Ferry Schedule & Fees

Ferry service to Saysutshun has been suspended indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Saysutshun Ferry Service

If you don’t have your own watercraft, then accessing the island by ferry is an easy, convenient and affordable alternative. The Saysutshun Ferry runs from Maffeo Sutton Park to the island dock.

The ferry ride provides a beautiful approach to the island and an excellent vantage point to see the sprawl of Nanaimo Harbour. Don’t forget your camera!

For general information regarding the Saysutshun Ferry please contact Mary
Phone:  250-816-0382
Email:  ferrycoordinator@petroglyphdg.com

Pets, Bikes & Camping Equipment

Your canine companion is most welcome on the island, but must stay on leash at all times. You are also encouraged to bring your bike, or camping equipment. There is a very nominal charge for these additional items.
Note: 
For safety reasons we will not carry motorized Bikes, motorized Wheelchairs, E-Bikes, Scooters, Cargo-Bikes, Trikes or Tandem Bikes on either ferry. 

Bikes and Kayaks are available for rental from “Spokes and Paddles”.  Visit their website at www.spokesandpaddles.com for more information.

Booking Large Groups

If you have a group of 12 or more people travelling at the same time, please contact Mary at ferrycoordinator@petroglyphdg.com to make reservations for the ferry.  Reservations must be made a minimum of 4 days prior to your event.

Ferry Fees

Category Price

  • Adult $7 Return
  • Senior $7 Return
  • Youth (13+) $7 Return
  • Child (12 and under) $5 Return
  • Toddler/Infant (2 and under) No Charge
  • Pets $1 each
  • Bicycle *(NO electric bikes allowed on Newcastle)* $2 each
  • Equipment & Supplies $1 each

Visa, MasterCard and Debit are accepted. (The captains do not carry cash.)

To make reservations* for the ferry (groups of 12 or more), please email Mary at ferrycoordinator@petroglyphdg.com.
* Reservations must be made a minimum of 4 days prior to the event.

Ferry Schedule

BC Parks has advised us of the decision to suspend services at Saysutshun (Newcastle) Island Marine Park. See "News" for more information.




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Peak Season 9am - 9pm

May 29, 2020 - September 7, 2020

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • 9:00 am
  • 9:30 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 1:30 pm - NO SAILING
  • 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 4:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • 5:30 pm
  • 6:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm
  • 7:00 pm - NO SAILING
  • 7:30 pm
  • 8:00 pm
  • 8:30* pm

Saysutshun / Newcastle Island Dock

  • 9:15 am
  • 9:45 am
  • 10:15 am
  • 10:45 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 11:45 am
  • 12:15 pm
  • 12:45 pm
  • 1:15 pm - NO SAILING
  • 1:45 pm
  • 2:15 pm
  • 2:45 pm
  • 3:15 pm
  • 3:45 pm
  • 4:15 pm
  • 4:45 pm
  • 5:15 pm
  • 5:45 pm
  • 6:15 pm
  • 6:45 pm
  • 7:15 pm - NO SAILING
  • 7:45 pm
  • 8:15 pm
  • 8:45* pm

* Last sailing

Shoulder Season 10am - 5pm

May 1, 2020 to May 28, 2020
September 8, 2020 to October 12, 2020

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm - NO SAILING
  • 1:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 4:30* pm

Saysutshun / Newcastle Island Dock

  • 10:15 am
  • 10:45 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 11:45 am
  • 12:15 pm
  • 12:45 pm
  • 1:15 pm - NO SAILING
  • 1:45 pm
  • 2:15 pm
  • 2:45 pm
  • 3:15 pm
  • 3:45 pm
  • 4:15 pm
  • 4:45* pm

* Last sailing

Low Season 03/20/20

Ferry service to Saysutshun has been suspended indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • The ferry is not running at this time

Saysutshun / Newcastle Island Dock

  • The ferry is not running at this time

* Last sailing