Events

  • Starlight Skate - September 19, 2021

    Sep 19, 2021, 4:00 PM

    The Starlight Skate is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle while enjoying lap skating with our soft light stars and passive LED lighting. Held on various Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre.
  • World Rivers Day 2021

    Sep 19, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Our riverways connect us all with clean water, recreational opportunities, fish habitat, exploration routes and cultural significance to the First Nations. Celebrate with us from September 20-26 for a variety of watershed tours (please pre-register) and online activities.
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - October 5, 2021

    Oct 5, 2021, 6:30 PM

    Special "Glow in the Dark" Skate held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm at Frank Crane Arena.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Teal: International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

    Oct 7, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is on October 7 and serves as an opportunity for those living with facial pain and their loved ones to come together to raise awareness, educate people about this rare condition, and raise money for support organizations and research. Trigeminal neuralgia is pain associated with your trigeminal nerve, which you may feel in your lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw and/or lower jaw. Everyone’s symptoms are different: you may experience extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like pain in the face that lasts a few seconds or minutes. For some people, the pain is constant aching, throbbing and/or stabbing.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red, Brown Yellow, Orange: Thanksgiving Day

    Oct 12, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, held on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Teal, Green, Pink:  Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

    Oct 13, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 is a time to gain and spread knowledge of what sufferers are up against and how society can help. Metastatic means that what began as a case of early-stage breast cancer has metastasized, or spread to other organs (lungs, bones, etc) outside the breasts, and is now considered to be stage four cancer.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Purple:  Shine a Light on Domestic Violence Month

    Oct 13, 2021, 5:00 PM

    The “Purple Light Nights Campaign” began in 2006 in Covington, Washington state, USA, as a fundraiser for the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force. The campaign is now in 24 US states, 3 Canadian provinces and 12 communities in British Columba. The colour purple is the symbolic colour of Domestic Violence and represents courage, creativity, wisdom, dignity and peace. Community businesses, government and non-government agencies and residents will be encouraged to decorate their businesses or residences with purple lights or purple decorations during the month of October. The Bastion will be coloured purple on October 13 - 20 and October 22 - 29, 2021
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Purple and Blue: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 21, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Light It Up on October 21 is a campaign in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the many ways people who have a disability contribute to businesses and communities across Canada; and help companies be successful and competitive.
  • Starlight Skate - October 24, 2021

    Oct 24, 2021, 4:00 PM

    The Starlight Skate is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle while enjoying lap skating with our soft light stars and passive LED lighting. Held on various Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Orange: Halloween

    Oct 31, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Halloween is observed annually on the night of 31 October. It is believed to have originated primarily as a Celtic celebration marking the division of the light and dark halves of the year, when the boundary between the living and the dead was believed to be at its thinnest. Halloween customs, such as wearing disguises to ward off ghosts and offering food to appease malevolent spirits, were brought to Canada in the mid-to-late 1800s by Irish and Scottish immigrants. North America’s first recorded instance of dressing in disguise on Halloween was in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1898, while the first recorded use of the term trick or treat was in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1927.
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - November 2, 2021

    Nov 2, 2021, 6:30 PM

    Special "Glow in the Dark" Skate held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm at Frank Crane Arena.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Teal:  Alzheimer's Awareness

    Nov 4, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Light the World in Teal is annual program held in November as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. People and places around the world “go teal” to raise awareness and show support for the millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s. This year’s Light the World in Teal takes place on November 4, 2021.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Red: Remembrance Day

    Nov 11, 2021, 4:00 PM

    Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans. The Bastion will be coloured red November 10 - 12.
  • Starlight Skate - November 21, 2021

    Nov 21, 2021, 4:00 PM

    The Starlight Skate is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle while enjoying lap skating with our soft light stars and passive LED lighting. Held on various Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre.
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - December 7, 2021

    Dec 7, 2021, 6:30 PM

    Special "Glow in the Dark" Skate held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm at Frank Crane Arena.
  • Starlight Skate - December 19, 2021

    Dec 19, 2021, 4:00 PM

    The Starlight Skate is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle while enjoying lap skating with our soft light stars and passive LED lighting. Held on various Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red and Green: Christmas

    Dec 22, 2021, 4:00 PM

    Christmas (which means "The Mass of Christ") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. The Bastion will be coloured red and green December 22 - January 1
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - January 4, 2022

    Jan 4, 2022, 6:30 PM

    Special "Glow in the Dark" Skate held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm at Frank Crane Arena.
  • Starlight Skate - January 16, 2022

    Jan 16, 2022, 4:00 PM

    The Starlight Skate is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle while enjoying lap skating with our soft light stars and passive LED lighting. Held on various Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre.
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - February 1, 2022

    Feb 1, 2022, 6:30 PM

    Special "Glow in the Dark" Skate held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm at Frank Crane Arena.

Special Events

The City of Nanaimo hosts special events year round, so check back here often or join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter as we are always adding more!

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Clubs and Organizations in Nanaimo

The City of Nanaimo is home to several clubs and organizations. From arts, social, sports or community, check out this Clubs and Organization Listing and see how you can get involved! Email askpre@nanaimo.ca to add your non profit group to this list or to update your organization information.

Bastion Lighting Events

Do you have a cause or organization and would like to have a Bastion lighting event? Visit our Bastion Lighting Requests page to get details on how to qualify and request the Bastion be lit for you!

Last updated: August 19, 2021

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