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The Bastion

98 Front Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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Neat History

This is along the seawall walk in Nananimo. In the summer the ice cream shops are a great stop... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nathan D
Small historical site, atmospheric

Sited just above the old harbor, this original (restored) fort of the British settlement gives a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeanne J
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is along the seawall walk in Nananimo. In the summer the ice cream shops are a great stop. There is often something going on there in the summer. The walk is paved and you can easily bring a stroller or wheelchair. Coffee shops and...More

Thank Nathan D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sited just above the old harbor, this original (restored) fort of the British settlement gives a historical overview of the effort to claim the territory and of life back then. There are three small floors with steep steps, helpful guides and written information posted. In...More

Thank Jeanne J
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Nanaimo was really done a lot of building in the last few decades, so all-in-all, it looks pretty brand spanking new. So it's great to encounter something original from the 1850's amidst all the glass and shiny steel that's nearby. Although Nanaimo is the third...More

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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 !)

1  Thank Anna C
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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