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

Skipping Stone Beach B&B, Ganges

Skipping Stone Beach B&B, Ganges

Welcome to your oceanfront suites on a private beach. Minutes to town, but a world away! Peaceful, private wooded 3 acres. Excellent swimming, hiking, and baking!.

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

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast)
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)
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)

 

 


Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Things to Do

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)
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)
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)