What’s the best way to explore Nanaimo’s rich and unique history? Taking a bike ride through time!
Combining exercise, history and outdoor fun, the City of Nanaimo is encouraging residents and tourists alike to get out and explore the city’s most historic locations with “A Bike Ride Through Time: Your Guide to Nanaimo’s Historic Neighbourhoods and Heritage Buildings Bike Tour”.
The 7-kilometre, 2-hour long route takes riders on a leisurely loop through historic downtown Nanaimo for an up-close look into the city’s past. Along the way, you’ll find 14 different heritage locations, all significant landmarks and neighbourhoods that have played a role in shaping Nanaimo’s history from its earliest beginnings to today.
See the ancestral home of the Snuneymuxw, the Coastal Salish people who lived in waterfront villages along Nanaimo’s shores well before the first European settlers. Cruise through the prestigious Nob Hill neighbourhood, where you can admire the Victorian and Edwardian architecture typical of the late 19th century. Coast by the site of the famous No.1 Mine, what was once Vancouver Island’s largest coal mine that produced over 18 million tons of coal during its operation. And of course, no historical tour would be complete without checking out Nanaimo’s most recognizable landmark perched in the centre of downtown on Front Street – the Bastion.
Brochures for the tour include a map of the route and some background history on each of the locations, and can be found both online and at the city’s facilities. So gear up and get ready to take a historical ride.