A bold new vision for Nanaimo’s Saysutshun – Newcastle Island

A bold new vision for Nanaimo’s Saysutshun – Newcastle Island

The Snuneymuxw First Nation’s economic development corporation – Petroglyph Development Group – has created a bold new vision for Saysutshun – Newcastle Island that will see improved access, new amenities and an immersive Indigenous tourism experience.

The new business plan, to be announced this week, is a multi-year approach that aims to build stronger connections between Saysutshun and the greater Nanaimo community.

The sacred village, located only minutes by water taxi from Nanaimo, B.C., has long  been a natural refuge of spiritual and physical healing. Today, it’s a place where visitors can connectwith Canada’s Indigenous Peoples while enjoying an escape from everyday city

living.Future development plans include a new Welcome & Adventure Centre, a restaurant  serving Indigeno us-inspired fare, a special events space, amphitheatre, and 18 additional campsites. Italso features a 20,000-square-foot longhouse to showcase Indigenous traditions.

“Our goal is  to create a multifaceted destination that will appeal to visitors throughout B . C. and internationally and support reconciliation and educational efforts with the public” said ErralynThomas, President of Petroglyph Development Corporation. “We are excited with the potentialfor Saysutshun to connect the region and visitors to Snuneymuxw history and culture in a muchgreater way.”

Dan Brady, President of the Nanaimo Hospitality Association, welcomes the enhancements and the increased attention the region will receive. “The Saysutshun vision has the potential tocreate vast economic opportunities throughout our community. As the regional accommodationassociation, we are excited to be a part of such a significant initiative.”

The Aboriginal tourism industry is a rapidly growing sector in B.C., estimated to reach $65 billionin revenue by 2020.

Visitors to Saysutshun today can explore its 22 km trail system, stop by the bistro for a meal, enjoy kayaking or biking, or stay overnight at one of the island’s 23 campsites. The marina is complete with mooring buoys and docks to accommodate vessels for day and overnight visits.

Petroglyph Development Corporation is partnering with Nanaimo Hospitality Association to host the new business plan launch event on Friday, April 13. The improvements to Saysutshun is supported by BC Parks and also advances all seven of the City of Nanaimo’s social, economic and environmental goals to be a sustainable city, outlined in the Official Community Plan.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Erralyn Thomas, 250-740-1654 or erralynt@snuneymuxw.ca

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