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Nanaimo Ocean Discovery Centre: Plans for “world class attraction of epic proportion”

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Ocean Discovery Centre in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

Plans for an Ocean Discovery Centre in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, have moved a step closer.

Following a presentation of the project’s business plan, the City of Nanaimo have committed to investigate the feasibility of using a location on the publicly owned waterfront for the development.

“world class attraction of epic proportion”

Nanaimo Deep Discovery Association are proposing to create a $50-million “world class attraction of epic proportion” which will attract tourists and regenerate the local area.

The vision for the Ocean Discovery Centre is: “An inspiring collection of interactive displays, robotics, submersibles and IMAX experiences showcasing the history, the present, and revealing the future of ocean ecology & sustainable technologies.”

The business plan forecasts 70,000 visitors a year, generating an estimated $171 million throughout the local economy.

$45 million of the funding needed for the three year development would need to come from the provincial and federal governments, together with a ‘mortgage or loan free’ land lease from the city for the 1,000 sqm site.

Current proposals for the centre include touch tank aquariums, a virtual reality shark cage thrill attraction and a $10-million moving theatre similar to Soar over Canada.

Images: Nanaimo Deep Discovery Association

Ocean Discovery Centre proponents eye Nanaimo’s publicly owned waterfront

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