Plan a Day Trip to Protection Island
Protection Island is perfect for a day trip from Nanaimo. It's a small Gulf Island that forms the eastern border of Nanaimo harbour. While it has seen development in recent years, it still retains the charm of yesteryear. We don't want to go too far back -- there's Gallows Point where the miscreants were dealt with. Numerous pocket parks dot the island. When the tide is out there are beaches to walk and tidepools for the kids to explore. Walking is encouraged with few motor vehicles. Many of the residents get around using electric golf carts. There are no stores or gas stations. A five minute ferry ride serves to separate you from the everyday.
To plan a day trip to Protection Island is easy. If you are taking Fido be sure to have him on a leash. Pack a picnic lunch and sunscreen. If you don't have your doggy friend with you, you can plan on lunch at the Dinghy Dock Pub, a quirky place right on the ferry float. Don't forget your camera.
The ferry trip itself is a five minute water excursion that runs about every hour until eleven at night.