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.
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.
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.
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
- 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.
and Boating - Salmon
fishing in the surrounding water may prove rewarding. Waterskiing
is permitted in the Nanaimo Harbour.
and Trails - Trails provide access to all areas of the island. Desigated
bike trails are provided.
a concession located in the park where visitors can rent recreational
Information & Services
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