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The Bastion, Nanaimo

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The Nanaimo Bastion is a historical octagon shaped 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. 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. The building is 3 stories tall, and is "the only known remaining freestanding tower structure built by the Hudson's Bay Company".On December 12, 1985, the city of Nanaimo designated it a local heritage site. 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'. Today the Bastion is under the supervision of the Nanaimo Museum and is open to visitors during the summer from 10 am to 3 pm. It currently functions both as a tourist information center on behalf of Tourism Nanaimo and hold exhibits on the history of the building. The Nanaimo Museum also hosts a daily cannon firing at noon during the summer months, just a few feet away from the Bastion.
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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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  • Worth a look for anyone interested in the city's history
  • Cool little spot along the walkway along the water
  • Nice views and seawall
  • It's worth the glance, the stroll on the seafront is also very nice.
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