Nanaimo is a port city located on Vancouver Island (BC Canada). Aka "Harbour City", Nanaimo was previously known as "Hub City" attributing to its central location on the island. The city has a total area of approx 91 km2 (35 ml2) and population over 92,000. Nanaimo is approx 40 mi (65 km) from Vancouver BC (across Strait of Georgia), approx 100 ml (160 km) north of Victoria BC (Vancouver Island) and approx 195 ml (315 km) north of Seattle WA (USA).
Nanaimo Port Authority operates inner Harbour Basin marina which provides mooring for smaller ships. WE Mills Landing and Marina provides mooring for larger vessels. Nanaimo's cruising season runs between early May and early October.
- In 2016, Nanaimo port's tonnage volumes increased by 61% over 2015. The number of vessels handling raw logs at Assembly Wharf doubled, and the number of handled containers increased by 21%.
- The port handles by 25 to 30 cruise ship visits per season, with economic impact on the local economy around USD 150,000.
- In 2017, the port authority (NPA) applyed for federal funding to expand the Duke Point terminal. The project is to double the facility's size to handle larger vessels and to expand its paved area to handle more cargo.
- In 2016, the port was visited by over 3200 recreational boats (mainly from USA), so the development plans may include upgrading the yacht marina.
- For season 2017, the cruise port had scheduled 6 ship calls (an economic impact of USD 2,87 million).
The local economy's original driver was coal mining, supplanted in the early 1960s by the forestry industry following the MacMillan Bloedel pulp mill construction (1958). Today, the pulp mill injects into the local economy over USD 0,5 million per day.
Here is hosted the annual Nanaimo Marine Festival, part of which is the bathtub race. It starts in Nanaimo harbour downtown, then goes around Entrance Island and continues northwest to Winchelsea Islands to finish back in the harbour. Until 1990s, the race ran from Nanaimo to Vancouver.
A signature feature of the city are its layout design with all main streets radiating out from the harbor - like spokes of a wagon wheel. A fun fact is that the "Nanaimo Bar" (no-bake cookie bar with custard filling) is a Canadian dessert named after the city. The best spot to find the signature dessert is Dinghy Dock Pub. Other tourist attractions include Newcastle Island Marine Park, City Quarter (shopping mall), Harbourfront walkway, Arts district, cannon firing and bagpipe performances daily at the Bastion(the last remaining wooden Hudson’s Bay Company bastion in North America).
Vancouver Island has around 2140 ml (3440 km) long coastline. The island's total population is nearing 800,000.
Nanaimo cruise terminal
Port Nanaimo has 2 terminal facilities - at Assembly Wharf (close to downtown) and at Duke Point (serving cargo shipping operations).
In 2011 was inaugurated an USD 24 million cruise terminal at Assembly Wharf. The facility provides Canada Border Services Agency clearance. Port Nanaimo's cruise ship terminal is named "Welcome Centre". The facility was opened on May 6, 2011. Among the larger ship operators often booking the port are Princess, NCL Norwegian, Celebrity, RCI Royal Caribbean.
The cruise terminal has 1 berth and can accommodate some of the world's largest passenger vessels, among which were Celebrity Solstice (in 2014) and Explorer of the Sea (in 2016). Near the cruise pier is located Nanaimo Heliport (operated by Helijet helicopter landing pad).
The cruise port provides golf cart shuttles and complete handicap accessibility. From the terminal depart tour buses to Central Vancouver Island and also City Shuttles.
Nanaimo is directly linked with Vancouver via BC Ferries, served by dedicated terminals in Departure Bay and Duke Point. Smaller ferries offer regularly scheduled service to and from several smaller islands. The city's airport YCD provides regularly (delete) daily flights to the USA and (delete as incorrect) mainland locations including Vancouver YVR and Calgary YYC. The world’s largest sea plane airline offers daily flights to the mainland and YVR.
The Nanaimo cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC Canada.
If you lose the Nanaimo location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Nanaimo cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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19 October, 2017
A busy weekend for cruise ship tourism in Nanaimo started with a visit by Celebrity Infinity. The 2,200-passenger vessel anchored at...May 28, 2017
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