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Newcastle Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 27 attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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White Rock, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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Vancouver, Washington, Usa
5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Overall the hiking here is very scenic. We started out heading west from the ferry landing on the Shoreline Trail I think it was called. This turned into the Channel Trail in about .8 miles and headed north from there... We were really surprised to see a deer on the Shoreline trail about 150 feet ahead of us.. We pretty... More

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Whistler, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Really enjoyed Newcastle Island. It was a nice walk around the entire island. Don't forget the Sandstone Quarry. Mallard Lake, however, is not much of a lake so don't be too surprised. Dogs are allowed on the island. Lots of view points, restrooms and rest stops ( benches ). There's a playground for kids and when the tide is out... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The island is reached by a small ferry that takes less than 10 minutes. We went in late May and the place was deserted. We walked around the island and then took a few other trails and spent about 6 hours there. In this time we only saw a total of less than 10 people. There are forest trails and... More

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Fergus, Ontario, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Fun place to take the family for a daytrip! Ferry leaves sway a lana park almost hourly. Bring sunscreen, a picnic and a Frisbee. Not much to purchase over there, go to enjoy the shoreline with the kids or camp overnight and walk the island.

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