Newcastle Island, Nanaimo

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#1 of 21 in Parks in Nanaimo
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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  • We wandered around the island taking in the fresh sea breeze and dreamed about camping here. There were plenty of picnic shelters and some picturesque tenting spots. As this is a BC Park, be sure to m...  more »
  • Loved staying here! A good mix of camping with a bit of comfort of having a laundry facility. Beautiful campground, dreamy actually and the staff were super! We'll be back!  more »
  • We were enamored with our first sojourn to this idyllic island back in 2010. We had to return. The $5 dollar round boat shuttle is the best deal in Canada. It only takes 10 minutes from the mainland. ...  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit with friends and family alike. Great nature hike in the woods and by the ocean. It also has many camping spots.
  • Newcastle Island is a marine provincial park. It's located just off the coast of Nanaimo. You can get there by taking a small passenger ferry. Cost is $5.00 return. There are no cars on the island. The hiking trails are very scenic with lots of ocean and forest views. Newcastle Island has a rich history.
  • One of our most favourite places on the island. Our first date and camping experience was had on this island nearly five years ago and we went back a couple weekends ago for fun. We hiked around the entire island, which took about five hours with a few breaks, and scoured the beaches for treasures. During our day trip we saw lizards, owls, deer and bunnies. The trails were well kept and clean, not too strenuous though it was long and quite hot so we were sweating. It's a great place for the whole family.
  • A fun day trip
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