Every day at the height of the summer tourism season, a stream of people flow through Nanaimo, en route to Long Beach, Chemainus, Victoria or other Island destinations. We look at the potential cost to keep folks here.
1. Gondola to Mount Benson
Some have stood atop Mount Benson and experienced a panoramic view of much of the Island and across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver, south to Mount Baker, on a clear day.
Those who have seen it know it's spectacular, but it's an experience not all can share.
One solution is to build a gondola, taking visistors up to the best view on Vancouver Island.
2. Bridge to Newcastle Island
Vancouverites once paid handsomely for a weekend on Newcastle Island, dancing the nights away in Newcastle Pavilion. Boats remain the access the picturesque island barely more than a stone's throw from the Brechin neighbourhood.
The forested island, rich in history, is a natural destination. The only problem is access. A foot bridge across Newcastle Channel could change that.
3. Mars Bombers on display
The awesome carrying capacity of the two Martin water bombers is unmatched, and an inspiration to anyone who's witnessed the giant airships extinguish a forest fire. But the flying tankers' careers may be over.
After years of use, Port Alberni-based Coulson Group, is considering selling the planes.
One option might be to create a permanent display from the planes.
4. Giant Nanaimo bars
Visitors entering Nanaimo are immediately welcomed to the Harbour City, but the welcome signs that serve as gateways north and south ignore the one thing the city is known for the world over - Nanaimo bars.
More than a few people tasted the yummy treats without knowing the city they're named after.
Two mammoth Nanaimo bars to welcome visitors might change that.
5. Underwater walkway
Our waters offer some of the best cold water diving in the world.
Jacques Cousteau knew it, as do most scuba divers. The rest of us are blissfully unaware.
Once Nanaimo became a centre for artificial reef diving, some dreamed of an underwater walkway in Departure Bay, to share the abundant sea life with landlubbers. A decade later, the dream remains just that.
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