Posts Tagged ‘World Championship Bathtub Race’

Innkeeper Recommendations: Nanaimo, the Harbour City

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Nanaimo, “the Harbour City”,is the second largest community on Vancouver Island. It’s the second major ferry terminal on the Island and receives traffic for all points north and west, so it’s a busy place that people often pass through on their way to somewhere else.  Yet there are many reasons to stay a few days in Nanaimo and explore all the city has to offer.  We asked our Nanaimo innkeepers for a few reasons why you need to visit the Harbour City.

Gordie & Janice at Long Lake Waterfront B&B love the Harbourfront Walkway, a stretch of 4.5 km running along the waterfront from the downtown harbour to Departure Bay. Along the way you can shop, grab a coffee or an ice cream, have a picnic, or dip your toes in the saltwater Swy-A-Lana lagoon.

Also from the Harbourfront Walkway you can take a 10-minute ferry ride to Newcastle Island, a provincial marine park, which dominates the view from downtown. Hike or bike the forested trails or explore the beaches.  A second island in the Nanaimo harbour is Protection Island, and it is home to Canada’s only registered floating pub, the Dingy Dock.

Stroll the Harbourfront Walkway in Nanaimo

Stroll the Harbourfront Walkway in Nanaimo

Karen at Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B loves the walking trails and the more than 200 green spaces in the city.  Hammond Bay is located between Pipers Lagoon Park and Neck Point Park, two very different parks.  There is drive up diving from Neck Point Park, and great diving in the Nanaimo area in general with three wrecks that have been sunk in the area.

Of course two of Nanaimo’s major claims to fame are the Nanaimo Bar and the International Bathtub Race.  Pick up a self-guided tour brochure for the “Nanaimo Bar Trail” at the Visitor Centre and don’t forget to taste this sweet chocolaty treat! The Great International World Championship Bathtub Race is held in July from Maffeo Sutton Park, and has been a famous local event for 48 years. so you’ve got to see it at least once!

Of course, all of our Nanaimo Bed & Breakfast innkeepers have insider knowledge of their city, so a stay with them will not only give your great accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and outstanding hospitality, but all the best information for an enjoyable stay in Nanaimo!

Row, Row, Row your boat….To Nanaimo!

Saturday, June 8th, 2013


Paddle up and saddle up to experience everything the beautiful City of Nanaimo has to offer. With one of the longest shorelines in Canada on one side and an amazing forested mountain backdrop on the other, the city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn. Go from a fun, recreational wilderness to a unique urban experience in just minutes.

Nanaimo is a very age-friendly town, offering activities for families, adults and seniors! Take your family down to the beach, or have a picnic at one of the over 50 amazing parks Nanaimo has to offer. Have a date night at the City Centre and try one of the many culinary adventurous and delicious restaurants. And don’t forget about Dad on Father’s Day! Woodgrove Mall is your official stop for some amazing presents to tell dad how much you love him – and while you are there, make sure you pick up something for yourself!

Tourists and City-Folk alike flock to many of Nanaimo’s great festivals including the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race (July 26-28), the Maple Sugar Festival and  The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival! Teams from all over BC and the US come to Nanaimo for a weekend of competitive races and celebrations on Nanaimo’s waterfront,  July 5th -7th. Did we forget to say, Admission is FREE!

Plan a couple of weekends to experience what Nanaimo has to offer, and that includes some amazing Bed and Breakfasts.  Amazing hosts, great hospitality and beautiful places will continue when you stay at a Nanaimo Bed &Breakfast. Make your weekend even better by booking a package special at a couple of local B&Bs.

Kennedy House

Flying Cloud

MGM Seashore B&B

The Whitehouse on Long Lake

Hammond Bayside Executive Suite Inn

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

Pine and Picket

Hammond Bay Oceanside

We look forward to seeing you in Nanaimo and an early “Happy Father’s Day” to all those Dads out there!

Wildly Awash In Nanaimo

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society kicks off the 44th annual Nanaimo Marine Festival July 22, beginning four fun days and nights of great food,  fireworks, a kid’s carnival with harborside playdock and finally the main event: the “great” International World Championship Bathtub Race.  The Bathtub Race is a grueling 1 1/2 hour voyage circling Entrance Island then up and around Winchelsea Island and finishing at Departure Bay.  In past years it was a challenge just to get out of the choppy waters caused by hundreds of extra escort and observation boats.  Nowadays there are some pretty spiffy motorized tubs out there giving a new meaning to the word “whirlpool.” 

This year’s Nanaimo Marine Festival is a salute to the “Canadian Naval Centennial 1910 to 2010”.  The salute is also the theme of the festival’s “Sail Past on Wheels Fun Parade”.  (more…)