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

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Chenoa Akey, Tofino - Ucluelet - Pacific Rim

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Chenoa Akey, Tofino - Ucluelet - Pacific Rim

Tofino Botanical Gardens & Ecolodge

Tofino, V0R 2Z0, PO Box 886
Ph. 250-725-1220

(Accommodations, Hostels, Lodge | Dining | Education | Galleries/ Exhibits/Shows, Garden, Public Art Gallery | Workshops/Classes)
Point West Waterfront Cottages, Ucluelet

Point West Waterfront Cottages, Ucluelet

Four self contained cottages on 2 acres of waterfront property.All with private hottubs/bbq's.Bring your kayak/canoe and launch from your doorstep.Many different species of birds to watch from your window/deck.1km to the PRNPark.Great romantic getaway!

» Hilltop Cottage from: $ 150.00 per night
» Osprey Cottage from: $ 199.00 per night
» more ...
Ucluelet, V0R 3A0, PO Box 259
Ph. (250) 726 - 7060

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals)
Anchors Inn, Ucluelet

Anchors Inn, Ucluelet

Two cozy waterfront cabins and a one-bedroom waterfront suite on half acre property on Ucluelet Harbour. Very private & romatic! Close to the Wild Pacific Trail, Long Beach & all amenities in town.

» One Bedroom Waterfront Suite from: $ 135.00 per night
» Two Waterfront Cabins from: $ 135.00 per night
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Ucluelet, V0R 3A0, 131 Garden Street, Box 541
Ph. 866-313-8108 or 250-726-8255

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals)

 

 


Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Things to Do

Discovery Marine Safaris LTD., Campbell River

Discovery Marine Safaris LTD., Campbell River

Come join us on one of our whale watching or grizzly bear viewing tours along the Discovery- and Inside Passages of the East coast of Vancouver Island

Campbell River, V9W 2C2, 104-909 Island Highway
Ph. 1-866-501-ORCA (6722) or 250-287-7008

(Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Bear Viewing, Bird watching, Boating, Whale watching, Wildlife | Ecotourism | Tours, Adventure Tour, ECO Tours, Sightseeing)
The Raptors (Pacific Northwest Raptors Ltd), North Cowichan

The Raptors (Pacific Northwest Raptors Ltd), North Cowichan

Get Up Close to Amazing Birds of Prey

Duncan, V9L 5W4, 1877 Herd Road
Ph. 18776951695 or 250-746-0372

(Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Wildlife | Attractions, Tourist Attraction | Business & Services Organizations, Environmental Organization | Education | Kids & Teens, Camp/Clinic | Workshops/Classes)
The Maritime Museum of BC, City of Victoria

The Maritime Museum of BC, City of Victoria

Explorers and Navigation

Victoria, V8W 1H9, 28 BastionSquare
Ph. (250) 385-4222

(Museum)