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Nanaimo is one of Vancouver Island’s cultural capitals. This January, take a break from the winter doldrums and plan a day strolling through parks and the scenic Nanaimo Harbour or hiking through gorgeous trails. Top off this day of exploration with an entertaining show at the Port Theatre!


Visit the Port Theatre on January 20 to see a truly spellbinding piece of original theatre, Unikkaaqtuat! From the creative minds of acclaimed artistic troupes Artcirq, Les 7 Doigts de la main and Taqqut Productions, Unikkaaqtuat is a mesmerizing multimedia presentation that conjures up a world known only through oral history. The show utilizes shadows, actors, live musicians, and acrobats for a magical display of a time in the world before there was consciousness of life and death, the arrival of light upon the earth, and the colonization of the North American continent. This is a unique and spectacular showcase that reveals and opens up the world of spirituality to the audience.


International Guitar Night is a treat for any fan of stringed instruments. For better or worse, rock and roll has put forth a dominant concept of what we know about the guitar and its' role in music. When we think of the instrument, we associate fiery single-note solos and rocking rhythmic chords propelling a band forward. However, the guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in the world, adaptable to countless styles of music and playing.

That versatility will be on full display at the Port Theatre on January 24, when guitar masters from around the world showcase their diverse and eclectic styles, as well as collaborate on inspiring and unique performances that you won't see anywhere else! Watch acclaimed tap-style guitarist Mike Dawes host the Canary Islands’ German Lopez, Finland’s electrifying jazz virtuoso Olli Soikkeli, and Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West in a show of truly astounding musicianship!

While you're visiting Nanaimo for a winter getaway or a culturally inspired adventure, The Best Western Dorchester, located in the heart of the city, is the superior choice for spacious, well-appointed and comfortable accommodations. Book your room and take in beautiful harbour views, shop at onsite boutiques, savour fine dining at our onsite restaurant or enjoy a casual drink and snack at our hotel lounge and bar.
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