Nanaimo Harbour - It's Amazing!
I've enjoyed living in Nanaimo, the harbour city, for nearly 40 years. Nanaimo is located in the center of the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and once you've been here, you may never leave.
Visitors are amazed by our people, places, adventures, and entertainment. They find space to breathe, to relax, and to reconnect.
Slip through our protected waters by kayak or try your hand at a ropes course through the trees. Take in the natural surroundings of the area with a stroll along the waterfront walkway or through one of our picturesque parks.
Although shopping in Nanaimo is always in season, I want to introduce you to Nanaimo's spectacular harbour, where you don't have to spend a penny to take in the incredible beauty.
As you can see, the harbour is spectacularly lovely.
This photograph was taken from Protection Island, just east of the Dingy Dock, one of the harbour's big attactions.
Our dragonboat teams sometimes paddle to "the Dock" for a pleasant meal and a drink. Seeing 22 people arrive in a small boat gets quite a reaction from the tourists who arrived on the Protection Island Ferry!
The photo below was taken as our dragon boat approached the Dingy Dock on September 30, 2008.
This photograph provides a view of Nanaimo from 20 km to the South, near the Duke Point Ferry Terminal.
A Harbour CollageClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Dragonboat U Bette basks in the sun while her crew enjoys a picnic in Midden Bay (Newcastle Island).
The Eye Of The Dragon - Dragon Boats Rule Nanaimo HarbourClick thumbnail to view full-size
Bathtub Racing and the Marine Festival
"Nanaimo harbor was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first race in 1967."
"As the City of Nanaimo's 'Centennial Event' that year, close to 200 tubbers (in every type of craft imaginable) entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the 36 mile course to Vancouver's Fisherman's Cove across the straits of Georgia."
"Now the 'Great RACE' finishes at Departure Bay in Nanaimo covering a very grueling course that leaves Nanaimo harbor circles Entrance Island and then up to and around Winchelsea Island and then back to Departure Bay in Nanaimo."
"In the early days it was indeed a challenge to just get past the starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large observation and escort boat in Nanaimo harbor."
"From the confusion of a first time bathtub race 39 years ago, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo 'Great' INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubers were the highlight they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch."
I found the contrast between the Nanaimo Seawalk's masts and the construction crane interesting. I hope you do, too. The building is finished now, but I haven't gotten around to photographing it yet.
The old Malaspina Hotel, long a downtown eyesore, has now been transformed into a high end waterfront condominium.(I don't think the City has any business building high rises on the waterfront, but it's too late to do anything about it now - the money seems to be more important than the needless destruction of an incredibly beautiful harbour.)
The Nanaimo Seawalk stretches across the Port of Nanaimo, from the Nanaimo Yacht Club to Port Place Shopping Center. The scenic oceanside walk provides access for cyclists as well as those on skates. It extends well past the the wonderful Maffeo-Sutton Park, a Nanaimo Harour jewel.
Nanaimo's Annual Silly Boat RegattaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Tribal Journeys Canoe Voyage
Vancouver Island, 2008
The largest Tribal Journeys Canoe Voyage in British Columbia history was set to mark the beginning of the 2008 Indigenous Games. As many as 80 to 100 traditional ocean-going canoes, from a variety of canoe cultures and nations, made a two-week journey to Cowichan, on Vancouver Island, travelling from as far away as Tlingket on the Alaskan border and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and as far south as Oregon.
As the boats arrived at each scheduled stop, they were received with a traditional Coast Salish Welcome. The photos below were taken in Nanaimo harbour, in Departure Bay, on July 26, 2008.
Departure Bay - Nanaimo, BCClick thumbnail to view full-size
Nanaimo, British Columbia - More information about Nanaimo and its harbour
- Home of the Silly Boat Regatta
Celebrating the 24th Annual Silly Boat Regatta in 2008, enthusiasm is growing for this family oriented fun-filled event. With the help of our sponsors, teams, volunteers and spectators we're sure to meet our goal of raising $80,000 for the Nanaimo C
- The Dingy Dock Floating Pub
The history of the Dinghy Dock is a very important part of the guest experience. Many people come year after year to enjoy the marine experience. Everyone has fun at the Dinghy Dock!
- Newcastle Island
Newcastle Island became a Provincial Marine Park in 1961, when the nearby City of Nanaimo granted it to the Province of British Columbia after having acquired the island from the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1955. Situated in Nanaimo Harbour within s
- Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival Society
Come and Celebrate the Spirit of Dragon Boat Racing on the most beautiful waterfront harbour of Mafeo Sutton Park. The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival brings together and gives back to our diverse community through team building, charitabl
- Xtreme Reach Dragonboat Team
Xtreme Reach photographs from the 2008 SaveOn Dragonboat Festival
Nanaimo on YouTube - Seeing is believing!
Outrigger racing is a sport in which an outrigger canoe is propelled by paddlers - six, in this case. Outrigger canoeing has grown from its roots in Polynesia to become a very popular paddling sport, with numerous sporting and social clubs located around the world.
The designation for the boats shown below is "OC6," for "Six person Outrigger Canoe" Vancouver Island OC6 paddlers are also often involved with dragon boat racing, and turn to outriggers to keep in shape during the off season.
OC6 Outrigger team warming up in the staging area at Maffeo-Sutton Park during the 2011 Battle of the Bay, Nanaimo, BC