Tonight the weather is changing, the wind is blowing up into a gale, and we have come into Nanaimo Harbour and are moored securely to the city docks. We come back to this moorage as often as possible because it is lively and endlessly interesting. The harbour is a natural one, ringed on three sides by rocky outcroppings. The docks and surrounding seawall are heavily used by tourists and locals alike, a pedestrian shortcut between waterfront districts. Best of all, there is a first class eatery on the docks, Penny's Palapa, which serves halibut tacos, and other Mexican inspired seafood dishes, from a tiny shack and at outdoor tables, and so is open only when it isn't raining or blowing too hard.