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Home to the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League, Frank Crane Arena is major hub for all the sports enthusiasts in Nanaimo. Figure skating, ice hockey, ringette and other exciting sports tournaments are held here regularly. To catch the upcoming championships, call ahead.
Beban Park Social Centre boasts of well-equipped rental spaces with varying capacities that can accommodate diverse range of events. Concerts, conferences, trade shows and social parties are a regular feature of this center. Check website to know more about this venue and upcoming events.
Neck Point Park is a haven for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, beachcombers, photographers and divers. Spread across 14.56 hectares (36 acres), its picture-perfect setting with the ocean and mountains as a backdrop is indeed irresistible for nature lovers. Comprising of rocky cliffs, pebbled, sandy beaches, tidal pools, coves and tree-lined trails, it offers a lot to its visitors besides spectacular scenery. Hike on the interpretive trails, go kite flying, scuba dive or swim, try rock climbing, paddle or fish and enjoy picnicking. If you are in the headland, then you can spot an Orca, whale or sea-lion.
Nanaimo has numerous cultural clubs and organizations that provide recreation and entertainment for the locals. One such center is the Cavallotti Lodge which hosts various cultural shows, dance classes and other interactive events that are attended by residents as well as tourists. Call them to know more about the upcoming events at this venue.
One of the most popular parks in the city, Westwood Lake Park is a scenic park that is best enjoyed with family and friends. This lakeside park is set on Mt. Benson's foothills and offers a myriad of activities for those who love the outdoors. These include hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating and biking. There is also a playground. A special zone for dogs to go off leash ensures that you can get your canine friend along.
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.