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It's just beautiful, crystal clear sea, mountains in the distance, not commercialised, no shops, no anything apart. Peace, tranquillity and an old fashioned quality that just makes my heart sing. And the little boat trip over is so cute too.
My wife and I hiked around the island. It was amazingly peaceful and very beautiful.
The quarry was well worth a visit and I appreciated the story boards about the Zephyr.
The boat operator who took us over and back was delightful. Full of information...More
We had a lovely ferry ride over to the island with Steve who told us about the champagne raccoon who’s indigenous to this island. We walked around most of the island, stopping to take some photos along the way. The Island Caretaker happened to be...More
This is one of the best Provincial parks I visited in the area. It is reachable by 10 minutes boat from Nanaimo pier and the Island is car free, so you can move only by foot or bicycle. It is like an indian reserve so...More
Since we live in Nanaimo it is easy to pop on the (free) little boat from Swyalana Lagoon over to the island. The trails round the island are well kept and easy to follow through the forest - takes us about an hour or so...More
Went over to the island with hubby and Golden Retriever. Adults are $8 and our pooch was $1. Great little 8 minute boat ride over. We walked around the island (about 6 miles in total) and loved every minute of it! We walked on the...More
We spent two nights on a mooring buoy in August. Some smoke from the fires but not too bad. Landscape was dry on the south end of the island where the camping areas are located. Campsites themselves looked great. We walked about 5 miles on...More
We took the ferry over and hiked around the island for over 2 1/2 hours - great trails - beautiful scenery and best of all no garbage - people respect this provincial park - lots of people enjoying this jewel
Just a short boat ride from the downtown park puts you on a picturesque island with lawns for games, rocky beaches full of barnacles and oysters to explore or swim from, many trails to hike and great views from all directions. The loop trail around...More
Yes, there are several good beaches for swimming, one near the ferry dock with expansive lawns leading down to it as well as a children’s playground. Further around the island is Kanaka Bay which is a little more private and... More
Yes, there are several good beaches for swimming, one near the ferry dock with expansive lawns leading down to it as well as a children’s playground. Further around the island is Kanaka Bay which is a little more private and also has great swimming, particularly when the tide has come up over the warm sand.