Historic maps on display

Did you know Nanaimo had an underground tunnel network? Did you know an early Spanish chart of Nanaimo exists?

Discover the history of Nanaimo through maps and charts at the Nanaimo Museum.

”Examining old maps and charts of the city is fascinating,” said museum curator David Hill-Turner, in a press release. “For example, they show railways and mines that are no longer there.”

The Nanaimo Museum's newest exhibition is all about maps and recording Nanaimo on paper. The exhibition's main attraction is a vast underground tunnel map of Nanaimo.


The exhibition’s centre-piece is the coal works map,” he said. “The seven meter long map documents all the works from the Southfield Mine (the Cedar landfill) north to Brechin Point and east beyond Protection Island.”

The exhibition will also examine the historic E&N Railway land grant, an offer that included more than 1.5 million acres of land, which was aimed at attracting a private development of the railway.

In addition to the display of maps, the museum will showcase equipment from the 1880s to the 1920s.

The exhibition, which opened Jan. 21, runs until March 22.

The Nanaimo Museum is located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, and open Mon – Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information please visit www.nanaimomuseum.ca or call 250 753-1821.


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