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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Accessible only by water taxi, Newcastle Island has everything you need. Restaurant, picnic ground, camping area, beach, clam digging at low tide, beautiful views. Taking the long way around the island is about 10 km but there are lots of shorter hikes to various scenic points. Commonly see eagles and racoons.

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Take the 10 minute ferry to Newcastle Island and take a stroll around the whole island. It is approx 7.5km perimeter. It took us about 3 hours. Stopped at the concession for a hearty lunch. We saw racoons and seals..... It was low tide and our kids went swimming in the sea. Lovely relaxing morning out in the fresh air.

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Clearwater, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our Cowichan Hikers light group hiked Newcastle Island today and it was wonderful. Hiked the perimeter at low tide and saw: sand, surf, driftwood, sailboats, kayaks, BC ferries, float planes, campers, bikers, racoons - oh my. It was a warm day but with trees for shelter, breezes on the ocean side and ice cream at the end what can you... More

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Lethbridge, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We made spur of the moment decision to visit Newcastle Island while in Nanaimo and were glad we did! We walked the perimeter of the island (took about 3.5hrs, but were accompanied by a toddler. Could probably be done in 2hrs) and the views were beautiful. We didn't have a chance to check out any of the buildings, but they... More

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White Rock, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

There are wonderful walking/hiking trails. Bring water and snacks with you as you will want to be here for a while.

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Portland, Oregon
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We enjoyed a day with our bikes on this island. We took our own and parked them for a couple of hours so that we could explore some of the hiking only trails. It's a quick ferry from the Nanaimo waterfront. Bring a picnic lunch!

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Duncan B.C.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A summer day destination just eight minutes in a small walk on ferry from the waterfront park in downtown Nanaimo. The ferry trip gives a delightful perspective on this busy harbour with its float planes coming and going, sail boats at anchor and sailing ,kayakers and motor vessels. The Island itself is surrounded by sandstone rocks with several great spots... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

wonderful park, Short ferry ride, great beach for walking, sometimes there is a snack bar open at the old dance hall. Interesting to see how little things have changed from the 50's

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Prince George, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Beautiful trails to walk through, deer wandering around, tidal pools to investigate, shell collecting, grassy area and lockers so you can store your picnic items securely while you wander around the island. The pickle boat ride is quite enjoyable, as well.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Came here twice on this visit. Good wildlife to see and walk around the island. This visit saw the golden raccoons but no dear as well as plenty of other animals/birds . The ferry man was also very good and helpful

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