Nanaimo property owners who are interested in local history should check out the Nanaimo Museum. The permanent exhibits give glimpses into the life of the area, starting with the Snuneymuxw exhibit, which displays artifacts from the Snuneymuxw First Nation and details what daily life was like. The Bastion Era gives context for the most famous Nanaimo property, built by the Hudson Bay Company. The exhibit also discusses the changes that took place in the city when the Staffordshire miners arrived. Visit a replica coal mine and learn about the geology of Nanaimo, as well as getting an idea of what coal mining really demanded from the miners. Check out the Harbour and Hub City exhibits to learn about the way the city developed its commercial and civic life. A lighter exhibit is the Sports Hall of Fame, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of local athletes.
The Bastion is one of the most famous landmarks in Nanaimo. People from Nanaimo homes as well as out of town visitors can tour this building starting on Friday, May 20th 2016, on International Museum Day. The Bastion is open seven days a week, through Labour Day. Every day it’s open, there is a cannon firing ceremony at the Bastion at 11:45 a.m.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the fall, winter, and spring. In the summer, it’s also open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1.75 for seniors and students, and $0.75 for children ages five to 12. Visit the Nanaimo Museum to find out more about the exhibits.
People living in Nanaimo homes are fortunate to have the ocean so close to them. Scuba diving in the area is considered to be some of the best cold water diving in the world. Scuba diving is a lot of fun and a great way to relax as well as a more personal appreciation of ocean creatures. Sink or Swim Scuba and Water Sports has a great series of classes for people who’d like to learn to scuba dive. Start with the PADI open water diving course. Start studying at home to get some of the basics down, then join the class and instructor in the classroom, convenient to most Nanaimo real estate, for three evening sessions of both classroom and pool instruction. Follow that up with a weekend of diving. Two ocean dives are held on Saturday, then another two on Sunday, so participants are secure in their diving skills. The class is open to anyone from Nanaimo homes who is at least 10 years old, in good physical shape, and strong swimming skills.
After completing the basic diving course, there’s a whole world of diving open to you! Hone and expand diving skills in the advanced and specialty diving courses, and make new friends at the weekly drop in dives. Join the group each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. or on the second Tuesday of the month for an after work dive at 6:30 p.m. Visit Sink or Swim Scuba to find out more about diving classes, gear rentals, and scheduled dives.
The city’s many beautiful parks is a big draw for people considering a Nanaimo real estate purchase. One of the local favorites is Westwood Lake Park. The picturesque setting invites people to bring a picnic and settle in with good friends and good food to relax and shake off the pressures of work. The playground is an excellent place for kids to run, play, climb, and make new friends. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their owners around the park, and there is also an area set aside for dogs to frolic off-leash.
Walkers and joggers from Nanaimo homes enjoy the tree-lined trails around the park. A well-maintained, 5.5 km loop goes around the lake and is mostly flat and gives a nice, easy pace. There are also shorter loop trails. Bikes are welcome as well.
From June through August, swimmers can enjoy the lake and have the security of knowing a lifeguard is present. Non-motorized boats and electric boats are welcome, and fishing is permitted. A wheelchair-accessible fishing float is at the south end of the park. Bring a fish dinner home to your Nanaimo real estate. Washrooms and changerooms are on site.
Visit Westwood Lake Park to get all the details about the park’s amenities and plan a trip.