Saysutshun ‘ready to see the masses’ ahead of expected summer season | NanaimoNewsNOW

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Passenger ferry service begins Friday, April 29 and will continue Thursday through Sunday until May 15, when seven-day-a-week crossings will begin.

Boats leave Maffeo Sutton Park up and down the hour from 9 am to 4 pm, with return trips from Saysutshun departing at 3 and 45 pm on the clock.

The seven-minute journey serves thousands of people each year.

“We usually put just over 20,000 people a year on and off the island with our ferry service, plus another 20,000 to 35,000 people a year visit Saysutshun via their own ships, whether of a cruiser yacht, kayak or log. with a paddle.

Saysutshun has 18 campsites, five additional group sites plus a 60-berth marina and over 40 mooring buoys right off the island for free use during the day or overnight mooring for a small fee.

A 200-seat pavilion, a concession as well as bicycle and kayak rentals are also offered.

The island itself also bears a rich history with the Snuneymuxw First Nation and was officially renamed Saysutshun in 2021.

“It gives us the opportunity to offer a unique look at the history of this island and the people who occupied it,” Clark said. “We offer weekend cultural activities where you can take a guided tour and learn about some of the stories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the history of the island.”

In addition to Indigenous settlements, Saysutshun has also been the site of significant coal mining as well as a Japanese-owned herring salt cellar in its history, according to Clark.

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