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Protection Island

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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a walk after lunch

We took the little aqua ferry from Nanaimo harbour over to Protection Island for lunch at the pub... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Quiet and friendly

We spent an afternoon at protection island, walking down pirated-themed streets and enjoy the water... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the little aqua ferry from Nanaimo harbour over to Protection Island for lunch at the pub. Most people do not know you can do this but I highly recommend it. The ferry cost $7-$9 per person (round trip) and takes about 10 minutes...More

Thank 586teressab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an afternoon at protection island, walking down pirated-themed streets and enjoy the water views. There is only one business hear - Canada's only floating pub. It's a quiet and peaceful place but watch out for residents in their golf carts! Views to Nanaimo...More

Thank CalgaryScarlett
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I've been on the island quite a few times and really enjoyed it. It's actually a residential island with free standing cottages and summer houses on spacious lots, often with orchards in the back yards. Fruit is offered along side the roads in Summer time,...More

Thank 131travel123
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Had a great walk round here. Took the Dinghy Dock Ferry across and ha lunch at the Dingy Dock Pub. Met some lovely locals. Well worth a visit. Fabulous food served.

Thank gardstella
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you make it to Vancouver Island, then make sure you plan a day to take the little ferry over to protection. In fact, if you like to camp, there's some tenting sites over here. There's beautiful trails and you can get amazing views of...More

Thank Sher M
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful community just a ten minute passenger ferry ride from Downtown Nanaimo. Impossibly I visit without dreaming of what it would be like to live there. Fun to explore and the locals were super friendly. Watching everyone going about their days on golf carts was...More

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Catch the ferryboat at Nanaimo Harbour - it runs every half-hour during the day. It docks at the Dinghy Dock Pub, which is a popular spot for an evening tipple, especially in the summer. Aside from the pub thee is nothing commercial on the island....More

Thank 29carfrae
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This little island nestles in Nanaimo harbour and 'protects' the main harbour from the winds of the Pacific Ocean. . .and the Island could have served as a bulwark of first defense in WW II, had an attack occurred. To access Protection Island, locate the...More

7  Thank Clark C
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Protection Island forms part of Nanaimo harbor. This island is approximately 1 mile across. It can be reached by boat or ferry. There is a regular ferry service year round (approx. $9 CAD round trip) the ferry takes you to the first marine floating pub...More

Thank Rettmer
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had a fun ride over to the island on the little ferry, a delicious dinner at the PUB , and after that a walk around the island. It is a must do if it is good food and some fun . Wish I were...More

Thank Joanne T
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Adam E
Where do you park?
9 August 2016|
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Response from b2in1948 | Reviewed this property |
I mean pick us up.
Is there any accommodations on protection island?
1 December 2015|
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Response from Steve J | Reviewed this property |
None that I have seen. There may possibly be a B&B, but I saw no signs at the landing, so I doubt there is anything. There is plenty in Nanaimo, however.