Details for Nanaimo Port Authority

Nanaimo Port Authority

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 17 reviews

Address 104 Front St.
Nanaimo, BC V96 5K4


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Fuel discounts based on volume.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

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Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Eco-barge located just outside of marina (if it works).


Yes - At Petro-Canada fuel dock.










Yes - Very short walk to south west of marina--watch out for traffic. 'Farmers market' on shore adjacent to marina (at least in the summer).


Yes - The Harbour Chandler: 52 Esplanade. Very large, full service marine chandlery; 750 metres (15 minutes) south of Port of Nanaimo Boat Basin Marina. Follow Front St. around Port Place Mall, then left 1/2 block on Esplanade. 250-753-2425.


Yes - Two on the docks.

Aladdins Cafe: Very good Meditarainian food close to the marina and medium priced. 67 Victoria Cresent, Nanaimo, BC, 250-716-1299.

Dorechester Hotel - Deep Blue: Good food, medium cost. 70 Church St, Nanaino, BC, 250-739-5060.


Hotels or motels

Yes - Lots

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Habor Chandlery is just South of the grocery (Thrifty).

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - BBX Signal strength is good in inner harbor.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Whole city of Nanaimo!--what more could you want?

Reviews for Nanaimo Port Authority
Convenient to town, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Seattle (344)

Stopped here mid-June for one night before heading through Dodd Narrows the next day. There was plenty of room and we did not have a reservation. Very pleasant walking and easy access to stores and restaurants.

Downtown Location, 2015-07-15
Captain: , Pender Harbour, BC (411)

Very accommodating dock crew. Despite being fully booked, they managed vacant permanent moorage spots for visitors arriving late without reservations. (many of these without a thank-you I will note!!). We will return, wonderful "blues jam" at the Queens hotel (5 min walk) on Sundays, great restaurants and shopping nearby. Highly recommended, only shortcoming os slow wi-fi.

Great stop, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Olalla WA (412)

This place gets crowded, so best if you can call ahead for reservation, but we stayed here 8-3-2014 and 9-1-2014, had no reservation, and they managed to squeeze us in on short notice anyway. Facilities and docks are good, staff know how to catch lines and help get you tied up, office hours are long, and bathrooms are convenient and good. Restaurants on-site terrific, shopping nearby has everything you need within 3-4 blocks. We'll be back.

Eating Out, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Seattle-Union Bay (32)

We have been back three times to a greek restaurant abut 15min walk or $5.00 taxi ride from the marina. Astera. Call for reservations. Busy place but great character and good food.

Cameron Island, 2014-07-25
Captain: , Liberty Bay, WA (400)

We prefer the Cameron Island docks as they are not as crowded and difficult to get into, however, this make it a long walk to the showers and laundry. Pleanty of sites to see when walking around town. We took the Island Queen ferry to the Dinhy Dock Pub and Resturant one evening. It was fun and interesting little ride over, but thought the food was a bit overated from other reviews I had seen. We were there three days and the wind did blow some every day.

Great Location, 2014-07-24
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

We have stayed here many times and always enjoy the stay. Great location near downtown restaurants and nearby shopping center with grocery, drug store, and much more. There are two excellent floating restaurants in the marina and a farmers market nearby. The docks and other marina amenities are fine, better than most but not the best. The pumpout at the entrance to the marina needs some work! Hoses are in very poor condition, far too short , and pumps very slowly.

Good place to provision after clearing customs, 2014-01-06
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Beautiful downtown has some nice views. We were disappointed that we couldn't get a key to the bathrooms as they insist on a deposit and we were departing the next morning before they opened.

Must Stop!, 2013-09-18
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (310)

Professionally operated facility with dock hands to back it up. Two blocks to excellent grocery store, 3-4 blocks to downtown restaurants. An excellent provisioning stop before heading across or up the Georgia Strait.

Friendly, helpful, convenient, 2013-09-06
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

The wharfingers are consistently helpful and friendly, and they don't try to cram boats in too tightly. The recommendations for restaurants and other things are always good. There is grocery shopping, chandlery, and just about anything else you might need right across the street and in the few blocks nearby. We like the security on the Cameron Island docks (all have locked gate except the big concrete pier).

Busy marina in the heart of town, 2013-04-11
Captain: , Sequim, WA (130)

Our stay here was admittedly during a boat show. The show boats took up lots of dock space, and there were throngs of people moving around the docks, using the facilities and generally enjoying the boat show! It made our stay a bit hectic, but we had a wonderful time at the show and in town. Some facilities were a bit worn.

Decent docks, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Bozeman, MT (740)

We enjoyed nanaimo quite a bit, highlights were the English pub, the french bakery, and the used bookstores in the old part of town. The docks are fine but located directly downtown so there are plenty of homeless roaming just off the docks. Most seem OK, but occasionally you'll run into a sketchy person - we witnessed a near fist fight and had to get our kids out of the way. Next time maybe we'll try protection island.

summer visiting moorage, 2012-05-16
Captain: , Nanaimo, B.C. (80)

This is a great place for American boaters to stop and enjoy the facilities and the Character and heriitage of downtown Nanaimo just a few steps from the commercial basin

Close to Downtown, 2012-03-14
Captain: , Oak Bay British Columbia (110)

Very close quarters in Marina but they manage to pack them in. Great for resteraunts and shopping. Friendly staff and clean facilities. Nanaimo has a wonderful waterfront to explore.

Port of Nanaimo, 2011-08-23
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (282)

Nanaimo is a tight fit for larger boats, but the outstanding dock masters can usually find a way to fit you in. Maneuvering in the docks can be a challenge. Go slow.
Nanaimo is a great town for the crew--outstanding restaurants including those right in the marina--good shopping and easy walking access to the town. A "must stop" destination.
Supplement: Penny's Mexican (on the dock just below the marina office) is worth the whole trip. Friendly and the Nuevo Mex is fresh and creative. Best Mexican on the BC Coast.

Nanaimo the Hub, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Sidney BC (582)

Close to shopping, it is a long walk to the washrooms and showers though, particulalry at night. Good place to tie up if you have visitors who want to come to your boat. It is right in the middle of a busy harbour though and can be somewhat noisy at night. We prefer to tie up across at Newcastle Island and dinghy over during the day. Good power hook ups, is a bigger boat style of facility.

Nice place to stop, 2009-09-12
Captain: , Seattle, WA (437)

Nanaimo is a logical place to stop before or after crossing the Strait of Georgia. If you're waiting for the weather to clear, you can tie up to the dock or anchor out by Newcastle Island.

Mooring is all side tie. We were at a nice new dock this time. Friendly staff when you call in.

One of the treats of staying here is eating at Penny's Palupa on the dock for great, fresh Mexican food. Supermarket is also an easy walk from the marina.

Nanaimo Port Authority & Boat Basin, 2009-08-25
Captain: , Cowiche, WA (350)

Just pass the rock breakwater is the pumpout barge and porti-potti dump called, "The Eco Barge". To the port are the slips. Call on VHF 67 for assignments. Very clean facilities, nice help and staff, good showers and restrooms, easy access to the city ammenities including a great chandlery, Harbour Chandlery. We like Nanaiamo, nice people, good waterfront walk and it is obvious the city is making the marina district a destination place.

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