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Travelled all the way back to this place from the UK as I find it magical

It's just beautiful, crystal clear sea, mountains in the distance, not commercialised, no shops... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I hiked around the island. It was amazingly peaceful and very beautiful. The quarry... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LucyG47
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Travellingcanuck2012
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jthackwray
Reviewed 8 October 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Valerio G
Reviewed 1 October 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank catherinecolinl
Reviewed 23 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KandK1208
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AlbertT965
Reviewed 31 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Barbara Anne G
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Catch the passenger ferry to a place with no RVs and tenting with lots of room. Big spaces for family sports close to the beach for (cold) swimming. Best tent camping around Nanaimo.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Chris T
Reviewed 22 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jonathan L
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3 September 2018|
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Response from Gordon M | Reviewed this property |
Since it is an island, it would be best to locate secure parking at someone's home and then get a ride down to the ferry dock.
12 July 2018|
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Response from BC_Island_Folks | Reviewed this property |
Never seen that, but there are plenty in Nanaimo across the channel from Newc Island
15 May 2018|
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Response from Ann N | Reviewed this property |
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