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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
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Really peaceful and relaxing

We walked the full Shoreline Trail after wading across from Protection Island - really peaceful and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul A
Harrogate, United Kingdom
A perfect place to visit or camp

We took our Cub Scout group for a weekend camp and loved it. Beautiful scenery, lots to do... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Blaine S
Victoria, Canada
via mobile
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked the full Shoreline Trail after wading across from Protection Island - really peaceful and we saw very few people. The views towards mainland Canada are beautiful, the ones towards Vancouver Island less so. The beaches are peaceful and there is much wildlife to...More

1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took our Cub Scout group for a weekend camp and loved it. Beautiful scenery, lots to do including hiking, swimming in the ocean, giant checkers and horseshoes. A quick ten minute walk on ferry ride from Nanaimo gets you there and it's only $5...More

Thank Blaine S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short ferry ride over from Nanaimo and you are in another world. You could spend your day just in the area the ferry docks, walking around on the rocks or playing in the open fields or you could walk around the island or through...More

Thank S1028GCkarenb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love our trips to Newcastle! Fun water taxi and a moderately easy hike around the entire island with amazing views!

Thank Pawprintz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a day and 2 nights at the dock at Newcastle Island during a 3-week boating trip through the San Juans and Gulf Island, and it was a highlight! Although it was early season and the concessions weren't open yet, we didn't mind. The...More

Thank Ann Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As with protection island this is a short but easy ferry ride from Nanaimo harbour. Is is $5 return to this island and then there are a series of great trails around the island. I visited on a bank holiday Monday so there was a...More

Thank GracieMorton95
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went over by boat to go for a hike in the park and spend some quite time all the facilities look run down the paths need attention .it is in need of proper management or better yet someone that cares

Thank blair97
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Took our bikes on the ferry shuttle from Maffeo Sutton Park. Was a beautiful hot day, the forest was perfect for walking and biking in. Some places you were unable to take bikes, so they were parked and we walked in to make sure we...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I once walked all the way around this island with my grandma. If she could do it, so can you, or most of you anyway. It's a quick trip from Nanaimo and I remember swimming on the beach here just having a god fun adventure...More

1  Thank NutsoLonsdale
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We visited this island on a sailing flotilla on Easter Weekend, 2017 and it was beautiful. I highly recommend this as a destination for anyone cruising the local waters or even for a day trip if you can get over from Nanaimo.

Thank daddymak
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
where can I rent a kayak to go to Newcastle island
27 May 2017|
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Response from Sue W | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm, I'm sure there is a rental place close to the little ferry in the maraina somewhere, I see people kayaking all the time, but I'm not sure. We actually have joined a women's kayaking class to Newcastle Is. with... More
How is the island for bike riding?
23 June 2016|
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Response from pop2cas | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trails are bike-friendly. There are a few branches off the main trails where you'll want to either dismount or just put the bike away. But, generally, the island is OK for bikes.
Del B
Is the ferry to the island and the main trails accessible by mobile scooter? My elderly mother uses a scooter to get around and we want to visit the island
16 April 2016|
Response from Denise D | Reviewed this property |
No, not accessible with a scooter