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You will not find any traffic issues on the island. They have gold carts to travel around, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Deb F
Turner Valley, Canada
Nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of Nanaimo!

We took the small and rather primitive ferry boat from the waterfront, we did have to wait 45... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will not find any traffic issues on the island. They have gold carts to travel around, and people do take their bikes. Good place to walk the trails and be one with nature. Make sure you bring your gear, as there is no real...More

Thank Deb F
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We took the small and rather primitive ferry boat from the waterfront, we did have to wait 45 minutes for the next one, but well worth the wait, we arrived at protection Island and went to the restaurant, and since we had children with us...More

Thank neilm18
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Protection Island was such a sweet escape, a real different flavour of life without cars whizzing about. We loved our vacation rental place -- Ahoy Guesthouse! The hosts were fabulous, there were bikes available to use and LOADS of toys which made our kids over...More

2  Thank GinetteJ4
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Not a bad way to fill in a couple of hours in Nanaimo. Little ferry ride gets you some interesting views of the city. The walk around the island is pretty gentle and it is certainly a unique place with a crazy variety of little...More

2  Thank KevinsFamilyof5
Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a lovely island with walking trails and beautiful views. Quiet and serene. Makes for a wonderful Sunday walk. The ferry ride is short and really a lot of fun.

Thank J T
Reviewed 4 February 2018

You can take the dingy dock ferry over from Nanaimo to Protection island. There is a great pub on the island. Kids are welcome. We have also kayaked to the island. The island is small enough to walk around in an hour or so. Fun...More

1  Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Boyfriend and I spent a night at an Airbnb on Protection Island for our anniversary. Everyone we met was so friendly, and the island is beautiful. Cute little place to get away to together for some quiet and alone time.

Thank Keah R
Reviewed 19 October 2017

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 city rush. Highly recommended if you...More

Thank Ambar S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

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 good atmosphere and great setting

Thank W4126UMpeterd
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

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 delicious. Wall on the island a bit was a great time. Kids...More

3  Thank desirico
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29 August 2017|
Response from Allan & Amy T | Reviewed this property |
all the bikes on the island are privately owned therefore I presume you can bike the boat use to accomodate four bike racks,don,t know whether the ferry still along you to bring bike on the ferry or not,better check
Adam E
9 August 2016|
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Response from b2in1948 | Reviewed this property |
I mean pick us up.
2 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.