Petroglyph Development Group of Companies

As a group of companies, Petroglyph Development Group oversees the management of multiple subsidiaries. Beginning with PDG, Petroglyph Forestry and Petroglyph Properties, the group of companies has grown to include additional subsidiaries over the past four years. Unlocking the Snuneymuxw economic potential is an exciting journey to realizing diverse and unique business opportunities.


  • Petroglyph Development Group

    Petroglyph Development Group is the master company managing the subsidiaries listed below. The subsidiaries are comprised of diverse corporate operations in the areas of forestry, land management and development, park and tourism, marine transportation and fuel service. New business opportunities are continuously in development.

    Stay connected with us to keep up to date on the future growth of PDG!


  • Petroglyph Forestry

    Petroglyph Forestry is the forestry arm of Petroglyph Development Group. Our manager and staff oversee approximately 2100 acres of Mt. Benson land and 64+ acres of Yellow Point land. Operations include harvesting, silviculture, firewood, fire suppression, land management, a general labour crew, and other operations.

    The firewood business produces pre-packaged firewood bundles for purchase by consumers and offered wholesale to interested vendors. The firewood business provides Petroglyph Forestry the ability to implement the Elders Firewood Program and deliver firewood to Snuneymuxw elders so that they stay warm through the winter months.


  • Saysutshun / Newcastle Island

    Saysutshun is a sacred village site and home of the Snuneymuxw people. It carries great significance spiritually as a place of transformation, healing, and preparation.

    The natural beauty of the island makes it a highly appealing destination. We want to bring Saysutshun back into the daily lives of the people of Nanaimo, share the history and culture of the island, and educate the public about Snuneymuxw traditional ways of life and worldview. Saysutshun offers tourism products such as an Interpretive Walking Tour and Traditional Salmon BBQ. You can embark on an easy nature walk to learn about Snuneymuxw traditions and medicines while observing historical and sacred sites. Participate in a Traditional Salmon BBQ with a Snuneymuxw chef who will use Snuneymuxw culinary practices to traditionally cook sockeye salmon at the BBQ fire pit.

    As well, our contract with BC Parks to manage Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park) park services and offer camping, boating, 22 km of outdoor trails, beaches and tidal pools, playgrounds, and much more! You can use park space or the pavilion hall to host a special event, and even get Saysutshun to cater your event, or visit the Saysutshun concession to enjoy indigenous and grab’n’go food and beverages.

    Experience Saysutshun! Call us to receive more information.


  • Saysutshun Ferry Service

    We own and operate The Saysutshun Ferry Service offering transportation to Saysutshun from the Maffeo Sutton dock. Begin your experience of Saysutshun by embarking on a 10-minute ferry ride.


  • Petroglyph Properties

    Petroglyph Properties is the land holding arm of Petroglyph Development Group. We work to manage and develop land. Petroglyph Properties currently owns and manages four properties:

    • 2855 Departure Bay Road
    • 1130 Farquhar Street
    • 1150 Maughan Road
    • 1160 Maughan Road

Petroglyph Development Group’s New Businesses


  • Snuneymuxw Market Gas Bar

    Petroglyph Development Group has announced that we will operate a fuel service station and convenience store on Snuneymuxw Territory. It will be installed on the Snuneymuxw IR No. 4 reserve located in Cedar.

    The Snuneymuxw community identified this as a priority a few decades ago and the Snuneymuxw Government inserted this project in the PDG corporate strategic plan as a priority. The gas bar will contribute to reducing the cost of living for Snuneymuxw citizens while offering loyalty programs to all customers.


  • First Nations Canna Corporation

    Petroglyph Development Group has entered a partnership with Encompass Capital Corporation to become active participants in the cannabis market. We have engaged with the Snuneymuxw Community to seek approval for a business based in medicinal and recreational cannabis. The community expressed its approval at an information session and the partnership is exploring this economic opportunity further.