Newcastle Island, Nanaimo

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Spend the day traversing Newcastle Island while learning about the history and culture of the area through the ages. You can choose from a large number of walking and biking trails that wind over the island, but ask tourist agencies for trail maps before setting out. Picnic on the green lawns or down by the beach, where you can swim and sunbathe on relatively empty beaches. Learn about the Native Americans who once used the island for its fish. Take a look at our Nanaimo travel route app to schedule your visit to Newcastle Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A slow, 10 minute, ferry ride ($5 return) from Nanaimo takes you to this beautiful island. No cars, only a couple of residences and a few campsites occupy Newcastle island. There are several trails of...  more »
  • Park your car at 100 Comox Street in the 3 hour parking lot. Directly in front of the car park is a children's playground and the water. Walk to the water and the dock for the little ferry is there. T...  more »
  • This island is absolutely magic. It is a healing place, and has been for centuries, for the Snuneymuxw Nation and is very easy to understand why once one sets foot on it. There is a fabulous trail for...  more »

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Where to stay in Nanaimo

Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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