We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Love this island

3km walk around the island. This is a nice area to get away from the City of Nanaimo. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Nanaimo, Canada
via mobile
Gorgeous and historic

This island is entirely park. There is a small walk on ferry from Nanaimo and once there you have... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Ann N
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Read all 363 reviews
All photos (198)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“dance hall”(10 reviews)
“provincial park”(17 reviews)
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Nanaimo
from US$ 108.11
More Info
from US$ 220.08
More Info
from US$ 105.40
More Info
from US$ 16.22
More Info
Reviews (363)
There are newer reviews for Newcastle Island
See the most recent reviews
Filter reviews
351 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews a short ferry ride dance hall provincial park bring a picnic lunch day trip marine park peace and tranquility quick trip hiking trails ice cream downtown nanaimo few hours camping gear small ferry oysters lots of history new castle
Updating list...
31 - 40 of 351 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

3km walk around the island. This is a nice area to get away from the City of Nanaimo. Beautiful beaches,easy trail access, accidentally found the old coal mine.( area was blocked though).

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank flipslove
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This island is entirely park. There is a small walk on ferry from Nanaimo and once there you have access to walking or biking trails, beautiful beaches and walk-in campsites as well as a quarry where sandstone columns were quarried in the early days. This...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Ann N
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Newcastle Island is reached from Nanaimo via a cheap, short ferry ride. The ferry ride is part of the whole experience! Once you arrive at the Island, you are greeted by tranquil forest walks and hidden coves. Wish we could have camped overnight as I'm...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Keri G
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Right beside Departure bay ferry terminal is a beautiful marine park with a network of trails, beaches history and beautiful sights.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tim S
Reviewed 3 January 2018

I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend good walking shoes if you decide to walk around the island. The beaches close by to the ferry are amazing. The only negative is the washrooms were a bit dirty, with garbage's overflowing. We got their after lunch...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank laud247
Reviewed 10 December 2017

It was my first time visiting Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, and it was a blast! It is remote, yet close to the downtown harbour. You feel like the only person on the island, wandering the trails and taking in the scenery. Bring a picnic...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Taisa A
Reviewed 10 November 2017

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

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank BillyMac24
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank Gobrightly
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 204 nearby hotels
Waterfront Suites and Marina
26 reviews
1.31 km away
Travelodge Nanaimo
326 reviews
1.41 km away
Ramada by Wyndham Nanaimo
349 reviews
1.53 km away
Port-O-Call Motel
56 reviews
1.59 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3,203 nearby restaurants
The Nest Bistro
422 reviews
1.59 km away
Troller's Fish & Chips
270 reviews
1.59 km away
Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant
578 reviews
.43 km away
Marina's Taverna and Pizza
562 reviews
1.54 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,730 nearby attractions
Protection Island
86 reviews
.56 km away
White Sails Brewing
32 reviews
1.49 km away
lsland Marine Adventures
112 reviews
1.30 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
3 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from BC_Island_Folks | Reviewed this property |
Never seen that, but there are plenty in Nanaimo across the channel from Newc Island
Evelyn A
15 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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