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  Fulford Harbour   The Gulf Islands are known for their laid-back lifestyle, excellent weather, stunning natural beauty and their large population of artists and artisans. Artisans, painters and musicians have set up shop throughout the area, making culture a big part of island life. Nature also plays a major role in the islands , with the areas wonderful mix of ocean, forests, meadows and mountains.  
 
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The Gulf Islands are situated in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver, on the lower mainland of British Columbia and Victoria, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The main islands that make up the Gulf Islands are Salt Spring, Gabriola, Galiano, Mayne, Saturna and the Penders. There are dozens of smaller islands and islets that are included in this group, which collectively are often referred to as the the Southern Gulf Islands.

Most visitors make their way to the islands on one of the regions ferries (float plane service from the Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Washington State is also available), which for many is an adventure unto itself - particularly for the kids. Stepping off the ferry you start to notice that things move more slowly here. People take time for life's little pleasures and a more relaxed atmosphere greets you where ever you go. Visitors are forced to slow down when they explore the area and adapt themselves to what is often referred to as "Island Time". Be careful, once you've adjusted you're internal clock, you may never want to set it back again.

The islands provide a wonderful natural environment which invites you to indulge in the outdoors. The area is renowned for its exceptional cruising. Sailors are in heaven here, with endless bays, channels and sounds that just beg to be explored. The islands' diverse shorelines present you with rain forest, cliffs and rocky headlands separated by a wide variety of beaches, covered with sand, tiny pebbles or even beautiful white shell fragments (shell middens are protected and are not to be disturbed). Anchorages can be found in many of the sheltered bays and moorage is available on all of the major islands.

A large number of sea kayakers share the surrounding waters. You'll find them gliding by the sandstone sculpted shores of Galiano Island or heading for the sandy beaches of Sidney Spit. After a day's explorations, they may spend the night at one of the area's innumerable oceanside B&B's or at one of the many parks which dot the islands.

Heritage Canadian has recently set aside a patchwork of land comprised of beaches, forests, meadows and mountains, which together make up the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. This newly designated area protects one of Canada's more delicate balancing acts between nature and man. The park provides campsites, trails, beaches, moorage and anchorages. You'll also find a number of beautiful Provincial Parks with both front country (directly accessible by car) and walk-in campsites, perhaps the most notable of which is Salt Spring's Ruckle Provincial Park. In addition there are regional parks on many of the islands which rival their better know brethren when it comes to natural beauty.

Hiking trails make their way along the island's rugged coastlines and to many of the area's peaks. Most of the trails are within the parks and information can be had by contacting the park administrators. Most of the trails outside the parks but can be found with maps which may be purchased at the island's information centres or retailers. Several books are available which include detailed trail descriptions of the area.

Map of Gabriola Island
Map of Galiano Island

Map of Mayne Island
Map of Pender Islands
Map of Salt Spring Island

Map of Saturna Island

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Backpacking

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Sea Kayaking

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Snowboarding
Snow Shoeing
Whale Watching
 
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Events, Festivals and Attractions

 
  Gabriola Island Directory
Gabriola Island Map
Galiano Island Directory
Galiano Island Map
Gulf Island Scenes
Gulf Island Life
Mayne Island Directory
Mayne Island Map 
Pender Islands Directory
Pender Islands Map
  Ruckle Provincial Park Map
Salt Spring Island Directory
SSI Eco-Home Tour
SSI Market Photo Gallery
Salt Spring Fall Fair

Salt Spring Island Map
Salt Spring Studio Tour
Saturna Island Directory

Saturna Island Map
 
 
Visiting from outside British Columbia:
 
 
 
Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be vary new to some visitors. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and when you have reached your destination.
 
 
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Resources

Gulf Islands

Salt Spring Island - Main Page
Restaurants, Dining & Bars
Events, Festivals and Attractions
Tourism, Culture & History
Travel & Transportation

Vancouver Island and Victoria

Tourism Victoria
Tourism Vancouver Island

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Whistler

Out-There's Whistler Main Page
Whistler Tourism

Out-There's British Columbia
British Columbia Tourism

Related Links

You Tube - Gulf Islands - Salt Spring Island
Flickr - Gulf Islands - Salt Spring Island
Wikipedia - Gulf Islands - Salt Spring Island

Links of Interest

Conde Naste Traveler
Islands Magazine
National Geographic
National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Traveler
Outside Magazine
Sunset Magazine
Travel and Leisure Magazine

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