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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
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Excellent outing for families with or without children

Beautiful surroundings with ocean views all around, easy walking trails, various beaches, all very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maria J
Natural Beauty

A slow, 10 minute, ferry ride ($5 return) from Nanaimo takes you to this beautiful island. No cars... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Bill M
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful surroundings with ocean views all around, easy walking trails, various beaches, all very well maintained and clean. The 10 minute boat ride was fun and reasonable in price, with regular departure times in the summer. Limited concessions available in the bistro/restaurant

Thank Maria J
Reviewed 5 October 2017

A slow, 10 minute, ferry ride ($5 return) from Nanaimo takes you to this beautiful island. No cars, only a couple of residences and a few campsites occupy Newcastle island. There are several trails of varying lengths from 2 km to 7.5 km, that are...More

1  Thank Bill M
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Park your car at 100 Comox Street in the 3 hour parking lot. Directly in front of the car park is a children's playground and the water. Walk to the water and the dock for the little ferry is there. The map of the island...More

Thank Kweega
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This island is absolutely magic. It is a healing place, and has been for centuries, for the Snuneymuxw Nation and is very easy to understand why once one sets foot on it. There is a fabulous trail for walking, witnessing, experiencing nature or gourmet running....More

1  Thank Gobrightly
Reviewed 28 September 2017

A short ride across the harbour from Nanaimo, a selection of woodland and coastal trails on this small island. This is a good introduction to the forests of Vancouver Island, but is no match for the likes of Pacific Rim NP. More of a diversion...More

Thank nowvoyagernow
Reviewed 28 September 2017

A very good choice of locale. Quiet, quirky, memorable, a perfect mix of civilized and rustic. Many chose to camp - we stayed in a hotel in Nanaimo a short walk from the ferry. Organizers arranged to hire the ferry staff into the night (last...More

Thank jhsheep
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Anytime we go to Nanaimo we head over to Newcastle Island. A wonderful place to visit, hike, play in the water and have ice cream!

1  Thank Charmon B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This little island is a 10 minute ferry trip from Nanaimo downtown Harbour. It has both an interesting past and a protected and beautiful present. Close to 20 km of hiking trails go around and zig.zag accross the island. Spectacular views (make sure you have...More

Thank Robin O
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We recently visited this small, idyllic island and were blown away by the beauty of the place. The beaches are picturesque. Some are perfect for swimming, some for beachcombing, and some for just taking in the view. There was even a restaurant to buy food...More

Thank nicolec1979
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Went over late morning & stayed most of the day. Took over a cooler with snacks & drinks. It was very dry due to the hot summer. Had a great day on the beach & in the water (a little cool). I didn't venture out...More

Thank TNTtravel
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Tammie Y
11 October 2017|
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Response from brianpexton | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we had a really nice bowl of sea food chowder at the cafe which is a couple of minutes walk from the jetty.
Dave V
27 August 2017|
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Response from freedom06 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They have a sign as you get off the boat saying dogs must be leashed but we saw a few dogs enjoying a dip in the water and hiking with their owners off leash once you get away from the launching area. There has been a... More
27 July 2017|
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Response from Blaine S | Reviewed this property |
Yes depending on where you want to go and what kind of stroller you have.