Newcastle Island Provincial Park

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This marine park encompasses an island of 306 hectares where a shoreline of sandstone cliffs, with caves and caverns within, meets sandy gravel beaches. Douglas fir, arbutus, Garry Oak and dogwood trees cover much of the island.

There is evidence of two Salish Indian villages that were deserted before coal mining began on the island from 1853 to 1883. Sandstone was quarried here from 1869 to 1932. Until 1945 a Japanese fishing company had a saltery and shipyard on the west side of the island. The island was purchased in 1931 by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company who operated it as a resort and built a dance pavilion, tea house, picnic areas, change houses and a soccer field using an old ship as a floating hotel.


Newcastle Island is accessible by boat from Nanaimo. Ferries operate from the Mafeo-Sutton Park near the downtown. Berthing facilities and anchorage are available at Newcastle Island.


Camping - There are 18 tent sites available with toilets, wood and water nearby. Group camping facilities may be reserved. A playground and picnic area are located on the island.

Fishing and Boating - Salmon fishing in the surrounding water may prove rewarding. Waterskiing is permitted in the Nanaimo Harbour.

Hiking and Trails - Trails provide access to all areas of the island. Desigated bike trails are provided.

There is a concession located in the park where visitors can rent recreational equipment

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