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

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
» more ...
Ucluelet, V0R 3A0, 131 Garden Street, Box 541
Ph. 866-313-8108 or 250-726-8255

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals)
Eagleye Cottage Resort, Campbell River

Eagleye Cottage Resort, Campbell River

Romantic Oceanfront Cottage with hot-tub

» Eagleye Cottage from: $ 205.00 per night
Campbell River, V9H 1I2, 3989 South Island Highway
Ph. 250-923-4589

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

 

 


Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Things to Do

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield

Come Experience the Magic of BMSC

Bamfield, V0R 1B0, 100 Pachena Road
Ph. (250) 728-3301

(Education | Museum)
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)
Craigdarroch Castle, City of Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle, City of Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience and a shining example of a "bonanza castle" - in walking distance from downtown Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Victoria, V8S 3L5, 1050 Joan Crescent
Ph. 250.592.5323

(Attractions, Heritage Sites, Tourist Attraction | Museum)