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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
250.754.7893
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Ranked #4 of 28 Attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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Red Deer, Canada
2 reviews
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
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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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89 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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61 attraction reviews
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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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Nanaimo
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Seoul, South Korea
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's a wonderful multi-use park in a beautiful location. You can hike, camp, picnic, bike, swim or attend/host a special event (wedding, family reunion, birthday, etc.) in a safe, clean, and family-oriented, natural environment.

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Parksville, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A great place for a pleasant and easy walk. Just take the free ferry for a 3 minute ride to the island and start. The island (and the ferry) are pet friendly so your 4 legged buddy can join. Anyone visiting Nanaimo can do this without having to make any long drive into the countryside to get to forested trails.... More

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nanaimo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

an In town out of town experience pure peace and tranquility on the island while the hustle and bustle of the city is over there great place to get a quiet vibe in life

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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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