Ferry Info

Important Notices About the Ferry Operation

  • During July we will normally be running our larger ferry (maximum 20 passengers) from 10:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.  Our smaller ferry (maximum 6 passengers) will run outside of these hours.
  • We are not able to carry bicycles, bicycle trailers and large pieces of equipment and supplies on our smaller ferry.  If you are camping, please plan your trips to and from the Island when the larger ferry is on the water (10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
  • COVID-19 precautions are in place; while on board the ferry all passengers age 2 and over must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose.

Click here for complete details about our COVID-19 policies.


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:

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. 

Reservations for Groups of 12 or More 

Ferry reservations are available for groups of 12 or more travelling at the same time 

If you do have a group of 12 or more travelling at the same time and would like to set up a reservation please contact Mary at ferrycoordinator@petroglyphdg.com .  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
  • Payment Types: Debit, Visa and MasterCard - No Cash at this time

Visa, MasterCard and Debit are accepted. We are not accepting cash at this time.

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

The Concession is closed on Tuesday, August 4th; All ferry passengers age 2 and over must wear a face covering while on the docks and the ferry.

Peak Season Daily

August 4 to September 7, 2020

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:00 noon
  • 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 (Fri/Sat/Sun only)
  • * 6:30 pm (Fri/Sat/Sun only)

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
  • 1:45 pm - No Sailing
  • 2:15 pm
  • 2:45 pm
  • 3:15 pm
  • 3:45 pm
  • 4:15 pm
  • 4:45 pm
  • * 5:15 pm
  • 5:45 pm (Fri/Sat/Sun only)
  • * 6:15 pm (Fri/Sat/Sun only)

* Last sailing

Shoulder Season 08/01/20

September 8 to October 12, 2020
09/08 to 10/12 2020

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • This schedule will be posted at a later date

Saysutshun / Newcastle Island Dock

  • This schedule will be posted at a later date

* Last sailing

Low Season 03/20/20

September 8, 2020 to October 12, 2020

Maffeo Sutton Dock

  • This schedule will be posted at a later date

Saysutshun / Newcastle Island Dock

  • This schedule will be posted at a later date

* Last sailing