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Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant

) #12 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo €€ - €€€ , Seafood,
8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
+1 250-753-2373
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for dinner after a day of fishing food was great. Fish piece were smaller then served in Ontario so get 2 pieces. Crisp and fresh

Thank Catherine118
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pub is on a floating pontoon on Protection Island looking back towards Nanaimo Harbor, fairly basic but inviting lunch menu, and a very good range of beers. With the sun shining and the boats going past a very nice place your be. The island...More

Thank Ridgefray
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had so much fun taking the Dinghy Dock Ferry over to Protection Island for my bday dinner. We arrived a good half an hour before departure. Parking can be a challenge but suggest underground near Cameron Island-do not park in the Thrifty's/London Drugs area near...More

Thank patriciae648
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought it was expensive for what the portion sizes are. Extremely beautiful location & views. Fun setting to watch the boats and paddle surfers. When there are waits for the ferry, there really isn't anywhere to sit in the shade. I went once quite...More

Thank dianna463
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dinghy Dock Pub is a neat little spot with a beautiful vista! The staff were all very friendly and super busy running food and drinks to tables. The food was great! I didn't want the battered fish and chips so the waitress suggested a...More

1  Thank sandsista
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We expected it to be busy as we had to wait to confirm our spot on the short ferry ride over. Staff were very friendly and helpful and we sat out on the family section where the kids can fish through the dock. It seemed...More

Thank Graham J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to the Dinghy is an experience in itself. If you are out boating they have a number of large slips that will take boats up to about 30' and many places to tie up your tender. If you just want to check it out...More

Thank Kurt S
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment! We love to hear from our valued customers! It is so nice when customers can leave a detailed review of our Pub experience. Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had fish and chips for lunch. The ferry runs hourly throughout the day and takes approx. 15 minutes to cross from Nanaimo Harbour to the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Island. The ferry can carry approx. 34 per trip and is cheap. The pub...More

Thank Gary S
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there, We are thrilled to hear from you! It is always so nice when our valued customers take the time to give us some feedback. It sounds like you had a great visit and lucked out with all the wildlife which surrounds the Pub!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the short ferry trip over ($9 return, per person), and arrival at the restaurant couldn't be easier - boat arrives, you are literally 10' from the entrance. Ferry/water taxi runs every hour or so; a bit more often, when busy. Had fish n'...More

Thank pudman43
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Pub! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your visit! We always appreciate feedback from our customers! Come back soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful day on the waterfront in Nanaimo tour all the little shops wander amongst the boats and then a short ferry to Protection Island to a great floating restaurant on the Water. Food and service we both good.Prawns Linquine were excellent.More

Thank becom2017
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for this lovely review! We are so glad you had such a nice day in Nanaimo along the waterfront and at our little Pub! It's great to hear from our valued customers and I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-2373
The Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant has been an attraction in Nanaimo, British Columbia since 1989. The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make us a popular destination year round. We are the only registered floating pub in Canada making your experience a unique one. We’re moored off beautiful Protection Island originally known as Douglas Island. The ramp that connects the pub to the island allows visitors to walk the rock beaches, visit the parks or view the heron rookery, making it feel like you’re on vacation. Whether you arrive by ferry, kayak or private boat it’s our goal to make your trip to The Dinghy Dock Pub and Protection Island a memorable one!

The Dinghy Dock Pub was originally designed to function as a marina. This included a store with bait shop and showers. In 1989 patrons would order and pay for drinks at the bar and do the same for food through a hole in the kitchen wall! Over the years the Dinghy Dock Pub has expanded three times. The expansions included patios, a family area and enlargement of the kitchen. The original docks surrounding the pub were lower to the water to accommodate the dinghies of yachts anchored in the harbour. Presently our docks range in size and fit vessels as small as kayaks and as large as a 50′ sail or power boat.

Along with the docks, we’ve evolved to become a full service pub and restaurant where minors can dine as well. The Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant are entirely floating, creating an amazing experience once aboard. Our menus show case delicious seafood, a twist on classic pub fare and local beers from Vancouver Island. Stunning views of the coast are featured from every seat in the house whether you’re inside or out. The fishing hole on the restaurant patio has great views of the Nanaimo Harbour and Vancouver island. Kids and their parents can try to make the big catch at our fishing hole while enjoying the sights and sounds of sea planes, boats and nature.

Protection Island is situated between the beautiful Newcastle and Gabriola Islands. The population of Protection Island is 350 and measures a mile and a half long by a mile wide. The island is a relaxing walk before or after visiting the Dinghy Dock Pub. As you walk the island you’ll notice only a handful of cars and an abundance of golf carts. Most residents use golf carts for transportation and to haul groceries from the ferry or their private boat. Interesting areas of exploration are the community garden, beaches or parks and local museum. Next time you visit The Dinghy Dock Pub leave yourself extra time to check out this little island across the Nanaimo Harbour!
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