Newcastle Island is Nanaimo Harbour’s feel-good place
Saysutshun in the Snuneymuxw Hul’qumi’num dialect means “training for running.”
For thousands of years, Newcastle Island to the Snuneymuxw people has been and is still Saysutshun, a place where competitive canoe pullers ran the island’s trails to build strength and endurance, where people collected medicinal herbs and a place where their people retreated to recover spiritually and emotionally from life’s traumas.
Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park – Saysutshun – was and is a ‘feel-good’ place, a jewel in Nanaimo’s harbour where a 10-minute ferry ride delivers nature seekers from the city’s noise and hectic pace and into an oasis of sun-warmed beaches and hiking trails through forests of Garry oak, maple, Douglas fir and arbutus, campgrounds and historic sites.
The waters surrounding Newcastle Island’s shores are a mecca for kayakers and scuba divers and each summer dozens of watercraft from B.C. and the U.S. Pacific Northwest tie up mooring buoys in the sheltered waters of Mark Bay or at the island’s docks.
Whether it’s a day excursion to the island, a weekend of camping, a family reunion or company picnic, the island has the amenities to ensure a pleasant stay, thanks in part to legacies from the Island’s 20th century history.
To learn more about what to see and do on Newcastle Island, please visit www.newcastleisland.ca.