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Resident Piper Bill Poppy


The Nanaimo Bastion
is the only original wooden bastion in North America. It was constructed in 1853, using traditional construction techniques and tools such as the broad axe. The Bastion was British Columbia’s first building to be preserved when threatened by demolition. It was relocated from its original location in 1891 and has been in continuous use as a heritage attraction and meeting place since then. Read More.

your family, friends and visitors to the Bastion for a unique look into Nanaimo's colourful past. The Bastion is open to the public from International Museum Day (Friday, May 20, 2016) to Labour Day (Monday, September 5, 2016). The Bastion is proudly serving as a Visitor Information Kiosk, staff will be on site to answer questions and provide tourist information. Admission is by donation.

Daily Noon Cannon Firing: Along with three floors of exhibits, costumes, and photographs, the Bastion is well known for its exciting cannon firing ceremony which takes place at noon from International Museum Day (Friday, May 20, 2016) to Labour Day (Monday, September 5, 2016). Read More.

Unfortunately the Bastion is not wheelchair accessible.

The Bastion is located on the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza ( 95 Front St)  across from the Coast Bastion Hotel.


The Nanaimo Museum would like to thank this year's Bastion Sponsors for there support in preserving a piece of Nanaimo's past.

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