Plein-air pen and wash on paper

The End of the Seawalk


The harbour is part of downtown Nanaimo which makes it attractive for both visitors and locals who like to walk or hike along the waterfront. The seawalk takes a hiker past eateries, coffee shops, icecream parlours, a floatplane terminal, a commercial harbour with fishing boats and tugboats, through a park with a kid’s playground and beach, a crabbing dock, several marinas and it provides amazing views of islands and the Coast Mountain range of the mainland. No wonder it is always well used.

This walkway along the seawall ends at the former Nanaimo Shipyards. The building, ramps and docks suggest that this facility has been here a long time, possibly a 100 years or so.

I made a quick sketch of it this afternoon and finished it with a watercolor wash in a warmer and comfortable place as it is still a bit chilly outside if you are not moving.


Not so long ago one could observe boats on the ramps for maintenance or repair work, however it looks like it is no longer in operation and sits idle.


Author: John Hofman

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2 thoughts on “The End of the Seawalk

  1. Your sketches make me wish I could visit your island. S many places have familiar names from the UK. Seaforth is a large dock are north of Liverpool.

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