Originally Posted by tdw
Nanaimo it is.. The dock is part of a real gem of a park.. Newcastle Island Marine Park..an entire island with moorage, camping, hiking, a dance pavilion, zillion dollar views and plenty of wildlife literally in the middle of Nanaimo Harbour and an easy dinghy ride to the aptly named 'Dinghy Dock Pub' (visible in the first pic with it's shuttle lifeboat ferries)
It was a coal mining centre (hence the name) and also a significant sandstone quarrying operation for years. The columns standing in the front of the San Francisco mint come from here, the stones in the other picture are the leftovers of pulp mill stones used up and down the coast in the many Groundwood pulp mills that thrived in the 20s through 60s.
Nanaimo itself has done a wonderful job with the waterfront with parks, several city and private marinas, seawall walks and good facilities within easy walking.
Plenty of history here (by West coast standards) and just a great place to spend a weekend any time of year...