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.