Today we visited the CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum.
The Museum exhibits focus on four distinct military groups that have made an impact on Canada's history. The museum is housed in what was once the hospital. We had hoped that they would have more information on the defense systems in the area that are not accessible to the public, but not to be. This was a disappointment.
|Telephone Switchboard Exhibit|
|Depth Charge Display|
We then decided to drive to Nanaimo around 75 miles north in order to visit the Nanaimo Bastion, a Hudson Bay stockade built to serve as a company office,arsenal and storage facility. In the event of an emergency it would also serve as a safe haven for English and Scottish coal miners and their families. It is the only known HBC focused on coal mining rather than trading. In 1862 the post was sold to the Vancouver Coal and Mining Land CO in 1862. The basement was used as a town jail. The Bastion is the only HBC known wooden bastion still standing in North America.
|Interior of Bastion|
|Beautiful Rose Bush at Harbor|
Nanaimo is known as "The Harbour City" featuring more artists per capita than most other regions of Canada. It boasts more than 200 parks and trails. It is also BC's third oldest city and homeland to the Coast Salish. Ferry service is provided by BC Ferry from Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay.
We then toured the Vancouver Island Military Museum. On display is an extensive history and artifacts of Canada's military history.
|Military Pamphlet Showing Exhibits.|