Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park

Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Accessible by boat, this park offers hikers agreeable trails past harbor and ocean viewpoints including sandstone ledges, an assortment of beaches, and a rich island history. Within range of Nanaimo Harbor, the island gets its name from the British coalmining town of Newcastle. Once the setting of a sandstone quarry, this popular boater’s destination offers hikers views of Nanaimo Harbor and Departure Bay on one side and windswept ocean views of Gabriola Island on the other.
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by Shannon & Lissa Cowan (Falcon Guides)

Accessible by boat, this park offers hikers agreeable trails past harbor and ocean viewpoints including sandstone ledges, an assortment of beaches, and a rich island history. Within range of Nanaimo Harbor, the island gets its name from the British coalmining town of Newcastle.

Once the setting of a sandstone quarry, this popular boater’s destination offers hikers views of Nanaimo Harbor and Departure Bay on one side and windswept ocean views of Gabriola Island on the other.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nanaimo
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 162 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best May to September
Local Contacts: BC Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park

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May 2018