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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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Nanaimo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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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
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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