The British Columbia Gulf Islands are known for organic farming, farmers’ markets, artistic flair and the stunning beauty of their seascapes and landscapes. Visitors come from near and far to relax, rejuvenate, and explore the endless beauty that these islands offer.
When visiting one of the many Gulf Islands, be sure to sync up with the local relaxed lifestyle. Let time slow down and enjoy some time beach combing along the shorelines and listening to the waves. Stop at one of the many local artisan galleries, or search out a wellness class, some fine dining or explore one of the many summer markets.
The Gulf Islands consist of 15 islands. The appeal of the islands is a low population, and an easy breezy attitude, providing an opportunity for visitors to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of urban living. Many of the islands offer cabins, camping opportunities, bed & breakfasts, or private vacation rentals.
If you’re looking for adventure beyond relaxation, there are plenty of activities to do. The larger and more populated Islands can be reached by BC Ferries, whereas the smaller islands are reached by private boat or seaplane.
Saltspring, Gabriola and Pender Islands are the only three Islands with more than 2000 inhabitants. Broken up into Southern and Northern Islands, the island list includes
Gabriola, Galiano, Mayne, Moresby, Pender, Peenelakut, Prevost, Salt Spring, Saturna, Sidney, Thetis and Valdes Islands.
Denman and Hornby Islands
Not all nearby islands are lumped into the Gulf Islands as they are located closer to mainland British Columbia and they include:
Ahgykson, Hardy, Lasqueti, Nelson, Texada, and Thormanby Islands