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  Hotel   The accommodations on the Gulf Islands are as varied as the islands themselves. Private ocean front homes, cozy cottages, quaint inns and comfortable bed and breakfasts are just some of what awaits you. You'll also find some unique offerings such as a Japanese forest home, a Mongolian yurt or a log cabin on a working sheep farm. For backpackers, campers and budget travelers there are hostels and seaside parks with campsites overlooking the ocean.  

If you're looking for something with more exotic surroundings it's readily available in the islands' exquisite resorts and spas. The spas leave nothing to be desired, catering to every whim of those in need of a little nurturing. Indeed, some of the islands fine resorts welcome movie stars to their elegant establishments.

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Camping - Provincial, Regional and National Parks

The Gulf Islands National park has front country camping at Prior Centennial on Pender Island and the McDonald campground (Vancouver Island) north of Sidney on the Sannich Peninsula. Front country campgrounds in the Provincial Park system can be found at Montague Harbour on Galiano and Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island (limited to 8 drive in sites but you can park and walk a short distance with your gear to dozens more). Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola also has 32 sites available.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Camping

Cabbage Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Hiking, Sea Kayaking. The Island is tucked into the top of Tumbo Island which lies just north of the southern reaches of Saturna Island. Gulf Islands National Park

D'Arcy Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Sea Kayaking, Hiking The island, which was once used as a leper colony for the chinese, is located just south of Sidney Island and to the east of Vancouver Island. Gulf Islands National Park

Isle de Lis - Rum Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Sea Kayaking, Hiking. Hikers can follow the areas trail which travels all around the island. The island was once used for smuggling illicit alcohol during prohibition in the United States. The island lies just to the north of Sidney Island. Gulf Islands National Park

McDonald Campground - Saanich Peninsula (Vancouver Island) - Front Country Camping, Sea Kayaking (nearby). Located on the edge of Vancouver Island just above Sidney, the campground is used by kayakers as well as travelers who are waiting for the next day's ferry sailing. The park is also nicely positioned as a jump off point for exploring the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria. Gulf Islands National Park

Pender Islands - Front Country Camping, Walk-in Camping, Hiking, Sea Kayaking. Front country camping is found on the north island at Prior Centennial, which also has a short hiking trail. The walk-in camping area is located on South Pender Island at Beaumont/Mount Norman. An excellent, but challenging hike is to be had to the top of Mount Norman (244m elevation gain), which will reward you with excellent views of the Gulf Islands. The Roesland/Roe Lake area has hiking (but no camping) as well as a small fresh water lake. The Pender Islands consist of South Pender Island and North Pender Island, which are separated by a narrow man made channel, with a short bridge connecting the two. Gulf Islands National Park

Prevost Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Hiking, Sea Kayaking. The island has separate areas set aside as part of the National Park. The area with camping and hiking trails is located at the north end of the island at Selby Cove and James Bay. Prevost Island is located off the end of Salt Spring's Long Harbour northwest of Pender and southwest of Galiano Island. Gulf Islands National Park

Princess Margaret (Portland) Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Sea Kayaking, Hiking. The Island has three campsites located around the islands perimeter. There are hiking trails that crisscross the island and provide a terrestrial connection to each. The Island lies just south of Salt Spring Island not far from the mouth of Fulford Harbour. Gulf Islands National Park

Prior Centennial Park - See Pender Islands

Sidney Spit - Walk in Campsites, (accessible by water only), Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Birding Located almost due east of the Town of Sidney, the island can be accessed by a day ferry which will transport you over for a day at the beach or a longer stay at the islands campground. There are a number of hiking trails, which will take you around the island (through the forest and to the various beaches) as well as out to the end of the western most sandbar (7.5km return). Campers have about 1.0km to pack their gear in (at the time of this writing the park also supplied carts for this purpose) to the parks campsite, which is located beside the islands old brick factory. You'll also have a chance to observe one of the most unique shorelines we've ever encountered, a brick beach. Gulf Islands National Park

Provincial Parks Camping

Dionisio Point Provincial Park (Coons Bay) - Galiano Island - Walk-in Camping (accessible by water only), hiking, biking, sea kayaking, scuba diving, sandy beaches, marine life observation. There are 30 walk-in campsites (no reservations) and a designated sea kayaking camping area. The campsites have access to water (in season) which should be boiled before drinking as well as vault toilets. The park is located at the northwestern tip of Galiano Island, access is from the water only (marine charts #3442, #3461, 43, 61 and 73). BC Parks

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park - Galiano Island - 40 Front Country Campsites, 15 Walk-in Campsites, Drinking Water, Hiking Trails, Picnic Area, Beach, Boat Moorage - From the ferry terminal follow Sturdies Bay Road and bare right on Montague Road which will take you into the park. BC Parks

Pirates Cove Marine Provincial Park - De Courcy Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Hiking, Kayaking, Whale watching (seasonal) Located south east of Nanaimo just to the south of Gabriola Island. The park has 12 campsites, hiking trails and areas for swimming. BC Parks

Ruckle Provincial Park - Salt Spring Island - 8 Front Country Campsites, 78 walk-in Campsites, hiking, sea kayaking. There are 78 walk-in campsites in the park overlooking the ocean and running along the forests edge. The park also has 8 front country sites which are accessible by car. The campsites have picnic tables, access to water and pit toilets. Reservations are not accepted for the camping sites.From the Fulford ferry terminal take Fulford Ganges Road a short distance, then turn right on Beaver Point Road (there are signs) which will take you into the park. BC Parks

Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park - Wallace Island - Camping (accessible by water only), Hiking, Sea Kayaking Located between Galiano and the north end of Salt Spring Island in Trincomali Channel. The park has three camping areas, at Chivers Point, Cabin Bay and Conover Cove. BC Parks

Regional Parks Camping

Descanso Bay Regional Park - Gabriola Island - 32 Front County Campsites, 595 Taylor Bay Road, All Year From the Ferry the turn off for Taylor Bay Road is less than a kilometre on your left as you drive onto the island.

For information on kayak camping at the regions marine parks, see our Sea Kayaking section.

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If you're idea of Hostelling is pulling up a piece of the rug, in an urban fallout shelter, with a dozen strangers - think again. Hostels range from a place to unroll your sleeping bag, to something approaching resort like accommodations, in beautiful settings, with you're own private room. Prices are still unbeatable and the company is usually interested, and interesting world travelers. If you're a boarder or skier take note, there are hostels in most of the major resort areas throughout the country.

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