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“One of Vancouver Island's Best Kept Secrets!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Newcastle Island

Newcastle Island
Ranked #4 of 75 things to do in Nanaimo
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Ladysmith, Canada
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“One of Vancouver Island's Best Kept Secrets!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Newcastle Island is a must visit if you are looking for a memorable day trip or weekend away. The island itself offers a nice cleared path for hikers, lovely beach, very affordable restaurant with delicious meals and clean scenic camping spots to pitch your tent. There are wedding facilities, showers, and a gallery depicting some of the islands history to add to the list of things to do on this beautiful little piece of paradise .

Visited June 2012
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Nanaimo, Canada
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“Kayaking heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Lots of interesting things to see around the island by water, and great walking/hiking trails - good camping facilities. I enjoyed a kayak club paddle around the island with a stop at the cook shack for lunch. SO nice to have heated washroom facilities available on a cool day! Great hospitality for our May weekend camping event. Beautiful

Visited January 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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28 reviews
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“A Must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

If you love nature this is for you. Take the ferry boat at $11.00! trail that goes around the island. Beautiful views. Also, a lake on the inside of park. Camping is inexpensive here.

Visited November 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Bring your Tent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

low tide walk to dingy dock pub! place is magical! Camp, tons of walks, great beaches.... definitely one of the best things to do in Nanaimo

Visited July 2012
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Ladysmith, BC
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76 reviews
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“Newcastle Island Provincial Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The island park has a very unique history. When I was younger my parents attended parties in the pavilion. Later I took school groups there for island tours and camping. It's a large park with a great trail around the periphery as well as several trails throughout the centre. The history varies from unique coal mining days to a story of a murderer buried at Kanaka Bay. The kayaking is also first-class. You can easily circumnavigate the island. On a low tide you can actually walk to Protection Island, but be careful planning your trip back. Nonetheless, a ferry system works both islands. Great camping, great hiking, wonderful history and fun kayaking!

Visited August 2012
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