Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

 

The small Newcastle Island, located just a few hundred meters offshore from Nanaimo, has a long and intriguing history. This beautiful island with pebbly beaches and steep sandstone cliffs was originally occupied by the Coastal Salish people who left mounds of seashells – the middens – as evidence of their habitation. In the 19th century, the island was a site of a coal mine, and in the 1930s, it hosted a luxury resort complete with dance pavilion, soccer field, and a wading pool. The Pavilion has been restored and now offers theatre productions, dances, nature and history lectures, as well as food services during the summer months. There is no vehicle access to Newcastle island, and visitors arrive by a foot passenger ferry from Nanaimo or by a private boat. The campground includes 18 walk-in sites located in the forest within a 5 minute walking distance from the ferry dock. Visitors to this park can explore the rich history of the Newcastle Island by walking the numerous trails, which interlink the various points of interest within the park. The island boasts several sunny beaches, with calm waters making swimming, canoeing, and kayaking enjoyable activities.

Facilities

- Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water - - Playground Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 18, reservable: 0, nearest town: Nanaimo (10 min by ferry)

Additional Information

Location

Newcastle Island is accessible by boat only. Once you\'ve reached Nanaimo (mainland visitors can reach Nanaimo by ferry from Horseshoe Bay), take the foot passenger ferry for the 10 minute ride from Maffeo-Sutton Park, just north of downtown Nanaimo on Hwy 1. Please visit www.newcastleisland.ca for Newcastle ferry schedule and fees.

Private boat owners can tie up to the wharf or anchor at Mark Bay. Berthing facilities for more than 50 boats are available at the island. Boaters can reference marine chart #3447 (Nanaimo Harbour) for more information on this area.

Contact Information

Snuneymuxw First Nation
E-mail: admin@newcastleisland.ca
Phone: 250 754-7893
Fax: 250 754-7894

Camping Information

Fees

Walk/Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

Winter Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Mooring (to buoy) Fee: $10.00 per vessel / night.

Dock Facilities Use Fee: $2.00 per metre / night.

Operation Dates

This park is open for camping year round, but no amenities such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: April 1 – October 15.

Facilities

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in camping is allowed at 18 designated sites in the park. These sites are located in the forest, approximately a 5-minute walk from the dock. Food lockers are supplied to protect food from raccoons.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are 5 group campsites at this park, with picnic shelter, tables, fire rings, barbecues, fresh water, and pit and flush toilets. The group campsites are located within a 5-minute walk from the dock and are open all year, when accessible. Food lockers are supplied to protect food from raccoons. Please call 1-250-754-7893 for group camping, group picnicking and Pavilion reservations. Group Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. Winter Group Camping fee: $9.00 per party/night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a large day-use/picnic area with a playground, picnic tables, information shelter, swimming beach, toilets, horseshoe pits and a large grassy area. This popular day-use/picnic area is located at the entrance area to the park. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfire rings are provided at each individual and group campsite. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

Showers

Showers

There are coin operated hot showers in the toilet building, approximately 50 metres from the dock.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Water taps are shut off during the off-season.

Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground at this park.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a public wharf that can accommodate over 50 boats.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

The Pavilion, the toilet building and some trails are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Children will enjoy fishing from the wharf. Salmon fishing in nearby waters can be rewarding.

Hiking

Hiking

A well-developed 22 km trail system on Newcastle Island provides access to all locations on the island. These easy hiking trails lead from the dock and day-use area and link with other trails at various locations in the park.

Swimming

Swimming

Pleasant swimming can be enjoyed at Kanaka Bay and off of the dock area.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking in this park.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways, no bicycles are allowed on hiking trails.

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this park yet. Be the first one to share your experience!

User Images

This are no images for this park yet. Be the first one to share your experience!

 

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Local Trails

Local Trails

Local Accommodations

Add new:

Accommodations Nearby