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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  • Great food and great people and great prices and very nice atmosphere i will come back again very soon  more »
  • 3km walk around the island. This is a nice area to get away from the City of Nanaimo. Beautiful beaches,easy trail access, accidentally found the old coal mine.( area was blocked though).  more »
  • This island is entirely park. There is a small walk on ferry from Nanaimo and once there you have access to walking or biking trails, beautiful beaches and walk-in campsites as well as a quarry where ...  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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