Visit Saysutshun - Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

Welcome to Saysutshun (Au' si:em siyeyu), the Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park! Known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw First Nation people, Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is a family friendly park accessible by the Newcastle Island Ferry or boat. Located within Nanaimo's Harbour, the Island is breathtaking and unique offering a natural, historical and cultural experience for visitors.  With spectacular panoramic views of Snuneymuxw Territory, the Harbour City and Coast Mountains, activities on the Island include a 11+ kilometer adventure trail, playground, picnicking and other activities listed below.  The Island has many Snuneymuxw sacred village sites and historical sites underscoring the rich heritage of the Island.  Cultural programs and services offered on the Island are a Saysutshun Interpretive Tour and a Salmon BBQ.   Other popular services are the Saysutshun Bistro, docking, mooring, camping, showers and facility and park rental for special events.  Experience Saysutshun today!


At Maffeo Sutton Park, 150 Comox Rd (First 3 hours are FREE)


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 and take a break at the Giovando Lookout viewpoint.

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 Saysutshun Bistro located in the restored 1930's teahouse in the dance pavilion. ​Please note: the Saysutshun Bistro is closed from September 2017 to March 2018.

Celebrate - host your wedding or special event at the Pavilion and enjoy full services and amenities including catering by our partner The Grand Hotel for up to 250 people. Click here to book your event!


1.   Saysutshun Interpretive Walking Tour (by reservation or on select dates)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. Book your tour now or...

Cost is $20/person plus tax.

2.   Salmon BBQ (by reservation only)

Enjoy a traditionally cooked BBQ salmon at the BBQ fire pit. A Snuneymuxw chef will take you through the process of cooking salmon applying Snuneymuxw cultural practices and speak of the traditional teachings handed down through the generations of cooking the sockeye salmon. Your meal will include: Salmon, baked potatoes, green salad, fresh fruit, traditional baked bread and a drink. Pre-book at least three weeks in advance. Minimum of 20 people required.

​Cost is $30/person plus tax.



Accessing the beautiful Island of Saysutshun is made possible by the Newcastle Island Ferry Service which is owned and operated by Snuneymuxw First Nation and provides service between Maffeo Sutton Dock and Newcastle Island Dock.  The St. Anthony commercial vessel can carry camping equipment, pets, equipment and supplies and a maximum of 3 bicycles. Click here for a directions and Map of Maffeo Sutton Park.

Please Note: The Newcastle Island Ferry does not go to Protection Island. Please contact Protection Island directly for their ferry information.


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.

Contact Us for More Information!


PHONE:    (250) 802-0255


Experience Saysutshun - 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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FERRY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: We are pleased to announce our ferry is back in service!