Protection Island

" We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. "
Cesar Chavez 


Protection Island is a small beautiful island located in Nanaimo Harbour, just a 10 minute boat ride to downtown Nanaimo. Protection Island is home to 325 permanent residents. 

Part of the Gulf Islands, Protection Island was settled in the late 1800’s. The coal mines on the Island had mine tunnels that stretched out in to the Nanaimo Harbour. Protection Island was also home to the terminus for cruise ships in the early 1900’s. 

Today this quaint low key Island is strictly a residential community, home to an eclectic group of authors, artists, and musicians. Access is by a small privately owned passenger ferry. Residents get around the Island by walking or with golf carts. Protection Island is a great jumping off point for kayaking, fishing, or diving. There are hiking trails on Protection Island or you can walk across to Newcastle Island at low tide and explore the Newcastle Island Provincial Park. 

Protection Island has the modern conveniences one would expect in the city – water, sewer, hydro, phone, and high speed internet. There are no services on Protection Island with the exception of Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant, a museum, and a community centre. 

If you are considering calling Protection Island home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale on Protection Island.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Protection Island. 

While staying on Protection Island, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Protection Island has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week on Protection Island using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Protection Island community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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