Snuneymuxw First Nations’ Petroglyph Development Group reveals bold new vision for Nanaimo’s Saysutshun – Newcastle Island
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 connect with 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. It
also 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 potential for Saysutshun to connect the region and visitors to Snuneymuxw history and culture in a much greater 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 to create vast economic opportunities throughout our community. As the regional accommodation association, 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 billion in 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