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End of work day retreat
The home was exactly as promised and well located to the city centre. We were able to enjoy the home and the well appointed kitchen. Daryl ensured we had everything we needed and made sure we understood all the facilities. The furnishings spoke well to the tradition of an older home. I would look forward to staying again.
Great family reunion
Four families came together with different needs and desires and it all worked well at this lovely Nanaimo location. The property manager was especially helpful and polite and responsive.
Great house in the centre of it all
Perfect location. Helpful staff. Clean. Well stocked with everything you need. Would absolutely recommend!
Beauty on the water
A beautiful historic home, incredibly well maintained and appointed. A wonderful place to stay. We will definitely be back.
Quality vacation lodging with attention to detail. Very responsive to requests
Beautiful and comfortable!
The host was very welcoming and the house is a beautiful, nicely remodeled piece of history. We loved it!
Incorporated in 1874, Nanaimo has a population of about 85,000. It's centrepiece, the old Hudson's Bay Fort, was built in 1853 and today anchors the harbour front area which has restaurants, two marinas, and shops, all with beautiful vistas of the two islands which help form the harbour. The fort's cannon is fired, with a musical backdrop of the pipes being played, at noon-time daily. The downtown is really an extension of this area and very convenient for browsing, coffee stops, lunching, enjoying a micro-brew, and so on. In summer, countless yachts and sailboats stop by at Nanaimo, many of which anchor a week and dot the harbour.
Nanaimo is connected to the mainland by two BC Ferries terminals; by seaplanes from both downtown Vancouver and Vancouver's international airport area; by scheduled land flights to Nanaimo's own international airport located about 15 minutes south of the city; and highway travel from Victoria.
It has several large shoppping centres within a 10 minute drive from Newcastle House (one of which is less than 5 minutes drive away and has a walk-in medical clinic). Fresh seafood, with dungeness crab, spot prawns, and halibut being especially prized, is easily available as is all that is necessary for barbeques.
Nanaimo has a number of restaurants, several of which are located downtown and in the nearby Old Quarter, and others scattered within 10 minutes' drive. Western Canada-famous White Spot is only a 3-4 minute walk away from The House!
Nanaimo has its very own university, Vancouver Island University, and within is the Culinary Institute which has over the years made itself a very credible international reputation. Catering can be arranged with them. The city also has a large ice arena and aquatic centre, one adjacent to the other; Bowen Park, with its very own waterfall and lovely forest trails,as well as an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts, is situated right in the middle of the city and very close by to The House.
Additionally, the city offers a myriad of activities. A popular natural-setting bungee jump and zipline activity centre is not far away as well as river, lake, and ocean swimming holes offering a refreshing dip. The Nanaimo Golf Club is a few minutes away from The House by car and there are several other golf courses within driving distance. There is kayaking, canoeing, sailing, hiking, and picnicking to one's heart's content! Fishing and touring boat charters are also readily arrangeable and in the winter, there is fantastic skiing and snowboarding on nearby Mount Washington.
Nanaimo also offers one of the world's top scuba diving areas, just on the outside of the two islands circling the harbour and enhanced by a couple of artificial reefs. For intrepid hikers, the 1,019 metres-high Mount Benson provides a full day's hiking and climbing with an absolutely gorgeous view of the Georgia Strait (or Salish Sea) and beyond to the coast mountain range and a panoramic view of Mount Baker.
Last but not least, Nanaimo is a very good base from which to explore central Vancouver Island. For example, to the south the Duncan/Cowichan Valley area is now well-known for the dozen or so wineries and the availability of locally-grown foods; Chemainus with its world-famous wall murals is 20 minutes or so away and charming Victoria is an hour and a half drive that can be made into a one-day trip. To the north there are several Provincial Parks like Englishman's River and Little Qualicum as well as the Cathedral Grove Park with its giant, hundreds of years-old trees; the always popular Coombs Market with the family of goats living on its roof; the pretty seaside villages of Parksville and Qualicum; and the Horne Lake caves for the spelunking crowd; and with a little more effort even the salmon capital of the world - Campbell River, and Tofino - a surfing, beachcombing and whale-watching destination, are within reach of a day's trip.
The piece-de-resistance has to be Nanaimo's very own Newcastle Island Provincial Park - right there in front of Newcastle House. It is accessed by a small passenger-only (bicycles can be taken on board) ferry that departs every hour from a jetty a few minutes' walk away. This island, about 8 kilometres in circumference, is enjoyed by walking its many trails and swimming at its several sandy or pebble beaches. It even has its very own small lake/lagoon! It is also a popular place for camping and cycling. Newcastle Island is Mother Nature at her best and it is right there in front of you!