in landscape, rustic in character, the Gulf Islands bask in a
mild climate and pastoral tranquility. Almost 200 islands of all
shapes and sizes lie tucked against the southeastern shore of
Vancouver Island with only the invisible international boundary
dividing them from the San Juan Islands in US waters.
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Island is the largest island with an official measurement of 182.7
square kilometers (70.5 sq mi) with about 10,500 permanent residents
(2008 census). The largest village on the island is Ganges. Saltspring
is often referred to as an "artists paradise". It is
home not only to many reputable artists but to a variety of galleries
and craft studios.
is a popular pastime of locals and visitors alike and the island
provides many harbours and moorings. Other water activities include
swimming, wind surfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking and canoeing.
Inland, there are many roads and trails to lure the hiker or biker.
Pender Island & South Pender Island
Island is approximately 34 km2 (13.1 sq mi) in area and is home
to about 2,500 permanent residents, as well as a large seasonal
population. The sub-mediterranean-type climate (781mm/31inchs
of rain per year) makes North Pender Island and South Pender Island
perfect for family vacations including boating, hiking and nature
Pender Islands are known as the "friendly islands" and
"islands of hidden coves and beaches", boasting 20 public
ocean access points with swimming and picnic sites. Many visitors
like to bike or hike the country lanes and trails, exploring this
fascinating island. Boating is also popular; the accompanying
water activities are also a draw for visitors - diving, fishing,
wildlife watching, canoeing and kayaking. Pender Island is a popular
destination for other outdoor pursuits. The island also boasts
a 9-hole golf course.
Island is a rustic 21km island in the southern Gulf Islands chain
of British Columbia. It is situated midway between the Lower Mainland
of BC and Vancouver Island, and has a population of around eleven
after a lieutenant Richard Mayne of the Royal Navy, Mayne Island
is a quiet island with a colourful past. During the Fraser River/Cariboo
Gold Rush of the mid 1800's, Vancouver Island miners gathered
at Miners Bay before crossing to the mainland. The site is still
a draw for history buffs. Wander through the many studios and
galleries on Mayne Island or hike, bike, swim or just explore
- what better way to spend an idyllic summers day.
Island is 27.5 km long, 6 km at its widest point, and 1.6 km across
at its narrowest point. The island is northwest of Mayne Island,
northeast of Saltspring Island and southeast of Valdes Island
and has a population of 1258 inhabitants.
Island is an ideal recreation destination with miles of old logging
trails and country lanes for walking, mountain biking or horseback
riding. On the western side of the island there are a series of
sandstone caves. The many parks on Galiano Island, like Belhouse
Park or Dionisio Point Provincial Park on Porlier Pass, provide
the outdoor enthusiast with endless hiking possibilities plus
spectacular scenery. Sail, kayak or fish the local waters.
Island is a mountainous island, about 31 sq km in size. The southern-most
of the Gulf Islands chain, Saturna is situated approximately midway
between the Lower Mainland of BC and Vancouver Island, and is
the most easterly of the Gulf Islands. Saturna has a permanent
population of around 350, although that number increases significantly
during the busy summer season.
Island is a very special place to visit. Fairly large in area,
Saturna Island boasts an easy-going pace that makes it a perfect
get-away spot. Mt. Warburon Pike offers sights of feral goats
on the ecological reserve at the top. Cycling along East Point
Road will offer you views across to the mainland mountains. Approximately
half of the island is in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
that was formed in 2003 from 2 provincial parks, an Ecological
Reserve, and other Crown land.
Walking, Camping & Moorage
The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve maintains numerous hiking
and walking trails, campsites and moorage sites in the Gulf
accurate and up-to-date information about the GINPR, including:
maps, hiking trails, campsite and mooring fees, parks advisories,
closures, special events and interpretive programs visit their
website at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/gulf/index.aspx
On their website you can learn about opportunities in GINPR
for boating, kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.
As well, learn about the fun activities being held in GINPR,
like Interpretive Program activities throughout the park (from
June until early September). Be sure to download their free
brochure with a map of hiking and camping opportunities.
The BC Gulf Islands are all accessed by the BC
Ferries system from Vancouver Island and the mainland. There
is local air transport available as well as small boats.
Activities: Water activities are popular on all the islands;
and biking the
roads and trails are also a popular pastime. Saltspring and Galiano
Islands have golf
There are a variety of accommodations on the islands, from hotels/motels
to lodges and bed & breakfasts. All the islands but Saturna
Island have campsites.
Association of Vancouver Island
#203-335 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2T5
Telephone (250) 754-3500 Fax (250) 754-3599