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

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)
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)
Mountainaire Campground and RV Park, Val Brochner, Nanaimo

Mountainaire Campground and RV Park, Val Brochner, Nanaimo

This favorite Nanaimo Campground features fully serviced RV Campsites and intimate tenting sites. Camp in the woods, swim in the river, or cuddle by a campfire. Families love camping here! Come out and join us.

Nanaimo, V9X 1R2, 1092 Spruston Road
Ph. 8663112267 or 2502451169

(Accommodations, Campground, Long Term Rentals, RV Park, Winter Camping)

 

 


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 2C3, 760 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)
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Sylvia Campbell, Errington

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Sylvia Campbell, Errington

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife. Part of what we do is: Rehabilitation of wildlife, educational programs, guided tours, opportunities to view wildlife, especially raptors and black bears.

Errington, V0R1V0, 1240 Leffler Rd.
Ph. 250 248 8534

(Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Wildlife | Attractions, Tourist Attraction | Business & Services Organizations, Environmental Organization | Education | 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)