Nanaimo Boat Basin

Salish Sea > Vancouver Island East > Nanaimo
49.168167, -123.934833
VHF Channel
Moorage Availability:
Transient Space - First Come First Serve Basis - Reservations Available 48 hours in advance - go to for reservation form / Monthly Space available - October to April - 3 Hour Courtesy Ties for vessels under 20 - check with office VHF 67
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Contact Information

Patrick Belanger
Marina Manager
Services at or near the facility
Cell phone service
Coin laundry
Convenience store
Diesel fuel
Electrical hookups
Full time day attendant
Kayak rentals
Liquor sales
Pump-out station
Transportation to town
Visitor information centre

Nanaimo has it all for boaters.

The “Harbour City” has a long history of catering to seafarers. The harbour is framed by historic Saysutshun – formerly Newcastle Island, and Protection Island, creating picturesque anchorages within sight, sound and smell of some of the best marine hospitality in British Columbia. Our welcome comes right down to the water, with pubs and coffee shops lining the lively seawall walk. Stroll into our postcard perfect downtown and find a wealth of eateries, shops and fine hotels. Take your tender to Canada’s only floating pub.

The Nanaimo Port Authority warmly welcomes you to the Nanaimo Boat Basin, one of the best full service marinas on the West Coast. Engaging Port staff ensures that boaters’ experience exceeds expectations.

Nanaimo is a convenient, sheltered base for exploration of the Gulf Islands, the deep bays of southern Vancouver Island and fabulous nearby fishing waters. There is plenty for families to do including kayak rentals, fishing charters and island hiking and biking. There is no shortage of enticing activities to enjoy on the waterfront – from relaxing seaside walks to dining, shopping or enjoying an evening of theatre – life on the seaside of the Harbour City offers points of interest at every turn. Stop over on your way up Vancouver Island. We’ll bet you will stop in again on your way back.

Visit us. Find out why repeat boaters tell us: “Nanaimo is a must stop and it’s amazing what you can do here!” You will find everything you need to refit and refresh.

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Natural Attractions

Saysutshun – formerly Newcastle Island Marine Park

Marine Events
  • Nanaimo Marine Festival/Silly Boat
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Van Isle 360 (yacht race) start/finish
  • Nanaimo Ocean Swim Race Event