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. Make Newcastle Island part of your personalized Nanaimo itinerary using our Nanaimo vacation builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    My plan - a little boat ride, a poke around - the reality: a 3-hour hike around the entire perimeter followed by a huge seafood chowder! There is one view more gorgeous than the next on this hike, and...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a great island to visit during your stay in Nanaimo . They is a old folklore of a white haired animal living on this island . Nice to walk around being a drink and snack with you .  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The island looks small on the map, but takes quite a while to walk around. Each part of the island is a little different from another part, so definitely plan to stay for more than 3 hours to give you...  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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