Newcastle Island Marine Park

Newcastle Island Marine Park is open all year.  They have moorage with 1500 feet of dock space, excellent washrooms and showers, no power.   Anchoring is prohibited in Mark Bay; 43 mooring balls are available for vessels 40′ and under (some limited to 30′).  A nightly mooring fee is paid onshore at the head of the dock.  Extensive anchorage is still available just beyond Mark Bay and the docks.  Several small bays, beaches, and playing fields.  Many hiking trails.  Walk-in campsites and picnic areas.  Seasonal kayak, canoe, SUP and bicycle rentals.  In summer a passenger ferry connects the island with Nanaimo.

The 1931 pavilion houses a dance floor, snack bar, visitor center, and excellent interpretive displays on the natural and human history of the area.

This is an extraordinary park.   The pulpstone quarry astonishes.  The bays and beaches intrigue, before European settlement, Newcastle Island was a summer campsite for First Nations people.  Since European settlement, it has supported a shipyard and been mined for coal.  In the early 1870s, it was quarried for pulpstones, giant cylinders that groundwood into pulp for making paper.  Before WWII, Japanese fishermen ran herring salteries here.  Through it all, Newcastle Island has been a popular holiday spot.

For more information visit our partner site Waggoner Cruising Guide.   For all your yacht provisioning and marina reservations call our main desk at 778-432-0477.   If you’re looking for a superyacht marina we accept 65′ to 180′ vessels.  Phone or book online to reserve your slip or book the ultimate yacht Rendezvous.