The 50-Kilometer Holiday

The 50-Kilometer HolidayYou’ve heard about the 100-Mile Diet. Now there’s the Nanaimo 50-Kilometer Holiday with seven self-guided tours to places within a 50-kilometer radius of our city. We’ve all watched as gasoline prices have shot up over the past year, making it more expensive to drive. Road trips now cost much more than they did, and with airline ticket prices on the way up as well, that vacation in Mexico or the States has become something of a luxury. Nanaimo residents are fortunate to have a wealth of world class attractions nearby, from the scenic shores of Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, and Gabriola Island to the history and culture of Ladysmith and Chemainus. Coombs showcases butterflies, goats, parrots, and wildlife, while Parksville and Qualicum Beach have excellent museums. There’s hiking along the Englishman River and Holland Creek, bicycling on the backroads of Jingle Pot, Cedar, Gabriola, and Thetis, bungy jumping at Cassidy, and sea kayaking down the coast. It’s a pleasure to stroll along Nanaimo’s waterfront and downtown, enjoying the cafes, galleries, and harbour views. Save money and the planet this summer by being a tourist in your own town with our seven self-guided tours. A printable version and route map is provided for each, and the price is free. Enjoy!

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