Spring Break 2021 Access Portal

Caddy Beachwalk:

A Nanaimo Museum Adventure

March 15-27

This Spring Break, the Nanaimo Museum presents Caddy Beachwalk: A Nanaimo Museum Adventure! Caddy Beachwalk is a self-guided beach discovery program that your family can participate in at your own pace and is suitable for ages 5+. It will take approximately 2 hours to complete in full, but can be broken up into shorter sections. Scroll below for more details on planning your adventure!

Caddy Beachwalk includes in-museum, outdoor, and at-home activities. Participate in any number of these at your leisure. 

Who is Caddy?

Caddy (or Cadborosaurus) is a sea creature who has reportedly been spotted in the ocean around Vancouver Island. Caddy has allegedly been seen by a small number of people through Nanaimo’s history and is often described as a sea serpent with the head of a horse or camel, and with vertical humps or loops on their body. Could Caddy be the last of the dinosaurs, or an unidentified sea creature, or maybe just a really big sea lion…? Who knows!

Plan your Caddy Beachwalk Adventure!

The Caddy Beachwalk will take approximately 2 hours to complete in full. The activities may be completed on separate days, but make sure to watch our 6-minute video at home first, so you can make and bring your DIY binoculars!

The binoculars craft will take about 15-20 minutes to make. We recommend allotting 1 hour for your beach walk, and 30-minutes for the I-Spy in the museum. The I-Spy in the gallery will be available between March 15 and 27 and is included with admission.

Before you Go!

Our companion beach walk video will show you what supplies to take and how to get ready for your adventure. You’ll even learn how to make your own pair of binoculars! Watch the video here:

I-Spy Caddy in the Museum Gallery

The in-museum portion of Caddy Beachwalk is an I-Spy in the gallery. Visit the Nanaimo Museum with members of your household to try and spot Caddy among the exhibits! Remember to follow our COVID-19 protocols during your visit.

Beach Discovery & Field Guide

Interested in searching for signs of Caddy yourself? Participate in the beach walk activity to look for evidence of Caddy at your favourite local beach (Check out our favourite spots!). Caddy can be pretty shy, so you may not see them, but take a look at our Caddy Beachwalk Field Guide to learn how to spot signs that Caddy may have been around when you weren’t looking!

The Field Guide has tips on how to spot signs of our elusive friend and other interesting things you can see and do at the beach. It also includes descriptions of Caddy and a section to write down what you see. Remember: take only pictures and notes, and leave only footprints! Download and print your field guide below, or pick one up at the museum’s front desk.

PDF Caddy Beachwalk Field Guide

Suggested Print Settings (Adobe PDF Reader): Print both sides. Booklet printing OR 2 pages per sheet.









Plan your Caddy Beachwalk Adventure!



Beaches in Nanaimo

In accordance with the Public Health Orders, we recommend you visit a beach that is close to your home. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Piper’s Lagoon Park
  • Neck Point Park
  • Departure Bay Beach
  • Swy-A-Lana Lagon (Maffeo Sutton Park)

Beaches outside of Nanaimo

Not local to Nanaimo? Here are a few of our recommendations for other beaches in the Mid-Island region:

  • Parksville: Rathtrevor Provincial Park
  • Nanoose Bay: Moorecroft Regional Park
  • Gabriola Island: Berry Point Park
  • Ladysmith: Transfer Beach