Visit Newcastle Island

Welcome to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

"Welcome to Saysutshun - Au' si:em siyeyu"

Traditionally known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw people, this family friendly marine provincial park is only accessible by foot passenger ferry or boat.

Located within Nanaimo's Harbour it is a breathtaking place with spectacular panoramic views of the Harbour City and Coast Mountains.

Where do I park my car? At Maffeo Sutton Park, 150 Comox Rd (3 hrs FREE - $1 each add'tl hour - $7 for 12 hrs)
FREE M-F 5pm to 8am
FREE all day Saturday and Sunday
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Contact Us!

Camp – Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and, your warm campfire while you camp with your friends, family or large group at the beautiful oceanside Newcastle Island campground.  All the facilities are within walking distance.  Come stay with us up to 14 days when our season opens on May 1 each year.  Wood is available for purchase and potable water and showers are available. Reserve your campsite here.  

Hike or Bike - on one of the many trails with panoramic views. Take a tour!

Kayak - around the Island but be sure to come enjoy the many amenities the Island has to offer.

Explore - tidal pools and beaches, forest ecology or one of the many historic sites including Snuneymuxw village sites, sandstone quarries, fish saltery sites, and coal mine sites.

Swim- at various locales around the island including sandy Kanaka Bay or Midden Bay, or pebble beaches at Brownie Bay and Mark Bay.

Replenish - refuel after a busy day exploring the Island at the Newcastle Island Cafe located in the restored 1930s teahouse in the dance pavilion and enjoy a cafe meal or snack.  Serving burgers, wraps, veggie burgers and more!  Open May - September. The cafe is open 7 days a week.

Celebrate - host your wedding or special event at the Pavilion and enjoy full services and amenities including meals by our catering partner Chef for up to 250 people.  Click on Book Your Special Event.

Tour - Newcastle Island offers several interpretive tours for individuals or groups:

1.   Walking Tour (By reservation only from September onward)

2.   Salmon BBQ and Walking Tour (By reservation only)

3.   Naturalist Tour (By reservation only)

1.   Walking Tour

Begins at the Totem Pole where an experienced Snuneymuxw guide will talk about the Snuneymuxw First Nations history and its uses for Newcastle Island. You will hear beautiful stories of the past that have been handed down from generation to generation. After the traditional story telling you will be led on an easy nature walk where you will learn of traditional medicines that the Snuneymuxw people still use to this day. The tour is approximately 1.5 hours.

Scheduled cultural tours are finished for 2016, Naturalist tours may be available with advance booking and minimum 8 people until Thanksgiving.

Cost Adults $10.00; $5.00 children 17 and under; under 5 years old are free. (Cash, Debit or Credit Card)

2.   Salmon BBQ Tour

Begins at the Totem Pole where you will enjoy the regular tour of storytelling and a nature walk. Once the tour is over, you will enjoy eating a traditionally cooked BBQ salmon at the BBQ fire pit. The Snuneymuxw chef will take you through the process of cooking traditionally and speak of the teachings handed down through the generations of cooking the sockeye salmon. The tour is approximately 1.5 hours plus additional time to enjoy your meal.

Pre-booking required.  Minimum of 12 people required and maximum of 50 people per tour.

Includes Salmon, baked potatoes, salads, traditional baked bread and drinks.

3.   Naturalist Tour

Begins at the Totem Pole where your guide will meet you and lead you through an informative walking tour of the Island. With this combined knowledge of natural marine, wildlife and plants and traditional teachings you will learn how the Snuneymuxw people lived and used the Island over the generations including the natural beauty of the Island today.  This tour is great for all ages. With a more instructional focus, it has been beneficial for school groups and others wanting to learn more about Newcastle Island. The tour is 1.5 hours.

Pre-booking required.  

Cost Adults $10.00; $5.00 children 17 and under; under 5 years old are free

Please email for more information about any of the tours.



Newcastle Island is located in Nanaimo Harbour, just minutes away from Nanaimo.  The Island is accessible by Protection Island Ferries, leaving from Maffeo Sutton Park, downtown Nanaimo.

2017 SCHEDULE (please see bottom of the page for a PDF version of the ferry schedule)

o    The Ferry Service will run 10:00 am - 5:00 pm until May 31, 2017.
o    The Ferry Schedule and Departure Locations are subject to change.

Peak Season: June 1 – September 15 | 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Sunday to Saturday Sailings every half hour

Shoulder Season: September 16 – October 15 | April 10 – May 30 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Sunday to Saturday Sailings every half hour

Low Season: October 16 – March 31 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Sunday to Saturday Sailings every hour

Ferry Fees (Roundtrip):

Snuneymuxw First Nation Members ride for FREE

General Admission - applies adults, seniors, and children are $5.00. Children 2 years old and younger are free.

20 Passes - $ 80.00

Pets - $ 1.00 each

Bicycle - $ 2.00

Luggage - $ 1.00 per piece

Special Event Booking - please contact

Please download the full schedule below.

Click here for a directions and Map of Maffeo Sutton Park



A year-round self-registration cash only box is set up to pay for boat moorage at Mark Bay.

Boat moorage is set up as a first-come first-served basis and is available year round.  Please note that we do not reserve dock space. 

You can moor your vessel for a maximum of 14 days in several ways:

Mark Bay on the dock -  Rates are $2.00 per boat length meter per night.  Please pay at the self-registration box.
Mooring buoys -  Rate is $14.00 per night.  These mooring buoys maximize the use of Mark Bay for recreational vessels and provide secure moorage while protecting the sensitive ecological values of the sea bed from dragging anchors.  Please pay at the self-registration box.


Newcastle Island - Nanaimo's Great Secret!


What do our visitors say?

“A little paradise”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed August 2016

The hike around the island is wonderful with views of old giant trees, beautiful beaches and fantastic views of Nanaimo skyline. Peaceful place to be with such a short boat ride from Nanaimo. Best yet, enjoy a sausage at the canteen after the hike - the best smokie we have had in a long time!

“Relaxing Getaway”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed August 2016

Just a short ferry ride from Nanaimo. Newcastle Island is a great little escape for the day. You can walk the entire Island in a few hours or spend the day at the beaches.

“a magical island”
[5 out of 5 stars] Reviewed 26 May 2015

Don't miss the chance to visit this magical island.Look for shell and sea life in the little tidal pools on the beach.Take a walk,enjoy the feeling on being an explorer.You will find interesting pieces of beachwood and shells

“I love this spot.”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 18 February 2015

This is a great place to spend a day with the kids, or just spend a day with nature. I love to take my grandkids and have a picnic. Lots to see, the kids love the boat ride over. You can also camp overnight.

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