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Nice park! Lots of trails!

We spent two nights on a mooring buoy in August. Some smoke from the fires but not too bad... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Albert T
Ashland, Oregon
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Breath taking

We took the ferry over and hiked around the island for over 2 1/2 hours - great trails - beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Barbara Anne G
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Albert T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy hike we did with the family (no kids). We did the outer loop and did a bunch of exploring, ended up being about 13km on our tracker. Small hills and slopes but overall an easy hike if you're used to hiking up to the...More

Thank KSCS2015
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Signs could have been better halfway thru our hike, there are people asking for direction,( stated confusing) but one can’t go wrong just folllow the ocean.

Thank flipslove
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Newcastle Island Park is a wonderful day, or weekend, getaway that sits only a few hundred yards from Nanaimo's shoreline. This little island gem has lots of history from indigenous peoples to Japanese canneries to sandstone quarrying. The island is interwoven with trails, and there...More

2  Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Everything was perfect for our wedding from the location to the food to the staff. A picture perfect day that our guests will never forget.

Reviewed 23 July 2018

It starts with a cute little ferry ride over. We had a gorgeous day and the ride was smooth sailing, so to speak. Once over you can trek the whole island or just plop your towel down and have a little picnic. Whichever you choose...More

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 22 July 2018

we went over on the Newcastle Ferry last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We grabbed a picnic lunch, our sunscreen and hats and spent a couple of hours walking around the island/park/campsite. It was lovely! There is a small restaurant which has ice cream...More

Thank J T
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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