PLAN YOUR VISIT

The Port Theatre is centrally located in Downtown Nanaimo. It's easy to find us from any direction. 

Parking

Conveniently located beside the theatre, the most ideal parking is in the Harbourfront Underground Parkade.  Other options include the Bastion parkade and VICC parkade, both within a block of the theatre. The parkades can get very busy before sold-out events so remember to allow for extra time. Rates in the City's parkades are very reasonable.

  • Harbour Front Parkade @ 51 Gordon Street (lower level has direct access to the theatre)
  • Vancouver Island Conference Centre/Port of Nanaimo Centre @ 101 Gordon Street

Getting Here From the South

Cedar, Ladysmith, Cinnabar, Duke Point

When approaching Nanaimo, do not take the Parkway Bypass (Hwy 19), continue on Hwy 1 through South Nanaimo until you reach Downtown

Parking in the Parkade

  • After you pass Port Place Shopping Centre, turn right onto Commercial Street, in front of the Conference Centre
  • Turn right onto Wharf Street, a one-way by the Library & Diana Krall Plaza
  • Turn right onto Front Street, and right again to enter the Harbourfront Parkade 
  • Additional access to the parkade at Museum Way & Gordon Street
  • A door leads directly from the lower level of the parkade into The Port Theatre

Just Dropping Someone Off

  • After you turn right onto Front Street, continue just past the parkade entrance and pull into the Ticket Centre pull-in
  • OR turn right onto Gordon Street to use the pull-up to the left of the main entrance
  • You can also access the lower level of the Harbourfront Parkade at Gordon Street and Museum Way, which has a door that leads directly from the parkade into the Port Theatre.

From the North

Parksville, Lantzville, Coombs

When coming from the north, stay on Hwy 19 all the way until the #18 "City Center" exit at Jingle Pot Road.

  • Turn left off highway onto Jingle Pot Road. This turns into 3rd Street, then into Fitzwilliam Street and then eventually Bastion Street.
  • When you've reached the old Bastion fort at the end, turn right onto Front Street, and then the 2nd right is the entrance to the Harbourfront Parkade
  • OR continue to Museum Way in front of our doors to drop someone off.
  • You can also enter the lower level of the parkade from Museum Way at Gordon Street. There is a door from the parkade directly into the theatre on this level.

From Central Nanaimo

Hospital, Departure Bay, Country Club

Follow the Old Island Highway (19A) or Stewart Avenue (Hwy 1) south to Downtown. 

  • Turn left onto Comox Road at the lights near the Howard Johnson Hotel
  • Follow Comox Road up the hill. It turns into Front Street after the bend. 
  • You'll pass the Best Western Dorchester Hotel, then the Coast Bastion Inn, and then you can turn right into the Harbourfront Parkade (after Wharf St.) 
  • OR continue to Museum Way in front of our doors to drop someone off.
  • You can also enter the lower level of the parkade from Museum Way at Gordon Street. There is a door from the parkade directly into the theatre on this level.