Protection Island Ferry
154 Promenade Drive: Nanaimo’s Marina is home to the Protection Island passenger ferry. Linking locals and tourists alike to beautiful Protection Island. The residential island is dotted with public parks and beaches.
Saysutshun – Newcastle Island
A passenger ferry service to Newcastle Island Marine Park operates from a dock located in Maffeo Sutton Park. Extensive hiking trails, beaches, camping, and historical and cultural sites.
Maffeo Sutton Park
100 Comox Road: Maffeo Sutton Park is home to picturesque Swyalana Lagoon, picnic tables, crabbing dock, a large waterfront island-themed playground, and plenty of parking.
It is also home to many of Nanaimo’s seasonal festivals including the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race which features a two-day music festival as well as a brilliant fireworks show.
Tourism Nanaimo is a great resource for both locals and tourists: see events listings here.
A large dock in the center of the park invites you to try crabbing. Everything you need to get started can be found at the Harbour Chandler.
108 Front Street: Nearest and dearest to us, oceanfront Mcgregor Park has shady benches, landscaped grass seating, and a charming clocktower. The park also encompasses the 1 kilometer walkway around Cameron Island’s Promenade Drive.
Diana Krall Plaza
125 Commercial Street: This centrally located plaza hosts a variety of events throughout the summer. It’s also a great starting point for those looking for a variety of services. Library, banks, shops and eateries are located along Commercial Street in both directions. The Plaza is the go-to spot to view any of Nanaimo’s summertime parades.
Old City Quarter
Fitzwilliam Street: The Old City Quarter is a colourful mix of revitalized heritage buildings offering charming boutiques and specialty shops. Leaving the marina, it is two blocks inland along Bastion Street.
As user’s of Nanaimo Marina we care about our environment. Any visit to the Nanaimo Marina offers a chance to view coastal wildlife.
Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Killer Whales, and Dolphins call our beautiful harbour home, and trust us, we’ve seen them all! Commerants are seen sunning on posts. Eagles can be spotted overhead, while Kingfishers flit amongst the boats. Local fisherman cause a bustle in the harbour, when they head out for Rock Cod, Ling Cod, Herring, and many Salmon species.
As the tide fluctuates, the Nanaimo Marina becomes the perfect arena for viewing an endless variety of starfish, crabs, mussels, sponges, and sea cucumbers.