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Newcastle Island

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Address: Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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This unique marine park is one of a kind and a local gem

Newcastle Island is not just a lovely little island to explore, but is also a repository of a great deal of local history. Canadian Pacific Railways used to ferry passengers over... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Newcastle Island is not just a lovely little island to explore, but is also a repository of a great deal of local history. Canadian Pacific Railways used to ferry passengers over from Vancouver - imagine Edwardian ladies dressed for afternoon tea, and gentlemen in bowler hats strolling the grounds. Perhaps some lawn bowling, or live music and dancing? Or take... More 

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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

With a fun, short ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo you are on a coastal island park Lots of trails and beaches to walk and explore. A good burger for lunch at the cafe. We were able to take our dogs on the ferry with us for $2 each and they enjoyed the day as well!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This island getaway is so much fun for the whole family. Whether on land in bushes and trails or climbing on old quarry rocks. Camping has never left us without great memories. Racoon and deer and bunnies all over. Sand dollars in the inlet and sandy bottomed bays. You can fill the void at the main building and watch the... More 

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Thank Heather S
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to come and enjoy a beautiful walk and picnic. Make sure to plan at least half a day as it is only accessible by boat or kayaks. There is a public boat which only takes a few minutes.

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Thank birgitwhyte
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Take my boat several times a week, particularly in the fall and winter, tie up to the wharf at the island and go for a stroll along the numerous pathways Very few people there during the winter months. During the summer a different situation!

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Thank JohnMacMillan68
Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Newcastle is amazing place, we came here to celebrate my moms birthday, there is picnic areas, we took a little passenger ferry over from downtown Nanaimo and within 10 minutes we were over st Newcastle. Must visit. We will definitely be back.

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Thank Kris M
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We have walked around Newcastle Island several times and each time we see something new.If you are really lucky you get to see the champagne coloured raccoons.

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Thank Irene D
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I got married on the beach and I've always loved this island. It's very special. At night you can see so many eyes from raccoons and deer!

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Thank Chevy S
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Love this little island. You can camp...pinic....or just play at the beach. Many seabirds like herons and cranes to be seen. Also a trail that you can take around the outside of the island...about 6 kms or so. Not really hard but well worth it.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

You catch the ferry from Maffeo Sutton Park (passengers, bicycles and dogs) which takes only a few minutes. There is nothing commercial on the island aside from a sometimes-open snack counter in the main building. The island has many paths that lead, one way or the other, around and across the island. The signs directing walkers are a bit ambiguous... More 

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