Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Station
The Nanaimo Railway station was officially opened in August 1886. It was designed to service mid sized communities across Canada and as such combined living quarters and commercial space. Take note of the tower allowing an unobstructed view of the rails.
In the summer of 2007 a suspicious fire nearly gutted the heritage building. There was a small amount of insurance in place but not enough to complete the restoration. Local groups were formed to raise the millions of dollars a heritage building of this importance deserved. The contractor and friends of the project went well beyond the call of duty culminating in a truly important building that all Islanders can take pride in.
Today the Station houses Fibber Magees, Nanaimo's only Irish Pub.