Newcastle Island

Only a ferry ride away, beautiful Newcastle Island has always been right on our doorstep, and yet today was the very first time I visited it. To see as much as possible, I hiked the ‘Shoreline Trail’ all around the island, only deviating from it to explore the little coves and beaches. Here are some photos:

Here’s the ‘welcoming pole’, greeting visitors with open arms:

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Setting out on the trail I looked back to where I came from, you can see nearby Nanaimo on the horizon:

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The trail sticks pretty close to the sea in most places:

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Coming up on Tanaka Bay:

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In Tanaka Bay I walked out over the floodplain that was exposed by the low tide. I found these raccoon prints and followed them.

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After 5 minutes of tracking, I found the raccoons themselves, just returning from the shallows with a tasty spider crab:

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This raccoon was just a little guy, he wasn’t sure what to do when he saw me:

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As always, the weather was picture perfect:

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From Giovando Lookout, I could see our house:

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I saw lots of purple starfish on the beach:

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Near Tyne Point, I saw another raccoon:

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When he saw me he quickly hid in a crevice:

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Minutes later my way was blocked by a deer:

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Unlike the raccoon, the deer was fearless:

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Further down the trail, more raccoons:

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After about 10 km I could finally see the end of the trail, on the other side of Mark Bay:

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What a beautiful day and what a beautiful little island, if time allows I might just return before we leave BC next week!

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