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Newcastle Island

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Address: Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6X6, Canada
Phone Number: 250.754.7893
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Lovely day trip

Have been before but this was for granddaughter, dog and me. We took lunches and water in back-packs and enjoyed beach time and exploring. The trails are well marked but I was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Have been before but this was for granddaughter, dog and me. We took lunches and water in back-packs and enjoyed beach time and exploring. The trails are well marked but I was glad we had picked up a brochure .... on the boat or at the museum, can't remember.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to spend a day with the kids, or just spend a day with nature. I love to take my grandkids and have a picnic. Lots to see, the kids love the boat ride over. You can also camp overnight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Lots of potential! Great history! Great nature! And very peaceful! A must visit for anybody coming to Nanaimo!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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