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Gulf Islands
Travel Guide

Mayne Island which includes waves

Experience island life on this Salish Sea archipelago, where you’ll find wineries, artists’ galleries, secluded beaches and protected forest reserves.

Find alluring island getaways in the Gulf Islands, which lie in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland. Over 200 islands make up this breathtaking archipelago, each with unique appeal. Hop between islands by boat or explore miles of pristine coastline, sandstone escarpments and dense old-growth forests. Check out the local culinary delights and sample Gulf Islands’ wines, cheeses and organic produce grown in the Mediterranean-like climate.

The Gulf Islands’ most populous landmass is Salt Spring Island. The island has a busy community with a thriving arts scene and fantastic Saturday market. Exciting communities of artists and artisans live on Galiano Island and Gabriola Island too. Follow an arts trail and visit galleries and home studios.

Check out Mayne Island to see a stunning collection of late 19th-century buildings. The island is also known for excellent kayaking and opportunities for spotting whales, orcas and seabirds. Launch from the islands’ many beaches and docks or embark on a guided tour. Join a charter boat trip to view the lighthouse and breathtaking coastal scenery.

The Pender Islands are covered in magnificent wilderness areas, including parts of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Explore the islands’ trails to spot wildlife and discover secluded beaches. The least developed area is Saturna Island, a stunning landmass dotted with sandstone formations and ancient forests. Here you’ll find Mount Warburton Pike and a scenic winery.

Swim, scuba dive and fish in the islands’ protected waters or camp and hike in the numerous reserves. Cycle through fertile farmland and up rugged mountains or play a round at an island golf course.

Access the larger Gulf Islands via ferry from Vancouver Island and the British Columbian mainland. Spend days boating around the islands on a yacht or island-hop using the network of ferries. Major ports are in Nanaimo, Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Crofton, Otter Bay and Fulford Harbour.

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $191 per night from May 14 to May 14
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,063 reviews)
"Excellent staff"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
3 out of 5
427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $125 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and The Robert Bateman Centre. British Columbia Parliament Building and Royal BC ...
3.8/5Good! (996 reviews)
"Close to waterfront. Downtown. Easy to walk. Nice restaurant/ pub downstairs and nearby"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $124 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is steps from Victoria Bug Zoo, Greater Victoria Public Library, and Bay Centre. Miniature World and Victoria Conference ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"I liked how friendly the staff was and the room was nice as well and how there was breakfast included and how there was a discount for the restaurant that they had the restaurant had good food but bad service and I didn’t like how there was no cleaning service while I stayed there"

Reviewed on Apr. 30, 2021

Strathcona Hotel
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Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Salt Spring Island, BC
Situated in Salt Spring Island, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ganges Marina, Artspring Arts Center, and Mistaken Identity Vineyards. Salt Spring Saturday ...
4.2/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay. The cabin and cabana are quite rustic and cute"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Full House-oceanfront, Near Ferry
Full House-oceanfront, Near Ferry
Sidney, BC
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is close to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Shoal Harbour Bird Sanctuary, and Resthaven Park. Local attractions also include ...
Full House-oceanfront, Near Ferry
On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is CA $210 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in the heart of Salt Spring Island, this vacation home is steps from Artspring Arts Center and Salt Spring Saturday Market. Salt Spring Island Visitor ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)
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"Awesome place and location"

Reviewed on Apr. 25, 2021

On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
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