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“Pleasant escape out of town”
Review of Newcastle Island

Newcastle Island
Ranked #4 of 82 things to do in Nanaimo
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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 away from town, or a place to picnic. One of the significant benefits of this place are the camping spots, and the activity I would genuinely reccommend if you venture here - peace and tranquility within sight of Nanaimo.

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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 run was scheduled to be ~9:45pm). The skipper and crew were cheerful and helpful and the caterers did a good job. The facility is the old pavilion/dance hall from the 1920s/30s so open rafters, wooden floor, huge windows that lifted to give a gentle sea breeze through the building. We've been to the Island many times and hiked the loop around the Island almost every time and never had any complaints - clean, safe, (yes, rustic) and the views to the east across the Straits are incomparable. You can do the loop in roughly 2 hours; shoes recommended - not sandals.

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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!

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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 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.

Thank Robin O
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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 if you didn't bring a picnic lunch. There are also tons of hiking trails to explore for those people that are up for a walk! I highly recommend taking the short and very affordable ferry ride over to explore this island!

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