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The Bastion, Nanaimo

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The Bastion, also known as the Nanaimo Bastion, is an historic octagonal shaped bastion or fortification located at 98 Front Street in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The Hudson's Bay Company, which then held a royal lease on all of what was then the Colony of Vancouver Island, built it between 1853 and 1855 to defend its coal mining operations in Nanaimo. Square logs were used for the walls of the three-storey building whose third floor extends out over the lower floors. It has been called "Nanaimo's premier landmark", because of its shape and its "high visibility from both land and sea." In 1891 and again in 1979 it was moved a short distance for historic preservation purposes.During the Summer of 2010, the Bastion was torn apart, to renew rotting boards, and stabilizing steel beams. The director of the event said that they were 'Making a historic movement'. On December 12, 1985, the city of Nanaimo designated it a local heritage site. Today the Bastion is under the supervision of the Nanaimo District Museum and is open to visitors during the summer. The Nanaimo Museum has heritage interpreters in costume on-site, and also hosts a daily cannon firing at noon during the summer months.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 outsid...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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