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B.C. harbour city of Nanaimo offers variety of attractions, activities for summer visitors

Seaside city on Vancouver Island features natural beauty
Nanaimo Museum. (File photo)

The Vancouver Island seaside town of Nanaimo has plenty of interesting attractions for residents and tourists alike. Here’s a top-five list of things to do this summer:

1. BC Ferries

If you enjoy fantastic views by the water with the added excitement of a cruise, then BC Ferries will be the perfect mix of both. BC Ferries offers transportation services at 45 different ports across the province, allowing for a smooth journey wherever the destination is. On board of the ferry, you can relax in many of the cafes and coffee bars, enjoy a buffet dinner by the water, or shop at their very own clothe and gift shop. Nanaimo has multiple terminals in Departure Bay and Duke Point that head to Horseshow Bay and Tsawwassen. Wanting a shorter ride? Take a small trip around the gorgeous Gabriola Island instead.

2. Nanaimo Museum

Filled with award-winning exhibits, the Nanaimo Museum introduces visitors to the incredible history of the city. Whether it’s Indigenous history, the sports hall of fame, or even artifacts that have never been seen before, there is something for all the curious minds that come by. The rates are $2 for each adult, 75 cents for children and admissions are free for children under five.

3. Nanaimo Seaplane Tour

To get the true experience of Nanaimo’s great outdoors, you can’t miss the seaplane tours that will give you a one-of-a-kind trip over the Strait of Georgia. Sandwiched between the breathtaking views over the tiny islands and coastline is something you won’t want to miss. The tours are offered by Harbour Air Seaplanes with admission rates being $202 for adults and $101 for children.

4. Vancouver Island Military Museum

One of the most significant military museums in the province, the extra focus on the soldiers themselves is what keeps attracting new visitors. Sharing many of the stories of soldiers that can be overlooked at times, you can learn about the Black Battalion, the women who served, and Indigenous soldiers. A ticket for an adult is $4, $2 for seniors and students, and children under 12 get free access.

5. Nanaimo Whale Watching

Are you a fan of marine creatures? If so, a whale watching experience is just for you with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability. On this amazing three- to four-hour trip, you will encounter killer whales, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles, and other creatures. You’re going to want to bring a camera for this one. Offering a variety of packages, the cheapest admissions start at $169. Fun fact, they guranatee you see a whale or else the next trip is free.