Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new museum located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The main gallery offers a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers and the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Our award winning replica coal mine is a special treat and our fabulous gift shop is full of unique items that are sure to surprise and delight.

The museum manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company post built in 1853. The Bastion is a local icon that has endured many challenges since the founding of Nanaimo, British Columbia’s third oldest city. Today, this former Hudson's Bay Company building is a symbol of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings and a testament to our rich West Coast heritage.

The Bastion is definitely a "must see" destination for visitors to Nanaimo. The Bastion is perhaps most famous for its exciting cannon firing ceremony every day at noon from International Museum Day (May 18th) to Labour Day (September). Come down to the Bastion and experience the blast of a lifetime! The cannons are located beside the Bastion on the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza.

ion, an original Hudson's Bay Company post built in 1853. The Bastion is a local icon that has endured many challenges since the founding of Nanaimo, British Columbia’s third oldest city. Today, this former Hudson's Bay Company building is a symbol of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings and a testament to our rich West Coast heritage.

The Bastion is definitely a "must see" destination for visitors to Nanaimo. The Bastion is perhaps most famous for its exciting cannon firing ceremony every day at noon from International Museum Day (May 18th) to Labour Day (September). Come down to the Bastion and experience the blast of a lifetime! The cannons are located beside the Bastion on the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza.

Opening information

Winter Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer Hours: Daily, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for Stat Holidays

Bastion Open from International Museum Day (May 18th) to Labour Day (September)

Entrance information

Adults: $2.00

Seniors & Students: $1.75

Children 6 - 12: $0.75

Children 5 & Under: Free

Facilities

Located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
Access from Commercial Street and 101 Gordon Street.

There is a parkade directly below the museum with elevator access.

Wheelchair accessible The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. However the Bastion is not accessible to those with mobility issues.

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Contact information

Website
www.nanaimomuseum.ca
Address
100 Museum Way
Downtown
Nanaimo
V9R 5J8
Canada
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Phone
250-753-1821

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