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post_nanaimo_newcastle_protection_mapEnjoying an evening out paddling by the light of the full moon around Newcastle Island and Protection Island, near Nanaimo.

Newcastle Island is a significant place utilized by the Snuneymuxw people for thousands of years and traditionally known as Saysutshun, Newcastle Island is a wondrous escape from the bustling urban center of Nanaimo just across the harbour. Alongside the strong First Nations presence and culture on the island, it is also home to many rich histories which include coal mining, a sandstone quarry, and herring salteries, all of which make Newcastle Island a must-see eco-tourism destination for those visiting Nanaimo.

Take a walk through history on part of the 22km trail system, stop by the Pavilion for a snack, bike or kayak around the island for a unique way to tour, or escape and spend a night or two in seclusion at one of the island’s camp sites.

Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park is located a short boat (water taxi) ride across the Nanaimo Harbour.


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