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

Oceanside Village Resort, Parksville

Oceanside Village Resort, Parksville

First class year round resort cottages

» The Arbutus from: $ 120.00 per night
» The Cedarview from: $ 120.00 per night
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Parksville, V9P 2E3, 1080 Resort Drive
Ph. 1-877-248-8961 or 250-248-8961

(Accommodations, Resort, Vacation Rentals)
Skipping Stone Beach B&B, Ganges

Skipping Stone Beach B&B, Ganges

Welcome to your oceanfront suites on a private beach.

» Driftwood Suite from: $ 175.00 per night
» Starfish Suite from: $ 200.00 per night
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Salt Spring Island, V8K 2M9, 960 Rainbow Road
Ph. 1-866-347-5055 or 250-537-2519

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast)
Hammond Bay Oceanside Bed & Breakfast, Nanaimo

Hammond Bay Oceanside Bed & Breakfast, Nanaimo

Welcome to our Oceanside Bed & Breakfast

» Bayside Room from: $ 125.00 per night
» Oceanside Suite from: $ 145.00 per night
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Nanaimo, V9T 1G3, 3804 Hammond Bay Road
Ph. (250) 751-1409

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast, Vacation Rentals)

 

 


Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Things to Do

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina, Campbell River

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina, Campbell River

Spectacular Views of Georgia Strait, Coastal Mountains & Desolation Sound!

» RV Sites from: $ 27.00 per night
» Cottages from: $ 75.00 per night
» more ...
Campbell River, V9H1E5, 2176 Salmon Point Rd
Ph. 1-866-246-6605 or 250-923-6605

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Campground, Resort, RV Park, RV Rentals on Site | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Boating, Fishing | Dining, Family restaurant, Pub | Tours, Fishing Tour)
Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre, Sooke

Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre, Sooke

Explore the heritage, culture and natural history of the southwest coast while enjoying the scenic beauty along Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew

Sooke, V9Z 1H7, PO Box 774, 2070 Phillips Rd
Ph. 250-642-6351

(Museum)
Mothership Adventures, Port McNeill

Mothership Adventures, Port McNeill

Eco Tours: Kayak, Natural History, First Nations, Settler's History

Heriot Bay, V0P 1H0, Box 30
Ph. 1-888-833-8887 or 250-202-3229

(Accommodations, Boat / Ship | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Canoeing/Kayaking, Whale watching | Rentals, Boat Rental | Tours, Adventure Tour, Art/Cultural Tour, ECO Tours, Trail/Wilderness Tours)