Nanaimo Harbor where we caught the ferry to the island...

This old boat is used for the waiting room for the ferry..

View of Nanaimo Harbor, there is a nice walkway to shops etc..


Colorful boat, everyone has boats around here, lots of islands to go...

We got the senior discount, only $8 round trip to the island..

Lots of dogs on the ferry too.. :-)

Our ferry ..

The floating gas station, picture taken through plastic window from the ferry,...

Lots of sea planes in the area too..

Looking back at Nanaimo Harbor..

Foggy view from the ferry of the Dinghy Dock Floating Restaurant..

Jerry in front of the Dinghy Dock sign..

Loved the inside decor..


Phone in a boat..




We had a wowser lunch with crab cake, 1/2 pint of prawns...

There is a hole in the floor for fishing from the deck...

View from our table..



After lunch, we walked around outside..


About 350 people live on the island..

It was a cool place to visit, we highly recommend it to...

Our campground in the distance..we are wishing we had a boat.. :-)

A funny sign on the walk back...

Taking the ferry back to Nanaimo Harbor...

Back in Nanaimo..

The trees are beginning to bloom all over town..

Last one!

We had a wonderful time today, we took the ferry over to Protection Island. There are several islands around Nanaimo. This one has about 350 people living on it. It is only about 12 minutes away from Nanaimo Harbor.

The main attraction for our visit today was the Dinghy Dock Pub. The Dinghy Dock is a floating restaurant on the side of Protection Island that faces downtown Nanaimo. The pub serves seafood dishes as well as standard pub fare, and has a family (restaurant) section. We had the awesome seafood sample plate with crab cake, 1/2 pint of prawns and Cajun seared cod medallions served with mixed greens. The dipping butter also had chipotle peppers, it was all delicious.

You can get to the restaurant in your boat (there are slips for customers), or you can take the Protection Connection ferry, a converted BC Ferries lifeboat, from downtown (near Port Place Mall on the waterfront). The crossing takes less than ten minutes in the little boat, which carries about 30 people comfortably. We were wishing we had our own boat, we could take it from our campground and be there in a few minutes. The ferry trip alone was incredible. We saw ships, floating gas stations and water planes taking off. It was well worth the $8 round trip fare. We highly recommend this one to all our readers. Check back later for more from beautiful Vancouver Island.

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