Top 8 To-Do’s on Your Nanaimo Holiday

A yachting holiday in Nanaimo you are sure to want to sample some of the best local sights and activities our beautiful city has to offer.

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Whilst on a yachting holiday in Nanaimo you are sure to want to sample some of the best local sights and activities our beautiful city has to offer.

In this top tip to-do list we will walk you through some of the weirdest and wonderful experiences you can have here whilst holidaying. So in no particular order; let’s start with the weird…

Jean’s Cannery

It is a fabulous place to visit to get a sense of heritage.

 

This family business started over 50 years ago and is known for producing tinned pacific seafood goods.

The founder, after whom the cannery is still named, Armand St Jean was born in 1913 and grew the business to success it still enjoys today.

Visitors can watch the process as well as stock up on products to enjoy on board the yacht later on.

 

 

Nanaimo Bar Trail

The Nanaimo Bar Trail has some fabulous foods and beverages.

 

The Nanaimo Bar Trail is famed world-wide, with over 30 stops (if your stamina allows), at each of which you can sample          some fabulous foods and beverages.

The bars themselves are steeped in history and intrigue too, and it is during the bar trail you can find out some little nuggets of local knowledge from the regulars propping up the bars.

 

Floating Bikes

These sea bikes have two pontoons which make it somewhat resemble a jet ski.

 

These sea bikes have two pontoons which make it somewhat resemble a jet ski. But instead of standing, you can sit on a comfortable reclining seat or a traditional bike seat.

The faster you pedal the smoother the ride, so it also provides you with a great work out!

 

Petroglyphs

 

The museum itself is also well worth a visit with its ever changing range of indoor and outdoor exhibitions which help visitors get to know the area.

 

Sturgeon viewing

Sturgeon Studies is the hub of sturgeon protection. Vancouver Island University’s International Centre for Sturgeon Studies is the hub of sturgeon protection.

These creatures are absolutely fascinating, and have been part of the world’s ecosystem for over 200 million years.

The Floating Pub

It is the only registered floating pub in Nanaimo, and its location provides an unforgettable experience for patrons.

 

It is the only registered floating pub in Nanaimo, and its location provides an unforgettable experience for patrons.

Visiting at dusk is the best time, so you can see the sun disappear behind the mountains whilst supping a nice cool beer – or whatever else takes your fancy off the menu.

 

Snorkel with Seals

 

If snorkelling with seals is what you seek. You swim through a narrow pass between the rocks and find a bunch of the cheeky furry creatures sunbathing and ready to swim with you.

 

Sea Kayaking

Renting a Kayak is a great way to get closer to the water whilst on your yachting holiday.

 

Now to end on an oldy but a goody. Renting a Kayak is a great way to get closer to the water whilst on your yachting holiday and really immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery here in Nanaimo.

 

 

 

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Best Places to Dine in Nanaimo

In Nanaimo this yacht holiday, be sure to check out our top ten places to dine…

  • Hilltop Bistrohtblogomed

Head to Hilltop Bistro for Nanaimo’s best fine dining experience. The relaxed  yet, prestigious atmosphere really is quite inviting. The menu is comprised of food that is locally sourced, and recipes inspired about the natural surroundings.

 

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  • Marina’s TavernaMarina’s is the place to go for a good old pizza! They also have a fabulous array of Greek cuisine that is perfect for a light bite in the mid-afternoon.

 

 

 

  • Nori Japanese Restaurantimages
    No vacation is complete without sampling the local sushi. The food on offer is incredibly fresh and flavoursome. Visit the best Japanese restaurant on the island, situated on Island Hwy North.

 

 

  • The Mahle House9460063104_3b7e591107_o
    This place is cram packed full of charm. All of the food really has that home-cooked feel; a great place to visit in the colder months for some warming sustenance. Find The Mahle House on Hemer Road.

 

 

So there you have it! Our top ten Nanaimo eateries for your yachting holiday. Enjoy!

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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Celebrations were had by thousands of members of the community over a ten day festival.

This Canada Day, celebrations were amped up around the country and in Nanaimo, to celebrate this great country’s 150th birthday. In this article we will run you through what happened this year, and also take a look back through the history to inform you on how we got to this point.

This Year

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Celebrations were had by thousands of members of the community over a ten day festival which started on the 21st of June, and climaxed on July the 1st – which is Canada Day. Friends and family came together to rejoice in everything Canadian. Nanaimo builds its offer each year, and 2017 saw the biggest year of celebrations yet. Events were organised by the City of Nanaimo in collaboration with the official Canada 150 Committee to throw the country a birthday party it will be hard to forget.

Absolutely everyone who was anyone were involved in the celebrations. There were a number of interactive stalls through Maffeo-Sutton park including a mouth-watering array of food vendors, as well as offerings from Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo SPCA, the Royal Canadian Navy, and Purple Pirate. There was also a very well attended commemorative Bathtub run (an annual event until 1996), and a whole host of performances including Bastion City Cloggers, Scottish Country Dancers, Chinese Dancers, Ballroom and Latin Line Dancers, and even Square Dancers!

 

This eclectic mix performances really reflects the diversity of Canadian communities, and celebrates difference which is really what Canada Day is all about. This eclectic mix really reflects the diversity of Canadian communities, and celebrates difference which is really what Canada Day is all about.

There were also choirs, award winning performer Rick Scott, Violinists, Blues Artists, Big Band, and a Fiddelium!

There was something to suit every taste, which made the celebration all the more special. HMCS Nanaimo was docked to allow revellers to view the majestic ship which is also celebrating its 20thbirthday.

The event was drawn to a close with a fantastic fireworks display as the sun came down over Nanaimo Harbour.

Different areas of the region held their own celebrations alongside the main line of events. Parksville kicked things off with a pancake breakfast, at Qualicum beach they did the same and had their own parade. Ladysmith celebrated through music, both local performers and international took to the stage.

Canada Day is really a chance for people to demonstrate their pride in the history, and cultural achievements. This is why, the Canada Day Challenge has been a big part of celebrations for many years.

It is a chance for local young people between the ages of 8 and 18 to express their national pride through a variety of creative art projects which are a cornerstone to the celebrations across the nation.

 

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Tie useful sailing knots

Knots are simple once you know how, and it really is a case of practice makes perfect.

Useful Sailing Knots

There are an almost limitless number of knots one can tie, but what is lesser known, is that there are ten specifically useful when sailing. In this article we will walk you through the knots which are best to use on board.

All of these knots are simple once you know how, and it really is a case of practice makes perfect. So lets begin:

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

Easy. Sort of a running noose that is adaptable in size.

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

 

A half hitch, followed by another half hitch. Easy. Sort of a running noose that is adaptable in size. If you need an object to be tied tight, this is your knot. Great for stopping a fender whip from slipping, and to keep a dock line secure. You pass the piece of rope around an object you need securing, then tie one hitch on top, and one to the bottom.

 

Bowline

The bowline is formed of a fixed noose that is situated at the end of the rope

Bow line

Hailed by many sailors as the most useful knot. The bowline is formed of a fixed noose that is situated at the end of the rope, meaning that it will not slip. Therefore it is particularly useful when securing sheets to the head sail. The main advantage of this type of knot is that it is always easy to untie no matter what the load.

 

Stopper Knot

One of the most secure knots, is the double

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Stopper Knot

overhand stopper knot, or stopper knot for short. This is because this knot does not come undone as easily as some of the others.

The trick to this one is looping the rope twice around your palm, tuck then end under the loops, and then pull the loops up over your hand and pull tight. Easy.

 

So as you can see, there are many useful knots you can tie whilst sailing, it is a good idea to practice the ones you will need before embarking on a voyage, to avoid mistakes and mishaps. Read more about tie useful sailing knots.

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Lagoon 42 – Water Dragon

Water Dragon for 2017 season will be ready for charter from the European factory.

Water Dragon

The trendy Lagoon 42 is polished and contemporary, with curvaceous and flowing external lines penned by French designers VPLP.

The catamaran is also easier to handle, thanks to an efficient deck layout that moves the mast also aft. A larger foretriangle for a greater choice of downwind sails, a shorter boom for ease of maneuvering, mainsail broader near the head, taking advantage of less turbulent wind for a real improvement in performance, re-centering of the weight, which greatly reduces pitching.

A cruising catamaran

The helm station is ergonomically designed so the captain can have direct communication mutually the cockpit and saloon below. A bimini top provides protection from the sun, while a sliding panel in the top still gives a quite a few views of the sails above.

Large, rectangular hull windows engage plenty of light into the staterooms. The owner can choose between three of four staterooms, which have island double-berth beds in the aft cabins and beds with side beg borrow or steal in the earlier cabins.

 

 

The U-shaped blue is fitted mutually wide counters to study plenty of many a moon for growing meals.

The U-shaped blue is fitted mutually wide counters to study plenty of many a moon for growing meals. The in a period space bouncecel be fenced in and enjoyed with air-conditioning, or prove to the cockpit outside.

 

Newly designed wide stairwell decked in teak lead perfect from the transom to the raw material, giving the feeling in one bone of a roughly larger yacht.

For 2017  season “WATER DRAGON” will be ready for charter direct from the European factory.

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Discover the secrets of Secret Cove – Nanaimo Yacht Charters

Discover the secrets of Secret Cove with Nanaimo Yacht ChartersSo if you’re cruising Vancouver and looking for a new adventure, one of the most beautiful and serene ports you can visit has to be Secret Cove. As your yacht sails into one of nature’s most beautiful locations, discover a perfect location that has everything you need, whether for rest and relaxation, a romantic getaway or even a location for refocusing and revitalizing.

As you approach the cove, you’re greeted by the stunning skyscrapers of Douglas-fir and Arbutus. With such a wonderfully romantic name you can certainly be assured of something special when you arrive. Enjoy breathtaking views from your yacht and look forward to a warm welcome as you come ashore to this beautiful bay.

Secret Cove is well known for its protected anchorages, thanks to its gentle bays and coves. It’s definitely worth taking time out to visit some of the beautiful pristine wooded areas that the cove has to offer. You can also look forward to enjoying some fantastic great west coast cuisine at one of the local restaurants.

Secret Cove is well known for its protected anchorages, thanks to its gentle bays and coves.

Thinking of exploring into town, there’s a post office and liquor sales outlet plus you can also find a great parlor that serves delicious ice cream. You’ll also be recommended to visit the Secret Cove Marine, where you’ll find a complete range of services. Secure mooring is also available.

There are a variety of hotels available if you’re looking to stay at the Cove, many offering fabulous views across Sunshine Coast’s finest locations. There are many different activities for you to take part in here too such as golf, swimming, walking and kayaking, however if it’s peace and tranquility that you’re after, you’ve also come to the right place. If you’ve chosen a yacht charter to celebrate a special occasion such as milestone birthday or anniversary, Secret Cove is a perfect location to create many new happy memories to remember.

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Cruising Vancouver on a Meridian 368 – Special Powerboat offer – JUNE 2017

Meridian 368 – Blue Skies

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Blue Skies is a well-appointed, high quality vessel, with a layout that maximizes functionality on one hand but privacy on the other.
The fore and aft cabins both feature full heads with enclosed showers.

Enjoy 360 degree views from the bright and airy saloon. There is heat in all cabins and the saloon for that extra coziness. Each cabin and the saloon are equipped with TV/DVD players.

The highlight of this delightful cruiser is the large fly bridge with ample seating and commanding views of the coastline.


Very easy to handle as she has both stern and bow thrusters and is a fast cruiser for those who wish to cruise further afield. Boarding is safe and easy with a generous swim platform. Molded steps are protected by sturdy rails into the cockpit which is above the aft cabin. The side decks are large with a complete enclosure.


If you are looking for a quality, well equipped modern cruising yacht look and it has just been approved for extra discounts, call/email us to book.

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Phone: 1- 250-754-8601

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