Who We Are

The Port was created in 1961 as the Nanaimo Harbour Commission and was continued as the Nanaimo Port Authority on July 1, 1999 under the Canada Marine Act.

The Port is a Federal agency whose mandate is to administer, control, manage and protect navigation and safety of the Nanaimo Harbour. The Nanaimo Port Authority must remain financially self-sufficient, without subsidy from any level of government. The Port strives to be competitive and continue its role as a catalyst for improvement of the Nanaimo waterfront.

Port facilities include deep sea terminals at Nanaimo Assembly Wharf, Duke Point Terminal, Commercial Inlet Basin and Marina, W. E. Mills Landing and Marina for larger vessels, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza Shops and Parking, Seaplane Terminal, Walking/Fishing Pier, Harbourside Walkway and the administration of federal water leases in the Port boundaries.

The Port also acts as a facilitator in initiating and supporting ideas and events which stimulate economic growth for the community and, laterally, the Port.