Protection Island, Nanaimo

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Protection Island is a small island located 1.5 km north-east of downtown Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. There are no paved roads on the little island. Some residents move about the island in golf carts, others with cars, but most walk. Locals frequently transport their groceries from the community dock with their own wheelbarrows. Access to the island can be via private vessel or a small, privately run ferry. Some residents also commute by kayak or rowboat as well.
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  • I went there to have some drinks at the pub but decided to walk around first. There are no pavement roads, not many cars, I would like to have a weekend getaway in this island, to disconnect from the ...  more »
  • 2 of us caught the ferry to the island and found everyone in the waiting room quite friendly whether they were residents or visitors. Dinner at the Dingy Dock was pub style, nothing too fancy, but goo...  more »
  • Dinghy Dock pub/restaurant was a great family fun atmosphere. The kids really enjoyed the fishing hole on the floating restaurant patio will give you the best views ever. The halibut and chips were de...  more »

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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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