Perhaps you knew it as Newcastle Island, but this historical island off the coast of Departure Bay is changing it's name back to Saysutshun.

This look to the past is a historic step forward as the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced the change in 2021 to reflect the area’s Snuneymuxw First Nation heritage.

Saysutshun History & Name Change

Saysutshun was part of coal mining and stone quarrying operations from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, but before then it was enjoyed for its connection to nature. 

Part of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Traditional Territory, they called the island Saysutshun — which means “training for running” — due to its place as a training ground for warriors. 

Now, a look around Saysutshun wouldn’t reveal anything drastically different. Hikers, bikers and runners still use this small island to get some exercise and enjoy the natural beauty and incredible scenery afforded here. 

Are you interested in living close to all this history? Check out our available townhomes and condos in Departure Bay, just minutes away from Saysutshun.

How To Get To Saysutshun

Getting to Saysutshun is easy for Departure Bay homeowners, with affordable seasonal ferries heading to the island depending on the time of year. 

For those that own their own boat, however, they can head to this peaceful place year round, with 50 moorage spots available for a fee.

Things To Do On Saysutshun

This historical island offers lots of opportunities for things to do. As previously mentioned, physical activities such as hiking, biking and running are common, as you can get around the whole island in about two and a half hours. 

Camping is a common activity on Saysutshun as well, with first come, first serve campgrounds available to really settle in to the beauty of the area, cosy up around a campfire and maybe even tell some of the local ghost stories of local Saysutshun legends.


Life in Departure Bay real estate makes it easy to get to Saysutshun for a day trip or a weekend camping getaway. 

Contact Carly Carey to see how you can take advantage of some of the finest real estate on the west coast. Whether you’re looking for Departure Bay townhomes, condos or more, Carly Carey is your expert for Vancouver Island properties.

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