Protection Island, located in the Nanaimo Harbour, is a small Island where about 400 year round residents live and ride their golf carts and bikes. The ferry trip to the Island takes about 10 minutes in one of two 30 foot ex-life boats from the Queen of the North. The Queen of the North was a full size passenger and vehicle ferry in the Government owned BC Ferries fleet. The ferry doc on Protection is at the Dinghy Dock Pub.
Each boat holds 34 passengers and makes one trip an hour from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM. If there are passengers left behind, the boat will make as many return trip as necessary to clear the backlog, then will resume the hourly schedule. The ferry boats are inspected yearly and are certified by Transport Canada, Marine Safety.
The Nanaimo terminal is a converted house style boat that was used to move passengers to Newcastle Island by another ferry system. The Protection Ferry service was started in 1987 and was purchased by the family that owned the Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant shortly after they built the Pub.