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On the Waterfront

Explore the Nanaimo waterfront's attractions and services

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Nanaimo Art GalleryCultural AttractionLocated within sight of the Boat Basin, the Gallery presents a program of excellent exhibitions by professional contemporary artists and dynamic public programs that explore exhibition themes in the gallery and in the community. We offer innovative workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities for both children and adults at Art Lab.
Nanaimo MuseumCultural AttractionA few minutes walk from the waterfront, the Nanaimo Museum is a dynamic community facility offering diverse interpretive programming encouraging visitors to “Make a Discovery” while exploring the history and heritage of our area.
Port TheatreCultural AttractionThe theatre offers a broad range of cultural events designed to meet many diverse interests and needs. A landmark on the city's waterfront, it also serves as an important meeting place for a variety of community events, seminars and educational conferences.
The BastionCultural AttractionBuilt in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company.  The Bastion is open 7 days a week from May long weekend through Labour Day. The cannon firing ceremony takes place daily at noon when the Bastion is open.
Vancouver Island Conference CentreCultural AttractionJust steps away from the scenic Nanaimo Harbour in the heart of a walkable downtown, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre is Vancouver Island’s finest full-service convention centre.
Vancouver Island Military MuseumCultural AttractionAt British Columbia's most significant Military Museum, we invite you to browse through the more than 25 exhibits and displays showcasing Canada's proud Military History and Traditions.
Vancouver Island Regional LibraryCultural AttractionA few minutes walk from the Boat Basin.
Maffeo Sutton ParkRecreational ActivityMaffeo Sutton Park is Nanaimo's signature park overlooking our world famous harbour. The park is a central point along the Harbour Front Walkway. Amenities include access to the walking trail, Playdock destination playground (limited wheelchair access), Swy-a- Lana lagoon and swimming beach (no lifeguards), Lions Pavillion covered stage, Spirit Square, ferry access to Newcastle Island ferry, and washrooms.
Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Fishing PierRecreational ActivityLocated in Maffeo Sutton Park, a popular spot for fishing and crabbing.
Little Boat ChartersRecreational ActivityWith a maximum of three guests, Little Boat Charters will take you to destinations only accessible by boat.
Port Place Shopping CentreShoppingPort Place Shopping Centre is a hybrid indoor/outdoor shopping mall only a few minutes walk from the Boat Basin.
Firehouse GrillPub/RestaurantCombining traditional Sushi and other savory menu items with new sauce creations and spice variations, we are constantly exploring the frontiers of flavour. We feel confident we are in a place of distinction and differentiation in an industry that's bogged down in the same-old, same-old. Having our own smoker in the kitchen allows our chef to develop a freshness and flavour not found anywhere else on Vancouver Island.
Beafeater's Chop House & GrillPub/RestaurantBeefeater's with its elegant yet informal atmosphere and its sunny patio is a destination for those who enjoy wonderful food and good conversation. Offers a fresh perspective on Mediterranean cooking with Executive Chef and Owner Petros Mihalatos and chef Don Bourne.
Carlos O'BryansPub/RestaurantThree yums up!
Dinghy Dock Pub & RestaurantPub/RestaurantA must visit. Come by dinghy or take the water shuttle from the Boat Basin. The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make this a popular destination year round.
Lighthouse Bistro & PubPub/RestaurantLocated over the water with fabulous views of Nanaimo Harbour. Excellent service. Tasty Craft Beer and Wines from around Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Miller's PubPub/RestaurantTraditional pub fare and atmosphere, lots of good energy, wide selection of beers.
Minnoz Restaurant & LoungePub/RestaurantLocated in the Coast Bastion Hotel, a short walk from waterfront. Fabulous views of Nanaimo Harbour, wide range of seafood favourites and viandes in an elegant, but informal atmosphere.
Modern CafePub/RestaurantTrendy cafe located in the heart of the old district, 5-minute walk from the waterfront.
Old City Station PubPub/RestaurantBig, high-ceilinged watering hole with historical decor & a menu of burgers, pizza & surf ’n’ turf.
Penny's PalapaPub/RestaurantA floating restaurant beside the Boat Basin. food is fresh, simple and delicious. Join us for local fish, zesty enchiladas, classic tacos or Chef’s fabulous daily specials.  Home-made desserts and drinks, including the best margaritas in Nanaimo- fresh squeezed daily!  Bring the little ones to enjoy our customizable kid’s menu.
Perkin's CoffeePub/Restaurant Perkins Coffee Company is a unique cafe in downtown Nanaimo that specializes in homemade, healthy breakfasts and lunches. Our products are prepared in-house and only the best, whole foods are used in our cooking and baking. To compliment this, we draw on locally roasted, organic and fair trade Spirit Bear Coffee Company.
Pirate ChipsPub/RestaurantOld-fashion fish & chips a few minutes walk from the waterfront.
Power House Living FoodsPub/RestaurantPower House is your destination for FRESH, healthy & delicious RAW vegan food, prepared daily with LOVE, from local & organic ingredients, whenever possible.  Our RAW food creations are Gluten Free & Dairy Free, with no refined sugars or flours, no additives or preservatives.  Fresh, natural whole foods uniquely created for your health & enjoyment.
Troller's Fish & ChipsPub/RestaurantAt our floating restaurant near the Boat Basin, we serve up local and wild-caught seafood: so whether its ling cod, sockeye salmon or the delectable fresh halibut: you're in for a real treat!
White Sails BrewingPub/RestaurantA place where everyone feels welcome and where local musicians and artists can participate in jam sessions or open mike nights. The ambiance combined with great craft beers is what White Sails is all about!
Best Western DorchesterAccommodationLet us be the first to welcome you to beautiful Nanaimo, the city of harbours. The Best Western Dorchester Hotel is conveniently located right downtown near the bustling Nanaimo Harbour, offering excellent views, professional service, immaculate rooms and extensive hotel features for your enjoyment.
Coast Bastion HotelAccommodationLocated in the heart of charming downtown Nanaimo, close to the Boat Basin and waterfront, and the restaurants, bars and boutiques of the historic downtown. We are pet friendly, so let your four legged family members join in the fun!
Painted Turtle GuesthouseAccommodationWe offer a variety of flexible accommodation options for hostel travelers, couples, families and groups in a classic European-style hotel/hostel. You will experience great hospitality and spotlessly clean comfort at an affordable price while meeting like-minded people from the region and around the world.
HelijetTransportationConnecting Nanaimo with downtown Victoria and Vancouver with 6 scheduled return flights daily.
BC Ferries - Departure Bay TerminalTransportationFerry to Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) with connections to Sunshine Coast.
Gabriola Island FerryTransportationTake the ferry if you don't have a boat. Take advantage of dive charters, fishing charters, kayak rentals or golf in seaside splendor at Gabriola Golf and Country Club. If you brought a bike, you may visit the many galleries, farm tours, and wineries on a circle route. Don't miss the Malaspina Galleries, which are beautiful wave-like sandstone formations that were created by millennia of water erosion.
Harbour AirTransportationScheduled connections to Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and Sechelt (Sunshine Coast)
Nanaimo Cruise Ship TerminalTransportationOperated by the Nanaimo Port Authority
Sunshine Coast AirTransportationScheduled connections to Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport, Victoria and Sechelt (Sunshine Coast). And flightseeing tours of Vancouver Island.
Seaair SeaplanesTransportationService between Nanaimo and Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Boat Launch BrechinMarinePublic boat ramp
Custom Entry - E DockMarineCustoms port-of-entry easily accessible on the E-Dock of the Boat Basin, right next to the fuel barge.
Gas N Go MarinaMarineFull fuel services
M&P Mercury Sales LtdMarineEstablished in 1957, M&P is proud to represent the best in premium boating products and brands. We have a great selection of new and quality pre-owned boats
Nanaimo Boat BasinMarineSafe secure moorage in the heart of the Nanaimo waterfront
Nanaimo Yacht ClubMarine Established in 1931 to encourage the sport of yachting, to foster seamanship and navigation, and to provide and maintain a suitable clubhouse and moorage facilities for the use and recreation of its members.
Stones Boatyard and Marine StoreMarineStone's Boatyard is a professional, clean and environmentally friendly do-it-yourself haul out and marine repair facility. We’re a full service boatyard with one of the biggest marine travelifts on Vancouver Island, capable of lifting boats up to 83 US tons/75 Metric tonnes, 85 feet in length and a 20 foot beam. Boat owners are welcome to work on their own boats, utilize our boat repair services or employ outside contractors.
Petro-Canada MarineMarineFull fuel service at E-Dock in Boat Basin
Stone's MarinaMarineStones Marina, over its 37 years, has grown into a people place of the first order, made up of a fourteen acre community of the friendliest boaters and residents that you will ever find. Full fuel service
The Harbour Chandler Ltd.MarineWe carry a wide selection of nautical equipment, such as engine parts and deck hardware, but we also carry marine-related items such as clothing and electronics. There is no better place to find fishing tackle, rods, jigs and more.
Marinaside ResortMarine ResortThe Marinaside Resort is the most luxurious accommodation in Nanaimo. We have the largest hotel suites on Vancouver Island. State of the art marina, oceanside restaurant
Waterfront Suites and MarinaMarine ResortWaterfront Suites and Marinas promises to make your stay comfortable and unforgettable. Our newly-build marina provides the highest quality services and amenities.
Page's Resort and MarinaMarine ResortWinner of the 2015 CAFE Vancouver Island Family Enterprise of the Year Finalist, Page’s Resort & Marina has been welcoming visitors since its inception as a fish camp and store serving the sea-going community in the early 40’s. Page’s has since evolved into a full service resort welcoming more and more visitors every year.