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Sailing in Vancouver: About Nanaimo

Sailing in Vancouver

If you are sailing in Vancouver, the spectacular beauty of Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s coast is unparalleled anywhere in the world. So for a boat charter in Vancouver, you have convenient access to the most central cruising location available on the West coast from Nanaimo.

About Nanaimo

Aptly meaning “The meeting place”, sometimes known as the Harbour city or Hub City, due to its central location on Vancouver Island and the wealth of activities available from the lovely, island-sheltered harbour right in the centre of the city.

Nanaimo is approximately 110 km northwest of Victoria and 55 km west of Vancouver, only separated by the Strait of Georgia, and is British Columbia’s sixth-largest city.

It is also the site of the main ferry terminal, and as such a gateway to many destinations on the northern part of the island and the coast.

What to do

For a starting base for a bareboat yacht charter around Vancouver Island, there is much to do in Nanaimo alone;

  • Enjoy the walkway along the harbour front
  • Hiking and cycling
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Visit the Nanaimo Museum for a fascinating insight into the history of the city
  • Affordable Art Galleries
  • Spend time enjoying the great shopping
  • Enjoy the local seafood specialities in a diverse array of restaurants.


Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1

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Charterers can expect a safe & relaxed experience on our docks.  Our COVID protocols include boat and cruising area video briefings, thoroughly disinfected boats, and a plan to keep our staff at a distance.  Join us for a 2021 bareboat charter and sail away.

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