Pipers Lagoon Park
(Picture BC photo)


Arts, Culture & History Tours


Aboriginal carver

Dozens of historic wall plaques and sidewalk markers dot Nanaimo's historic corridors, adding interest and colour to an everyday stroll through the city.

For more dedicated history and architecture buffs, the Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission has produced a series of pocket-sized walking guides to the city's oldest neighborhoods. These are available at the Visitor Centre and focus on the following areas:

Downtown Tours

The heaviest concentration of heritage buildings and notable 19th century landmarks is found on the three routes outlined in this brochure – one exploring the Old City Quarter, a second focused on Commercial Street, Chinatown and the downtown core, and the third encompassing the Bastion and the waterfront.

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