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Discussion in 'Alaska & Pacific Northwest Ports' started by BSeabob, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Usually here in BC it's just known as the terminus for the Horseshoe Bay ferry on Vancouver Island.

    Ships are starting to go there and apparently I will be on the Infinity there soon. so I will have more info on what to do for a day in Naniamo very soon.


    Population: 73,000 ( 2001Census )

    Average Housing Values:

    House - $170,000,

    Condo - $104,000,

    Townhouse - $110,000

    Building Lot - $76,000 

  2. hct

    hct Guest

    Re: Naniamo

    Can you tell us about some of the little islands you can go to by ferry for maybe half a day?
  3. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Re: Naniamo


    there is a small island city park that I recall. Day trip from harbour.... sorry I don't know that much about Naniamo.. There are no "Ferries" to smaller islands. The ferry goes to the mainland (Vancouver) and as such is really just an extension of the highway system in the Province.
  4. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Re: Naniamo

    The will likely be a "Caving" tour on your trip. I just learned about it recently. Supposed to be a great experience if you are into that sort of thing.
  5. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Re: Naniamo

    Went to this nice little Island city in August 2005.
    Tender to a small but functional dock and walk off into the heart of the city. Some hills which can be done fairly easy by following the lay of the land. Nice walks along the harbour to the north.
    Get your Free Naniamo bars at a Local real estate office.

    For more Information and an overall view of the area and a pac nor-west cruise go to the Website of one of our fellow cruisers. They did a bang up job:
    Click on the Pacific NorthWest link- the Infinity Aug 2005 Vancouver to San Francisco

  6. Beryl

    Beryl Guest

    Re: Naniamo

    If you happen to be looking for this spot on a map...it is spelled Nanaimo :grin !
  7. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Re: Naniamo

    thks Beryl lol

    wonder if John can fix that :)
  8. Hello Everyone,

    Don't believe the stats you see above. Those are at least 2 years out of date. Average house price is now about $230,000 and lots are $130,000 or more. This is a growing city of about 80,000. Main employer is the service industry (40%) made up from school district, college, government offices and regional hospital. In past years (50's to 80's) it was a pulp mill town but very clean air. Prior to that lumber, fishing and mostly a coal mining town makes for some interesting history.
    We have lived here almost 5 years and love it. it has all the resources of a regional city but with the feel of a small town.

    What to do while you are here? You land in the downtown core, where everything is in walking distance. A guided walk is a must to answer all your questions and provide an overview. I recommend www.naturepark.com/heritage as they are homeowners, have lived in different provinces of Canada and are career tourism guides, not just university students. You can pre-book by e-mail or look once you land and book then.

    Just for the cruisers, a farmers market is hosted, there will be music in the streets and information people in yellow on every corner. You MUST visit the 1853 Hudson Bay Company Bastion (the only original one standing in North America) has FREE entry, and take a stroll on the waterfront promenade. There are 3 shopping districts: waterfront, Commercial St (the original downtown), and the old City Quarter (the second downtown). There are many restaurants and coffee shops of all enthnicities to choose from.

    The historic church is open to poke your nose into and check out the cannon firing near the Bastion at noon. There is a great little museum to visit. It covers the basics of the town's history and has relica petroglyphs,a steam engine and a miners cottage outside. A whopping $2 to get into. About a mile hike via the waterfront walkway is a huge treed park called Bowen Park complete with creek and waterfalls.

    If you want travel to some of the small islands, there are several to choose from that you can do in a half day, just check your ferry return times and allow time for walking before you go.
    Newcastle island is a provincial park www.newcadtleislandferry.ca/ferry.htm for either hardcore hikers (7mi perimeter) or gentle strollers. There is a 1930's Dance pavillion, a sandstone quarry and a good example of local coastal Douglas fir forests there that you can explore to your comfort level.

    For those who just want a ferry ride, take the Protection Island Ferry to the Dinghy Dock pub www.dighydockpub.com. Great food, great fun!

    For a longer ferry trip, try visiting the Gabriola Island. Its about 25 min one way, they run hourly, and you can walk to the museum (check to see if its open first) www.island.net/~gm_chin or to the Malaspina sandstone galleries carved by wave and wind and "discovered" 200 years ago by the early Spanish explorer that bears his name. Pack a lunch but there is a outdoor mall there for a coffee stop if you need one. You can rent scooters there to speed your trip.

    Overall, I recommend stopping at the tourist info tent as you get off the ship to get a map. If you don't see what you are looking for, ask! They have many activities but forget to tell people.

    And look for me! I wear a greenish hat with a purple Gortex jacket and am either leading a group or standing by a sign waiting for a group to gather either near the Bastion or in the Old City Quarter.
  9. BSeabob

    BSeabob Guest

    Hey Tour Guide...thks for the info......info was off link to city site on the 31 JULY this yr..oh well govt stats eh!

    Hey John Thks for the edit :)
  10. Yes, for some reason the local real estate provides only info several years old to the Tourism organizations. They in turn publish the outdated info. Misleading, but true!
  11. Jeana

    Jeana Guest

    We just completed the Pacific Northwest cruise from Vancouver to L.A. with Nanimo as one of the ports. We were so nicely surprised by such a wonderful port as Naniamo. The people were so friendly. Unfortunately, it was really raining when we got there, but we had a tour to Cathedral Grove & Wildlife Recovery Center (based on the information in this forum given previously). We would highly recommend the tour. Even in the rain, it was fantastic! Cathedral Grove is definitely worth a visit. On the way back, our tour guide had the driver take us along the coast. We got to see so much and it was very enjoyable. Back to town, we were dropped off at the old town area and had a delicious coffee in one of the coffee shops. We then walked down to the main part of town and then back on down to the dock. All the town came out to greet us and treat us very special. Any questions, I'd be happy to answer.

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