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The Bastion

98 Front Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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It's an interesting piece of the past located in heart of the downtown and near the waterfront... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nanaimo, Canada
A little bit of history

Interesting to see a little bit of Nanaimo's history. Watching the cannon go off at noon was cool... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
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The Bastion is an enduring local icon in the third oldest city in British Columbia. Built in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson's Bay Company. Over the years, politics and land deals saw this sturdy wooden fort moved twice. Today it is Nanaimo's most recognizable landmark. It is managed by the Nanaimo Museum, and also houses a seasonal Tourism Nanaimo Info Kiosk. While the Bastion's timbers are original, the interior represents activities of the early mining post from 1853 - 1862. Today, this former Hudson's Bay Company building is a symbol of Nanaimo's history. The Bastion is a "must see" destination for visitors to Nanaimo. The Bastion is open 7 days a week from May long weekend through Labour Day. The cannon firing ceremony takes place daily at noon when the Bastion is open. Group tours of the Bastion are available for booking during the off-season.
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98 Front Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's an interesting piece of the past located in heart of the downtown and near the waterfront walkway. It's nice to see something like this stil standing amidst the rest of modern Nanaimo. A partial reminder of where the city came from.

Thank NutsoLonsdale
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Interesting to see a little bit of Nanaimo's history. Watching the cannon go off at noon was cool. Take the opportunity to stroll down the waterfront you will enjoy the ambiance.

Thank billandwendy
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The Bastion in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. It offers you local and regional history. Close to the downtown area with many other local attractions such as restaurants, museum, Airseaplane Port, Harbor front walkway and library. A nice area for taking a stroll in the...More

Thank Oscar B
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This place is marvelous, with a backdrop of downtown Nanaimo and a foreground of the marina, it is actually a photographers delight! Not for the physically challenged as there are three levels of stairs, but it is wonderful to climb and see both inside displays...More

1  Thank Paulshappy
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Currently on winter hours so not open to the public on a regular basis. There is some posted information that gives an historical overview of the site. Worth a stop.

Thank cdb15427
Reviewed 26 January 2017

As it was mentioned in so many reviews of Nanaimo's attractions we came to check on it in January 2017. It was closed till March, so we did not have a chance to get inside. From what I saw from outside, this building is not...More

Thank Anna v
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Would liked to have looked inside. Only open for tourist season. Was told by our hotel they have a canon firing but that also seasonal or unless a cruise ship stops by.

Thank sara s
Reviewed 20 December 2016

If you are near the downtown waterfront around noon, especially in summer this is a must stop. Three floors of history with staff, stairs and cannons firing at noon to charm the kids. Friendly staff.

Thank Glidr
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This old lighthouse is a landmark in Nanaimo and a tourist attraction, where many pictures of it have be taken. It is close to where the Waterfront walkway is.

Thank 145elite123145
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our kids wanted to stop in throughout the summer months, they loved it!! The stairs, the tools, the cannons & guns, everything had them wanting to go back. They loved it enough to have their Grandparents take them back :) A unique place with an...More

Thank Evangeline C
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