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nanaimo-waterfront-boatingOne of the main attractions of Vancouver Island it the fantastic waterfront views. A great way to enjoy the waterfront is to go for a leisurely stroll around the Nanaimo Seawall, also known as the Harbour front Walkway. Starting at the downtown harbour you can follow the four kilometres of walkway all the way to the BC Ferries terminal. On the way you will pass the seaplane terminal, Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Park, and the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Boats abound along the waterway, as well as water creatures native to the area. Keep your eyes peeled for a seal or two; they are always ready to make mischief. Along the Nanaimo Seawall you will find ample opportunity to experience some of Nanaimo's fantastic Native Art and Canadian crafts, as the walkway has tons of fun shops along the way. When you feel like you need a pick me up, grab a tea or coffee along with a freshly baked scone or cinnamon bun. Don't forget to sample one of the area's world famous Nanaimo bars! While a four kilometre walk should only take two hours round trip, give yourself lots of time to stop and watch the comings and goings of the boats in the harbour (not to mention people watching!). You will likely see everything from small dinghies to yachts and even a warship or Coast Guard ship if it's your lucky day. Sit on a bench and relax while checking out the seagulls and other waterfowl, or keep walking until you reach the ferry terminal. On your way back along the Nanaimo Seawall, stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many fine restaurants, or sit on the deck and have a pint while you unwind. One more thing: don't forget to bring your camera; you never know what you will see. After walking the seawall in Nanaimo, and you feel you need an extra day to see the rest of the city, the Painted Turtle Guesthouse is just one short block from the waterfront and always welcomes weary and walk-in travellers who need a clean bed for the night and a charming and fun inn to while away the evening sharing tourist stories with other guests from around the world.