Protection Island Real Estate

Protection Island is a rare and beautiful kind of place; it's rare because it's a little island right in the city's harbour, with no bridge leading to it. Imagine the result: a typical Georgia Strait island with tall forests and sandstone tidepools - waterfront homes, many of them quite affordable - only a 5-10 minute boat ride from downtown!

The catch? Access is by boat only. If that sounds totally awesome to you, then I'm really happy to tell you about Protection Island. I spent two amazing years on the Island, and would love to help you buy or sell a home there. Contact me or view Protection Island homes for sale below.

Kids running on the beach, Protection IslandIt's an extremely rare downtown waterfront property situation. Even though the island is "downtown", most areas are very quiet, the city noise being dulled by the thick forest that still covers most of the island. But you can take your canoe, skiff, kayak, yacht, or sailboat right into the downtown marina at any time. The crossing only takes ten or fifteen minutes for a kayak, and five minutes for a power boat. But you don't need a boat; the passenger ferry takes just ten minutes and it runs hourly.

Family oriented: This is very much a Gulf Island, which means that alongside the retirees and their fancy boats, there are also lots of young families. School-day ferry passage for the local kids is funded by the school board, and the island's floating pub also has a restaurant area for families. The island is a wonderful place for kids to grow up.

Protection Island Properties for Sale

8 Properties Found. Page 1 of 1

Exceptional Walk-on Waterfront Custom-built Hom...

Photo of Listing #437595

$990,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 4,035 ft²

Single Family

192 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #437595

Exceptional Walk-on Waterfront Custom-built Home On The East Side Of Protection Island. Enjoy Spectacular Views Of The Ocean, Mountains And Sunrise From The Open-concept Kitchen And Great Room. Entertain Family & Friends On The Large Deck And Watch Sailboat...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises And Sunsets From Thi...

Photo of Listing #433372

$585,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.35 Acres
  • 638 ft²

Single Family

204 Colvilleton Trail, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #433372

Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises And Sunsets From This Beautiful Waterfront Property. Located On Protection Island, This Well Maintained Modest Home Has A Bright Kitchen With Views Of The Harbour And Mountains, And A Cozy Living Room With A Wood Burning Stove And...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

Extremely Rare South West Facing Waterfront Lot...

Photo of Listing #436130

$525,000 Active

  • 0.48 Acres


161 Colvilleton Trail, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436130

Extremely Rare South West Facing Waterfront Lot! If You Have Been Waiting To Build Your Dream House On Ocean Front, & Love Sunshine- Here's Your Chance! Almost All Waterfront In Nanaimo Is North West Or North East Facing, So This Truly Is A Once In A Lifeti...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Ocean Front Property With Spectacular Ocean And...

Photo of Listing #437701

$509,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 500 ft²

Single Family

90 Pirates Lane, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #437701

Ocean Front Property With Spectacular Ocean And Mountain Views; Only 10 Minutes To Downtown Nanaimo. Cabin Is Connected To Nanaimo City Water And Sewer. High Speed Internet, Shaw Cable And Hydro. There Is A Fire Hydrant At The Edge Of The Lot. Large Lot (0....

Fair Realty (Nan)

Here's A Fantastic Opportunity To Build Your Fu...

Photo of Listing #440024

$449,000 Active

  • 0.24 Acres


212 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #440024

Here's A Fantastic Opportunity To Build Your Full Time Or Vacation Getaway Home On Beautiful Protection Island! This Waterfront Property Faces South East And Will Have Wonderful Sun Exposure For Most Of The Day. With Views Across To Gabriola Island You Will...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Escape From The City To This Beautiful Lot On P...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #437584

$149,000 Active

  • 0.26 Acres


69a Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #437584

Escape From The City To This Beautiful Lot On Protection Island!this Property Backs Onto Parkland, Is Tranquil & Forested And Has Great Potential For Ocean View. There Are Ocean Glimpses At Ground Level Which Would Be Enhanced From A First Or Second Storey....

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Gorgeous, Ready To Build Lot With Driveway Alre...

Photo of Listing #434191

$135,000 Active

  • 0.22 Acres


27 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #434191

Gorgeous, Ready To Build Lot With Driveway Already In Place. City Water Available, City Of Nanaimo Step-sewer Available, Hydro, Cable And Telephone Available For Hook-up. Quick Stroll To The Beach. Private Lot With View Of City Park In Your Backyard. Short ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Gently Sloping Site With Parkland Beyond, Locat...

Photo of Listing #438616

$118,000 Active

  • 0.22 Acres


83 Captain Morgans Blvd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #438616

Gently Sloping Site With Parkland Beyond, Located On The East Side Of Protection Island In A Quiet Neighbourhood With Established Homes. This Rural Setting Is An Exciting Opportunity To Build Your Dream Home Or Holiday Cottage. Protection Island Has Limited...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

Protection Island Homes

In the past few years, Protection Island real estate has become a very hot investment market. Yet the island's lifestyle is still coloured by those whose ancestors settled here, and nature-loving retirees, and hipster students with a passion for each morning's crossing by kayak, on their way to the university.

The home styles on the island are a hodge-podge of log homes, cottages, waterfront cabins, luxury homes, and crafty bungalows, scattered along the island's few (gravel) streets. The island is connected to the city's water supply, and has full power/hydro as well as phone and cable access.

Protection Island homes near the Gap separating the Island from Newcastle Island

Some views from Protection Island:

View of Nanaimo from Protection Island

View of Nanaimo across the harbour from Protection Island community docks.


There are some great parks here. Most people who daytrip to the island will ride over on the ferry or in their own watercraft, park at the floating Dinghy Dock Pub, and then decide whether to visit the pub/restaurant before or after they walk around the island.

Spyglass Lookout park, Protection Island

You can walk to Newcastle Island from Protection Island at low tide! In fact, planning to visit Protection at the lowest tides is a great idea, especially if you want to enjoy sunny weather at the very north or very south ends of the island. Did I mention I once swam to Protection Island?

Protection Island Location

Access to the island is either via your own boat, or by a little passenger-only ferry that runs from the marina near Port Place Mall.

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