Cruising to Nanaimo, British Columbia


Welcome to Nanaimo, British Columbia

NanaimoNanaimo, BC, is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, just 34 nautical miles across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver, 85 nm north of Victoria, and 170 nm north of Seattle, Washington. The Port of Nanaimo is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern and southern part of the Island and is therefore known as the “Hub City.” From here, it’s just a short trip by boat, plane, or vehicle to some of the most beautiful spots on the West Coast.

Port Nanaimo is one of 18 Canadian Ports and demonstrates it’s commitment to the cruise industry by having built a $24 million, state of the art Welcome Centre. The centre opened on May 6, 2011 and has already welcomed guests from Princess, Norwegian and Celebrity cruise lines as well as several smaller pocket cruisers. This permanent berth is the newest terminal in the Pacific Northwest and is built to accommodate the largest vessels on the West Coast of the Americas. Fast disembarkation, golf cart shuttles and complete handicap accessibility allow passengers the freedom to come and go quickly.

Packing for cruise

Packing for your cruise stop here just got easier thanks to Nanaimo having one of the mildest year round climate regions in all of Canada. Summer begins in June and often extends into October with average daytime highs in the mid-20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit) with lows of about 10C (50F).

Things to do in Nanaimo

Nanaimo is home to Petroglyph Provincial Park, where visitors can view ancient petroglyph rock carvings and runes. Newcastle Island is another provincial park in Nanaimo, and was at one time a world-famous summertime tourist destination. The city lays claim to the oldest continuous community band in Canada, The Nanaimo Concert Band, established in 1872. Nanaimo is also known for its bathtub race during the annual marine festival, the famous Nanaimo bar dessert and for the cannon firing on the parapet next to the Bastion every day at noon during the summer months and for special events.