Protection Island Real Estate

Protection Island is a rare and beautiful kind of place; it's rare because it's a little island (170 acres) 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 15 minutes by canoe, 10 minutes for a kayak, or 5 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

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Walk On Waterfront W/ Guest Suite! Panoramic Oc...

Photo of Listing #465723

$869,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 3,594 ft²

Single Family

192 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #465723

Walk On Waterfront W/ Guest Suite! Panoramic Ocean & Mntn Views Welcome You From This 5 Bdrm, 4 Bthrm Home On Protection Island! You'll Love This Island Paradise As You Relax Watching The Water & The Abundant Wildlife. This Stunning Setting Offers The Lifes...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises And Sunsets From Thi...

Photo of Listing #470485

$525,000 Active

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

Single Family

204 Colvilleton Trail, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #470485

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

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

A Fairy Tale House! This Magical Cottage (or Pe...

Photo of Listing #470316

$524,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 1,932 ft²

Single Family

180 Pirates Lane, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #470316

A Fairy Tale House! This Magical Cottage (or Permanent Home) Could Be Straight Out Of A Storybook! Home Is Where The Heart Is - And I'm Sure That Most Of Us Would Easily Fall In Love With This Special Place- And Leave Our Old Homes Behind, For This One -in ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

This Amazing Island Home Was Architecturally De...

Photo of Listing #464659

$475,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 1,272 ft²

Single Family

19 Captain Kidds Terrace, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464659

This Amazing Island Home Was Architecturally Designed & Built To A Leed Platinum Designation. From The Birch Panel Walls To The Solid Maple Floors, All The Finishings Exude Quality & Warmth. Arriving Through The Custom Made Cedar Gate, You Enter Into The Gr...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Here's An Opportunity To Build Your Island Drea...

Photo of Listing #468114

$189,900 Active

  • 0.22 Acres

Lots/Acreage

190 Colvilleton Trail, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #468114

Here's An Opportunity To Build Your Island Dream Home On One Of The Most Unique Islands In Canada. This Lot Is On A Quiet Road With Lots Of Sun (south-west Exposure). It's Perfectly Situated To Capture A Panoramic Ocean/city View Of Nanaimo From The 2nd Flo...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

New Price! This Property Faces South, Directly ...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #468355

$154,900 Active

  • 0.28 Acres

Lots/Acreage

85 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #468355

New Price! This Property Faces South, Directly Across From A Beach Access Trail. One Of The Largest Interior Lots On Protection Island. Level And Dry With Beautiful Douglas Fir And Maple Trees. A Great Location To Build Your Vacation Home Or Permanent Resid...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

Zoned R3, This Fantastic Building Lot Is In One...

Photo of Listing #468668

$149,900 Active

  • 0.22 Acres

Lots/Acreage

27 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #468668

Zoned R3, This Fantastic Building Lot Is In One Of Protection Islands Quietest Corners. Ultra Private, With A Flat Building Spot On A Level Lot, Just A Perfect Rise Above The Road, Enough So That No One Can Look In When They Walk By From The Street. This Sp...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Lot Is Across The Street From The Best Sand Bea...

Photo of Listing #470971

$132,000 Active

  • 0.21 Acres

Lots/Acreage

103 Captain Morgans Blvd, Protection Island, BC

MLS® #470971

Lot Is Across The Street From The Best Sand Beach On The Island And The Community Garden. The First Picture Is The View From The Lot. Protection Is Only 10 Minutes From Downtown Nanaimo And Has City Water And Sewer To The Lot Line. Easy Lot To Build On. Hyd...

Team 3000 Realty Ltd. (Van2)

Protection Island Homes

In the past few years, Protection Island real estate has seen an increase in value commensurate with the general trends of the region. 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 and sewer, 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.

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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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