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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
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Total Calm

A lovely retreat, which makes even leisurely Nanaimo seem frenetic. A ten-minute ferry ride takes... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2015
Trevor F
Great trails on a beautiful island

From taking the ferry across to Newcastle to the trails around the island all was spectacular. The... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2015
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Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
+1 250-754-7893
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

A lovely retreat, which makes even leisurely Nanaimo seem frenetic. A ten-minute ferry ride takes you to a landing stage, and from there on it is back to nature, big time. Lots (and lots) of camping sites, especially at weekends, I guess, but just the...More

1  Thank Trevor F
Reviewed 10 September 2015

From taking the ferry across to Newcastle to the trails around the island all was spectacular. The lookout provided great scenery. We also walked around the perimeter of the island, on the beach, which proved to have interesting rock formations. This is an afternoon of...More

2  Thank 5ontheroadagain
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A great ride over and a fantastic walk through the area along paths. Signs telling you about what the island history is. Very enjoyable hiking or relaxing.

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A short ferry ride from Nanaimo, this park would be a very welcome sight for exhausted parents. Lots of open space for kids to run around in and many nature walks.

Thank michaelbW7318CV
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

It was amazing walking around. 5 to 6 kms walking in a very nice atmosphere and fresh air. Sandy beach as shown in pictures and lovely view. Ferry timings are on schedules, however, it were busy going pack to nanaimo.

Thank koki1965
Reviewed 1 September 2015

10 minute boat ride across Nanaimo harbor. A relaxing islet with fewer people and lot of space around. Walked through the woods and later took a dip in the crystal blue waters. There are camping sites but we didn't camp. A great place for spending...More

Thank kodiak2015
Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Moored here for the night. Lots of bouys available at $12Canadian. Lots of campsites on land and well marked and delightful trails. Great beaches and tide pools to explore and a cafe serving interesting food and ice creams !

1  Thank xiabuxiabu
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Newcastle Island is beautiful. I took a friend and my dog over there and enjoyed several hours of fun. My dog loved it and went for a few swims while there. After the day and our ferry trip back I was told not to bring...More

5  Thank ImpactMike
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Newcastle Island is pure magic. Everyone who visits this park agrees. It offers an escape from our busy lives without driving hundreds of miles to another location. I hope that more people have an opportunity to experience what I feel every time I step on...More

Thank Hans B
Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Very fun and enjoyable low stress hike. Great for families and you can camp there too! Views and tidal pools and other things that rhyme with groovy!

Thank Chris R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
where can I rent a kayak to go to Newcastle island
27 May 2017|
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Response from Sue W | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm, I'm sure there is a rental place close to the little ferry in the maraina somewhere, I see people kayaking all the time, but I'm not sure. We actually have joined a women's kayaking class to Newcastle Is. with... More
How is the island for bike riding?
23 June 2016|
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Response from pop2cas | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trails are bike-friendly. There are a few branches off the main trails where you'll want to either dismount or just put the bike away. But, generally, the island is OK for bikes.
Del B
Is the ferry to the island and the main trails accessible by mobile scooter? My elderly mother uses a scooter to get around and we want to visit the island
16 April 2016|
Response from Denise D | Reviewed this property |
No, not accessible with a scooter