Take a Day to Experience Some of Nanaimo’s History!

Hey guys!

Now that summer is coming to an end you may be running out of ideas of what to do with the family unit! Since school with be starting up again very soon you might as well get a head start on getting everyone back into the flow of learning in a fun interactive way!

Nanaimo has an extremely rich cultural history from petroglyphs to mining you can easily fill your day with educational and interesting activities!

The Bastion

Built in 1853 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Bastion was the fort and trading post of Nanaimo! The Bastion is located on Front Street in the heart of downtown Nanaimo and is open from 9am-6pm seven days a week until the beginning of September. Tourism Nanaimo has a kiosk inside the Bastion so while you’re there to bone up on Nanaimo’s history, why not have a quick chat with one of our knowledgeable and friendly Visitor Information Counselors?!

p.s.: Don’t miss the must-see canon firing! Occurring everyday, starting at 11:45am, the Museum staff, along with bag piper Bill Poppy, fires one of Nanaimo’s historic canons. An event not to be missed!

Petroglyph Park

Petroglyph Park is your chance to jump back in time, thousands of years ago, and see where the First Nations peoples created these spectacular carvings. Many of the original carvings can be found throughout the park as well as a number of concrete replicas, which are found in the main area. Bring your own paper and chalk to trace over the Petroglyphs to have your own for home! Petroglyph Park is found just south of Nanaimo on the 19A.

Neck Point Park 

Neck Point Park is a historical and natural hotspot! The 36 acres of water-front park has heaps of different trails to explore. Neck Point Park was once Nanaimo’s vacation go-to, with many summer cabins built along the shoreline! Throughout the park there are interpretive signs to help you learn about some local history. Neck point park can be accessed by Morningside Dr., off of Hammond Bay Rd.

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

This historical park is protected to ensure that everyone will be able learn about the Islands’, and particularly Nanaimo’s, coal mining history! Left behind by the Pacific Coal Company is a concrete tipple built in the early 1900’s!  Make your way to Morden Colliery Historic Park by driving south on Highway One then turning on to Morden Road.


These are some of my favourite historical spots in town! Of course there are many more, so if we didn’t list your favourite here, let us know in the comments below!

– Jenna

(To learn more on the history of Nanaimo, check out our website for more information and fun historical activities!)

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