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Gulf Islands

Known for Hiking, Island and Port

Nestled between Vancouver and mainland British Columbia find charming communities and beautiful scenery spread across more than 200 islands.

How do you get to Gulf Islands?

Tour wineries, farmers’ markets, artists’ colonies and more in the Gulf Islands. Take your time discovering all that this archipelago has to offer, with over 200 islands including a dozen large and populated ones to explore. The area’s unique Mediterranean climate makes it a great destination throughout the year.

Immerse yourself in Salt Spring Island’s bohemian atmosphere. As the largest and most populated island in the archipelago, it also has the most options for amenities. Visit the famous farmers’ market in Centennial Park or explore the many restaurants and galleries around the island.

Enjoy the bucolic beauty of Pender Island. Tee off on the nine-hole golf course or learn about the area’s history at the Pender Island Museum. Go scuba diving to discover the underwater sights.

Check out the iconic red and white lighthouse on Mayne Island. Rent a bike and circumnavigate the island, passing lush wilderness, rugged shorelines and charming farmsteads.

Discover the rugged beauty of Saturna Island. As one of the least populated islands in the archipelago, its mountains and forests are unspoiled. Go down to the renowned whale-watching spot on East Point, where you have a good chance of spotting orcas throughout the year.

Explore as much of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve as you can. The park is spread across 15 islands, notably the larger southern Gulf Islands, including Saturna, Pender and Mayne. Explore the area by hiking, biking, boating or kayaking. Keep watch for an incredible array of wildlife, from birds to whales.

Visit the Gulf Islands throughout the year. Arrive and get around by ferry or floatplane. Whether your idea of relaxation is in a bustling village or on a quiet beach, you will feel a million miles away from the rest of the world. When you’re ready to rejoin the mainland, Vancouver is just a ferry ride away.

Things to do in Gulf Islands

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.

Learn about the region’s human and natural history, visit some of the oldest buildings in the province and see a special collection of totem poles.

This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

Walk in the footsteps of one of Canada’s richest families at this castle that would look at home in the Scottish Highlands.

Come to this working harbor to see its colorful floating houses, go on a kayaking trip or a wildlife-spotting cruise and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on the docks.

Get some exercise on the sports fields, pet animals in the zoo and go for relaxing walks in this beautiful city park.