Events & Presentations

Lantern Tours 2023

Date(s) - 06/10/2023 - 28/10/2023
12:00 am

Lantern Tour tickets are now sold out online! Thank you to everyone who purchased. If you missed out, tickets for next season go on sale early September 2024!


Two tours to choose from!

Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-28, 2023. 6:30-8:00pm

Spirits, criminals, strange phenomena and a cat o’ nine tails: all of these and more are featured in Nanaimo Museum’s Lantern Tours! With two options this year, you can choose to join us for one, the other, or both!

The Haunted Nanaimo Lantern Tour includes tales of unexplained phenomena, mysterious apparitions, and spooktacular stories! Not into the supernatural? Join the Crime & Punishment Lantern Tour instead and hear stories about some of Nanaimo’s most notorious outlaws and daring heists. Join us for these mostly outdoor walking tours of downtown to hear about the darker side of Nanaimo’s history while visiting local landmarks.

Cost: $15 per person

Age: 12 years+ recommended (mature content)

Duration: 90 minutes

The tours run from 6:30-8:00pm, rain or (moon)shine. The routes start at the museum, and include hills and walking approximately 1.5km around downtown. The Crime & Punishment tour route is wheelchair accessible. The Haunted Nanaimo tour route is mostly wheelchair accessible, with the exception of a visit inside the Bastion historical building. The Bastion is not accessible for those who use a wheelchair or who experience mobility challenges. Masks are recommended for all guests while inside. Service animals are welcome, but pets are not permitted on the tour.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Water
  • Courage!

Pre-registration is required. Due to the popularity of the Lantern Tours, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other tour dates. More dates may open depending on demand.

Select your preferred tour below to view dates and purchase tickets.

Are you more interested in a seated presentation-style event? Check out the Brother XII presentations also happening this October. Curator Aimee Greenaway explores the history of Edward Wilson and his rise and fall as Brother XII, as well as some of his followers’ stories.

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