Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
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Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park. Known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw First Nation people, this family friendly park is accessible only by foot passenger ferry or boat. With breathtaking views of the Coastal Mountains and the Harbour City, the island offers a unique natural, historical and cultural experience for visitors. Come discover for yourself why the island has had a special place
Duration: More than 3 hours
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whirleybennett
Cochrane, Canada15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited this park some years ago (it has a new name now) and there wasn't much there then, but we enjoyed it. This time we walked along poorly maintained trails to see the old mine site and there were virtually no signposts to tell you which way to go, let alone any information or interpretive signs, which I think there had been ten years ago. It could have been made much more of as the island has some interesting history but was disappointing to say the least. Don't expect much in the way of food or drink either, unless you want to pay $9 for a hot dog. The best part of the experience was the short ride over (and back) on the ferry.
Written July 29, 2022
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Roxy H
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is our first part of marina reviews we will be doing this trip . Nice open yet protected harbour , Nanaimo is a great stop for provisioning , shopping or exploring . Newcastle island is amazing to walk around and explore , downtown Nanaimo so close offers great shopping all within walking distance . Marina is basic but we have truly enjoyed it . Showers could be hotter but thats our only complaint other then maybe a bit of party scene on weekends . highly recommend Nanaimo and this marina
Written May 7, 2022
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diabow_10
Calgary, Canada83 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Rude, aggressive, disrespectful woman staffing the ferry dock on Nanaimo side today when I, a senior lady alone, approached the empty dock to meet my son and his wife who were moored as paying customers off Newcastle. She yelled at me "HEY YOU, GET BACK HERE". THIS DOCK IS PRIVATE, YOU CAN'T GO DOWN THERE, IT IS OUR DOCK". I walked back, mortified and started to explain that my local family were paying customers with the yacht on their mooring ball but she interrupted and ordered me to use the public dock further down the harbor. She then waved my son down in his dinghy and rudely shouted that he could not come alongside the empty dock. You can be sure we will never recommend this tourist destination as long as it is managed and operated by the existing staff.
Written August 5, 2020
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islandholidaymaker
Vancouver Island, Canada321 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
I love Newcastle island, pretty, serene and full of lovely wildlife. The bistro open on the island was a big disappointment. Not enough staff for the demand, scrambled eggs for the breakfast was made from some reconstituted material, absolutely awful. They had run out of many staple items and both meals that came out were quite horrible.
The server was pleasant and apologetic.
We witnessed an argument between a customer and a man in charge and it was unpleasant to watch, in front of all the diners, the customer was unhappy about the service and it seemed the man in charge was arguing instead of apologizing.
Distancing was hard despite the server wearing a mask. The management were not.
A real disappointment as it can be so lovely to go there and eat. I wont be back.
Written July 19, 2020
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Mae J
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A great place to go for a walk, picnic, camping. When we’re on our sailboat, we like to tie up to their dock. Fees are reasonable. We never get tired of walking around the island. The park officials keep the grounds well maintained. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions.
Written October 6, 2019
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atreefarmer
Nanaimo, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This island requires either your own boat or a ferry ride to get there. Lots of history on the island. The trails are well maintained. There are lots of great views too.
Written September 3, 2019
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1228RKS2014
Nanaimo, Canada34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A must visit for both locals and visitors. I was very surprised to see NCI was listed as only #44 of 58 things to do in Nanaimo, thinking it should be in the top ten. It is a short ferry ride over yet you feel like you are miles away. Being a small island you can enjoy the well marked trails without having to worry about getting lost;))....or running into bear or cougar. They say it is a 3 hour hike around the perimeter trail but to take in the views or have snack stops along the way allow 4 or 5 and enjoy this peaceful island. There is no need to bring your bike over as only the shorter inside trail is open to cyclists. There is a bike and kayak rental hut if you are so inclined. I would bring a picnic and swimsuits as there are a couple great quiet swimming spots to enjoy the day.
Written September 3, 2019
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pudman43
Surrey, Canada452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We've been a few times to Newcastle Island now, but it never fails to captivate us. Great little ride (about 7 min) over in a small boat (holds about 20?), for a small fee (price is 'return', so once you're there, you get back w/o further fee). Especially during the summer peak, the boats are constant and you'll never feel like you have to wait around for the next one. They leave from Maffeo Sutton Park, on the Nanaimo waterfront, a nice place to begin with. The walk/hike around Newcastle is about 90-120 min or so, and the views are spectacular, esp on the north side of the island when you get up a bit higher, and away from the city. There is a 'lodge' right near the dock side, so once you've 'earned a treat', you can grab a bite, or an ice cream, etc. Do this, you won't be sorry!!!!!!!!
Written August 25, 2019
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cloosh
Courtenay, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
New this island existed just off the city of Naniamo, but had no idea it was a Provincial Marine Park. Went there on a hot afternoon via a small boat ferry from the trendy water front area of Naniamo. $8 for the return trip, and you are dropped off at the Marine jetty on the island, with a cluster of visitors docked there with their yachts and motor cruiser life aboards. We enjoyed a 5 kilometer walk on the Salish Sea coast side of the island, and were impressed with the cleanliness of the place, given that a long weekend had just ended and there was not a scrap of paper, or dumped pop can to be seen. 10 points for Griffindor and those who look after the place. There is a camp ground wonderfully spaced out in open tree meadows, for those who want to walk in, pit toilets, and water at a few taps. The scenery and peace of the place is great with tree meadows and open spaces. Plenty of beaches to be explored and strange rock formations. Even at my age, I would have no hesitation of camping in this well looked after park. One of those places where it makes you feel good to be alive!
Written August 7, 2019
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