used in that era by miners at the top level.
If you love history, especially military history, then Vancouver Island Military Museum will intrigue you. Though a small museum, it does justice with its exhibits and honors the men and women who served the Canadian armed forced. Divided into sections such as the War of 1812, Battle of the Atlantic, Boer War, World War I and World War II, and Afghanistan war, you will the memorabilia, artifacts, medals and mounts very interesting. Exhibits such as Life on the Home Front, Camp X and Canadian Rangers are compelling and give an insight into the heroic acts and lives of these military people.
The place has a long history having been established in 1892 and becoming a landmark for local and international acts in all music genres. You will find live music all through the week without a gap. Apart from being an entertainment venue and hosting performances of world class performers, they also are a bar where you can enjoy the Chinese delicacies served and tipple on various drinks. This 200 seater venue also hosts ladies nights, karaoke nights and many other events as per your requirement. You can also book their free shuttle bus to ferry your party to the venue.