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The Bastion

98 Front Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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dont miss the cannon firing

What a fantastic surprise. the Bastion was so worth spending an hour around and inside to view the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Anna C
Good summary of harbour history

A nice spot for a bit of history, Helpful staff with visitor questions for the area. Very steep... read more

Reviewed 18 September 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 2 October 2017

What a fantastic surprise. the Bastion was so worth spending an hour around and inside to view the amazing restoration project information. We went to the cannon firing twice (awesome...where else can you see and hear a cannon fired daily !)

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 18 September 2017

A nice spot for a bit of history, Helpful staff with visitor questions for the area. Very steep sets to the top level but fun to try.

Thank CA H
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It's free and it's informative. Stop here if you're on the port to grab some tourist info. Good luck with parking!

Thank TigerBae53
Reviewed 17 July 2017

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 2 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
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