The Dinghy Dock and Robert Burns: Update February 1st, 2016

Knacker’s Yard recently performed their first official show in the Nanaimo area! Venue: The Dinghy Dock Pub! It was quite the adventure as we had to ferry it out to the pub, which is located just off of Protection Island. The pub was at capacity for us thereby making it a lovely night. Thanks to everyone who caDinghy-Dock-logome out, we look forward to more shows on the island, and at the pub, this summer! Thanks to Summer and Sandra, as well as everyone we met, for the wonderful hospitality!

We like to showcase the venues we play, so  here is a little info about the pub from their website: 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


Protection Island ferry

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.



Dinghy Dock Pub

Robert Burns Night @ the Prospect Lake Community Center

Thanks to Pamela, Judith, and everyone involved with the Burns night! The evening included traditional ‘piping in the haggis’, poem reading, high land piping, and Knacker’s Yard. We performed all of our Scott repertoire including a Robert Burns song. The event was at capacity, so thanks to everyone who came out! Great food and music.

For those of you who do not know this famous Scott poet, you can check out the official site dedicated to his memory:


Robert Burns(1756-1796)