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Snuneymuxw Newcastle Island

This island is absolutely magic. It is a healing place, and has been for centuries, for the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Nanaimo, Canada
Pleasant escape out of town

A short ride across the harbour from Nanaimo, a selection of woodland and coastal trails on this... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
London, United Kingdom
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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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
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  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!

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank TNTtravel
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Ferry to the island is only c$5 return. We went on an extremely hot day and very much enjoyed it. We did cut our trip short due to the heat which was a disappointment as we were looking forward to a longer walk. We did...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank brianpexton
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) is just a short passenger ferry ride from Nanaimo harbour. Bring good walking shoes, a picnic and a camera. There are many beaches that are excellent for picnics or a quick swim. And there are plenty of trails for walking although not...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Took the grandchildren for the day. Had a great time. Called my son he came over no traffic no worries. All as we did was walk and enjoy. The family want to go back and camp.

Date of experience: August 2017
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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