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Newcastle Island

Address: Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
Phone Number: 250.754.7893
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Nanaimo, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Tenting is popular here, you take the ferry from Nanaimo about 15 minutes away. Getting off the ferry, you check in at the park station, get a campsite # and load your gear into a wheelbarrow. Sometimes the concession is open in the summer. Various people have had the food services and I'm not sure about the hours. If there... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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225 reviews 225 reviews
89 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We wanted to go to Newcastle Island because we had heard that there were great walking trails there, but the regular parks ferry stops running at the end of October. So we walked to the far right end of the Harbour and discovered the Dinghy Dock Pub ferry. For $12 each they ferried us to the island, first stopping at... More 

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Liked everything. Only people and nature, no vehicles. Hadn't camped in years. Was very special with my daughter, backpacks, and all. Peaceful walks, pacific nature in the raw. A wedding was taking place and many guests had tiny tents for the night. Very unique place.

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Hong Kong, China
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40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

What a disappointment! We went to visit the island, a provincial park, on a Saturday but no ferries. The schedule finished on the 14 October and no new schedule or communication replaced it. The staff at the Dinghyy Dock pub said they could take us across for a fee but we ran out of time. Missed opportunity!

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A beautiful provincial park with lots of options. If you decide to do the full hike around the island (about 8-10 KM depending on what option you take) keep your eyes on the beaches as you will freuently see racoon after a shellfish lunch. We saw 8 on our last hike and 2 of them were albino! The quarry site... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Something for everyone, lovely walks, can camp, great ferry ride over,lots of marine environments to look at and explore. Treed areas, open fields excellent for picnics. Historical interests, wildlife.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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96 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you are in Nanaimo for the day or just the afternoon. Catch the foot ferry at Maffeo Sutton Park which takes you to the main dock on the island. There’s lots of parking nearby and it’s free too. The hike around the island is an easy 7.5 km, taking 2-3 hours. The... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you love long walks, trails, beach and adventure, this island is one of the best nearby Nanaimo. It's definitely worth spending a day not just exploring the historical stops during the walk but also, enjoying one of the cleanest, nicest spots for a swim.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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71 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We had never visited New Castle before, and learned of it on a daily walk. Up early the next day we took a short ride on a harbor ferry, and had a great day of quiet , and hiking on this beautiful little island. the Bistro there is ready to serve breakfast,lunch during their season, which was ending the next... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It's accessible by boat and there's a pedestrian/bicycle ferry which departs every 30 minutes from Mafeo-Sutton Park. Allocate about 2 hours if you want to walk around the Island. Some great sandy beaches on the east side. Camping available for tenters. No motorized vehicles allowed on the island.

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