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The Bastion

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

Currently on winter hours so not open to the public on a regular basis. There is some posted... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
White Rock, Canada
Closed for the season. In dilapidated condition.

As it was mentioned in so many reviews of Nanaimo's attractions we came to check on it in January... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
Anna v
Pitt Meadows
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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 6 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 27 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 21 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 21 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 22 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
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Dedicated restoration makes this one of the only places to visit on the seaside area. A collection of history artifacts and details - a quick visit

1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 October 2016

What a cool place to see and the views from it are really spectacular.very old and well preserved for generations to come.Cannon fire was very cool.

1  Thank potashminer
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is an historical site on the waterfront that speaks to British Columbia's British past. It sits adjacent to the wharf where you can see commercial fishing vessels and pleasure craft of all types and description.

Thank PeterfromCanada
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Really nice to walk around on a sunny day. Also, everyday of the summer, they fired the cannons at noon and that was pretty amazing!

Thank Dan J
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