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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • It's free and it's informative. Stop here if you're on the port to grab some tourist info. Good luck with parking!  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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Where to stay in Nanaimo

Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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