British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide

 
There are 225 Gulf Islands, many of which are quite small and only accessible by private boat. The largest island is Vancouver Island, comparable in size to the island of Japan. The other six less inhabited islands; Saltspring, Mayne, Galiano, Pender, and Saturna fitted with small cozy villages, accommodations, art galleries, park lands, and great outdoor camping and exploration.

Population: 500,000

Highlights:
Tempered climate and fantastic natural wilderness
Water sports activities; from whale watching to kayaking
Art communities and galleries
Fresh local grown or organic foods
Sightseeing and Eco tours
Amazingly refreshing air and breath taking views
Giant snowcapped mountains and deep blue oceans

Things To Bring:
As a reminder: bike helmets and seat belts are mandatory in British Columbia.
Alternative layers of clothing, safety equipment and appropriate outdoor clothing is suggested for the various types of recreational activities.

History:
The original inhabitants to the islands existed long after the last ice age. First Nation Aboriginals were semi-nomadic and journeyed the coast lines of these islands in search of food, fishing and hunting grounds, especially in the summer months. Primarily the First Nations Coastal Salish tribes were recorded and village evidence has shown signs of a sophisticated social system for families and organized activities.

By 1792, Captain George Vancouver arrived to claim the island for the British Crown. The islands were thought at the time to part of a gulf. Though later, more exploration and newer maps would prove that the island were indeed not part of a gulf but a strait, the name remained "Gulf Islands".

Climate:
Summer average 19 degrees Celsius
Winter average 5 degrees Celsius

 

Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Accommodations

Museum at Campbell River, Campbell River

Museum at Campbell River, Campbell River

The Museum at Campbell River is the largest regional museum on Vancouver Island.

Campbell River, V9W 4Z9, 470 Island Highway
Ph. (250) 287-3103

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast | Artists & Fine Art Artisans | Galleries/ Exhibits/Shows | Museum)
Cliffhouse Cottages, Galiano Island

Cliffhouse Cottages, Galiano Island

The Perfect Getaway!

» Treehouse Cottage from: $ 141.00 per night
» The Cliffhouse Cottage from: $ 169.00 per night
» more ...
Galiano Island, V0N 1P0, 105 Serenity Lane
Ph. 6042537715 or (250) 539-5239

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals)
Quatsino Lodge, Quatsino

Quatsino Lodge, Quatsino

The west coast fishing & kayaking destination.

Quatsino, V0N 2V0, E- 335 Quatsino Road, General Delivery
Ph. 1-866-279-5061 or (250) 338-7473

(Accommodations, Lodge, Resort | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing | Ecotourism)

 

 


Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Things to Do

Museum at Campbell River, Campbell River

Museum at Campbell River, Campbell River

The Museum at Campbell River is the largest regional museum on Vancouver Island.

Campbell River, V9W 4Z9, 470 Island Highway
Ph. (250) 287-3103

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast | Artists & Fine Art Artisans | Galleries/ Exhibits/Shows | Museum)
Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, Port Hardy

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, Port Hardy

Leap in to Salmon's World! Visit the Salmon Centre and experience the unique exhibits in our interpretive gallery. Take a guided tour of a working wild salmon hatchery. A fun and educational experience for all ages!

Port Hardy, V0N 2P0, 8400 Byng Road, PO Box 1409
Ph. 250 902 0336

(Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Wildlife | Education | Galleries/ Exhibits/Shows | Kids & Teens | Museum)
Quatsino Lodge, Quatsino

Quatsino Lodge, Quatsino

The west coast fishing & kayaking destination.

Quatsino, V0N 2V0, E- 335 Quatsino Road, General Delivery
Ph. 1-866-279-5061 or (250) 338-7473

(Accommodations, Lodge, Resort | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing | Ecotourism)