The world-renowned Gulf Islands lie between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. They enjoy idyllic landscapes, rustic character and they bask in a Mediterranean climate. With miles of stunning coastline, sea kayaying is perhaps the most popular outdoor activity in the Gulf Islands. Equipment rentals, lessons and guides are available on most of the islands. The islands are a destination for sailors and boaters as there are many marinas and docking facilities throughout the islands. Guided sight-seeing tours and boat charters are available from most of the islands. Cycling is also a popular way to see the Gulf Islands' quiet country roads.

In the spring of 2004 the Gulf Island National Park Reserve was opened. This Reserve protects one of the most sensitive ecological areas in Canada. Garry oaks and arbutus trees, tide pools, sea birds, orca whales, porpoises, seals and sea lions all live in and are protected by the Reserve which covers 33 sq. km (20.5 sq. mi.) of parkland on a number of islands.

The Gulf Islands produce a supply of specialty foods and farm products are available at local markets on most of the islands.

Hiking golf, tennis, scuba diving, fishing are all among the Gulf Island attractions. While each island is unique in character you may want to choose one island as a day trip or overnight getaway. Check each island for the type of accommodation available and be sure to book ahead, particularly in the summer season. There are several wellness centres and spas located on the islands, taking advantage of the restful ambience that each island provides.

Gulf Islands Accommodations vary from 5-star resorts to humble off-the-beaten-track Bed and Breakfasts that may just include teaching you a craft, perhaps forging.

The Gulf Islands are divided into North and South. Were you to look at a map of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands are east of the distance between Victoria and Nanaimo, in the Strait of Georgia. The Northern Gulf Islands continue into the Johnstone Strait and into the Queen Charlotte Strait, covering a total of about 490 km (304 mi.).

Northern Gulf Islands

 

Southern Gulf Islands

Hastings House Country House Hotel -- a small luxury country resort, spa and restaurant - sits on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Explore British Columbia's natural beauty, Salt Spring's mild climate and the warmth and creativity of its people.

Located on its own private beach, Cusheon Lake Resort is located in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. An outdoor hot tub and BBQ facilities are available on the terrace. A flat-screen cable TV with DVD player is featured in the living room area in each unit at this rustic resort. A full kitchen provides an oven, microwave, refrigerator, and dining table.

This Salt Spring Island seaside resort offers a private beach area, a variety of spa services and villas with a patio and fireplace. The spacious villas provide a two-person mineral bath. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue grills and a living room with a sofa. Some offer an ocean view. Row boats and bikes are available for guests.

Decorated in a French design, this Salt Spring Island countryside house is opposite Ruckle Provincial Park. A full kitchen and 2 covered decks are available at the cottage. Fulford Ferry to Swartz Bay is 15 minutes’ drive away. The hotel features stained glass windows, a wood stove and is furnished in antiques. A full bathroom and an additional outdoor shower are available.

Le Gite d'Etape Le Gite d'Etape
157 Forest Ridge Road
Salt Spring Island
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This seaside bed and breakfast is situated on 10 acres on Salt Spring Island. It features a 50 foot dock, an outdoor pool and spacious suites with kitchenette facilities. Guests at this hotel get free use of canoes, rowboat and kayaks. The property also provides a sauna, trampoline and fire pits. The suites and cottage offer access to the shared patio.

This waterfront accommodation is located on Salt Spring Island. It offers a private pebble beach and contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen TV, DVD player, and iPod docking station are included in the guest rooms. Each has a patio and select rooms have a kitchenette. River otters, seals, and eagles can be seen along the shoreline.

7 park-like acres of spectacular south facing water front on St. Mary Lake. Choose a 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped standard lakefront cottage or a new luxury log chalet. Perfect summer family vacation with a safe sandy beach, new jungle gym, variety of complimentary boats. Beach games and theme nights. Fabulous trout and bass fishing. Ideal off- season tranquility, perfect for a romantic get away.

Manna House on Deman Island consists of 2 buildings, connected by a covered walkway on 2 acres of ocean-front. There are 3 self-contained guest suites are newly renovated, completed in the Fall of 2020. Your hosts, Mitra and Mark, have lived and worked here since 2003; both are artists. Vegetarian Friendly! Please only cook vegetarian food on the premises; eggs and dairy are OK.

Manna House Manna House
1901 East Road
Denman Island
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This Denman Island, eco-friendly hostel/hotel is attached to Earth Club Factory which produces eco-friendly products and roasts, grinds and serves its own coffee. The bistro serves organic and local food products. The guesthouse has 5 rooms and features a hot tub and bicycle rental and offers free wifi, and pancake breakfast. The inn is located on Denman Island and is 5 km from Buckley Bay.

This Denman Island B&B features two rooms, ocean-view and four course breakfast including home baking. It also features a self-contained suite and private bathroom. No pets. No smoking. Adult-oriented. The common room has a fireplace, kitchenette, and a TV with a DVD player. Table tennis and hot tub are available to guests. Free public parking and free WiFi.

Cleft in the Rock Cleft in the Rock
1000 A Westcliff Road
Denman Island
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Breakfast is provided at this Gabriola Island property. Free airport pick up is offered from Tofino Air terminal 1 km away. Gabriola Island ferry terminal is a 20 minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is included. Rooms include a dining area with microwave and refrigerator at the WurHere B&B. The rooms also include a flat-screen TV and views of the garden and orchard. En suite bathrooms are included.

Galiano Island's Ultimate Oceanfront Destination. Discover a spectacular West Coast island getaway minutes from city life. Experience the warm ambiance of a Spa and Wellness Retreat with the casual elegance of a Mediterranean-style oceanfront inn. Relax in beautiful accommodations in this special Gulf Island hideaway.

Boasting a 1-acre English garden, our Ganges B&B provides a full gourmet breakfast. A guest terrace is featured, and free Wi-Fi is offered in all guest units. A seating area is provided in each unit. Free toiletries are included for added convenience. Select units offer full kitchen facilities and a private bathroom. Provided daily, breakfast has eggs, fruit, pastries and yogurt.

Our Ganges B&B has rooms with free WiFi and is near a lake. The bed and breakfast is also 5.6 km away from Salt Spring Vineyards. Every room comes with a patio. We will provide a bath or shower, free toiletries and a flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD-Player. Full English/Irish and American breakfast options are available each morning.

Featuring a bar, restaurant, and night club on site, this hotel is located in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, just 2 minutes' walk away from Vogue Theatre. It offers contemporary rooms with a flat-screen cable TV and free WiFi. Each guest room at Hotel Belmont Vancouver, an Ascend Hotel Collection provides a coffee maker and ironing facilities.

More than a simple open-air museum, the Village historique acadien is a tourism complex built around a 2.2 km circuit bordered with historic buildings, all inhabited by fully bilingual (French and English) interpretive guides who portray the daily lives of the Acadian people from 1770 to 1949.

This Vancouver, British Columbia hostel boasts a full bar and restaurant on site and offers a ticket service desk with discounts on tickets for Vancouver Canucks games. Breakfast is provided daily. Samesun Vancouver offers shared and private rooms that include lockers. Free Wifi is provided. The daily complimentary breakfast includes coffee, tea, bagels and oats.

Samesun Vancouver Samesun Vancouver
1018 Granville Street
Heriot Bay
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Quadra Island is one of the idyllic Northern Gulf Islands & is located just a 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River off the central east coast of Vancouver Island, BC. Quadra Island is well known for beautiful scenery and a casual atmosphere and there is no better place to relax and enjoy the ocean views and warm island hospitality than the Heriot Bay Inn & Resort on the waterfront!

A spacious conference space is available. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. On-site parking is available at a surcharge, along with a car charging station. Rogers Arena - Formerly GM place is 400 m from JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, while Canada Hockey Place is 400 m away.

Situated within 200 m of Waterfront Centre Mall Vancouver and Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre, EXchange Hotel Vancouver features rooms with air conditioning. Free WiFi is available.unknown@quokkasystems.comHydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar is a Greek seafood restaurant with an engaging and lively 40-foot cocktail bar.

EXchange Hotel Vancouver EXchange Hotel Vancouver
475 Howe St Vancouver
Heriot Bay
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At our Campbell River bed and breakfast, we have 150 ft of private serene beach living. You will enjoy 2 bdrm, 2 bath of 1300 sq feet fully equipped vacation home with ample parking, lots of green space. Storm watching the seas. Incredible mountain and ocean view. Eagle, whale, porpoise and sea lion watching. Library and games. Wood burning rock fireplace insert. Cable, internet.

Choose from a diverse array of beautifully appointed, pet-friendly Pender Island resort accommodations - perfect for families, couples, groups and boaters. Enjoy outdoor activities on the sparkling water from our private marina, soak in our outdoor swimming pools (two), or simply relax in your private cottage villa or lodge accommodations for a rejuvenating West Coast Island experience.

A west coast paradise away from the crowds, April Point Resort & Spa combines natural beauty and adventure to create the ultimate vacation experience. Situated on beautiful Quadra Island, the resort lets you set your own pace. Enjoy a thrilling whale watching tour or a peaceful sunset wine and cheese cruise. Relax with a massage at the Aveda spa or enjoy a cocktail on the patio.

This Quathiaski Cove resort offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and a variety of outdoor activities. Each room is equipped with a kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. Boasting a bay window with harbour views, each room features a flat-screen TV with cable. All en suite rooms include tea and coffee making facilities. Four covered decks complete with a seating area and BBQ facilities are available.

Whiskey Point Resort Whiskey Point Resort
725 Quathiaski Cove Road
Quadra Island
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