Local Hikes: Saysutshun Island

When: Friday, Sep 22, 2023, 1:30PM - 6:30PM PST
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Saysutshun Island

Cultural Connections - Local Hikes 

Join Cultural Connections as we head outdoors and explore some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring, local hiking trails throughout the Fall semester. We have selected 6 hikes that are based out of Nanaimo. This program runs from September- October on Fridays from 1:30PM - 4PM. The cost to join is only $2.00, with the exception of our Saysutshun Island adventure - costing $18.00 due to the extended duration of the hike (overall time). Please sign up in advance. 

Saysutshun Island (Newcastle)  

"O si:em siye’yu, nuw’ilum (Honoured friends, welcome) to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Marine Provincial Park. Known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw, this family friendly park is accessible only by foot passenger ferry or boat. With breathtaking views of the Coastal Mountains and the Harbour City, the island offers a unique natural, historical and cultural experience for visitors." - newcastleisland.ca

What to wear

  • Proper clothing for the weather and for walking
  • Running shoes or hiking boots
  • No sandals

What to bring:

  • Snacks 
  • Water bottle 
  • Umbrella or rain coat (in case it rains)
  • A backpack to carry all your items
  • Camera

Meeting Location: 

VIU Building 255 Main Lobby 

Trip Includes:

Transportation and guided hike

Policies, Health & Safety

We have an ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and quality of our trips, with trained and responsible student leaders, staff and community partners. Before you sign-up, please check out our policies & procedures for more information about how to prepare for a trip, as well as our cancellation policy.

How to Sign Up

Our activities are available to all current VIU Students. Sign up with us in person, in the "Glassroom" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm – 1:30pm, located next to the Front Reception Desk in building 255 - Second Floor.

You will need to have your:

  1. Student card,
  2. Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Guard.me Insurance Policy)
  3. Payment (cash is currently the only method of payment for activities)

Waiver Form

Please read our general waiver form for VIU group activities in the attachment section below. All participants are required to read and sign the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign the morning of the trip.


Robin Lemmens, Activity Program Coordinator

phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2228

e-mail: Robin.lemmens@viu.ca