Nanaimo is B.C.’s third oldest city and its rich history is brought to the forefront at the District Museum. Home of the Bastion, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost originally constructed in 1853 and the first B.C. heritage building to be preserved when threatened by demolition, the organization works to highlight Nanaimo’s colourful history to visitors. In 2012, the City of Nanaimo infused the museum with $100,000 of its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Casino Nanaimo, to ensure the museum could keep its permanent collections and special exhibits open to the public, and continue sharing the stories of the area’s early settlers.
Nanaimo District Museum
Share of provincial gaming revenue helps fund operations of Nanaimo District Museum