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 your camera) Accross the water to the mainland and back to Vancouver island; dozens of little beaches; views of big ships waiting to cross to Vancouver; spectacular old growth forests and a cople of small lakes thrown into the mix. Easy to hike as much or as little as you want in day or just an afternoon or evening.