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

Our European style Salt Spring Island inn offers an elegant adult-oriented retreat. Choose to do as much or as little as you wish while here. Spend the afternoon in the gardens listening to the sound of the waterfalls and enjoying the heated pool or hot tub. Take a walk on the nature trails which meander through the 30 acres of our property. Spoil yourself with a treatment in our full-service spa.

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.

With a private terrace, boat mooring and beach, this completely non-smoking Salt Spring Island accommodation includes suites with a kitchenette and an electric fireplace. An oceanfront hot tub with bathrobes and slippers is available. A 40-inch flat-screen satellite TV and a selection of DVDs are included. The bathroom features heated porcelain tile floors.

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 hotel features a day spa, a 15-acre organic farm and on-site restaurant with live entertainment. Rooms include free Wi-Fi and coffee-making facilities. The restaurant offers organic and locally grown produce and weekend entertainment. The hotel provides each room with a colour TV and a work desk. Classes are available at the yoga studio.

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.

Our Gabriola establishment provides accommodations with free WiFi and access to a garden with a terrace. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries, bath and shower. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible nearby. Perfect for romantic getaways or family fun.

Our Galiano Island accommodations include self-sufficient cottages with kitchen and bath ranging from studios to 2-bedroom cabins. No two cottages are alike. Each features local, original Art, a full complement of dishes, and linens for bed and bath which enhance the individuality of each unit. All cottages have a full private bath, well-equipped cooking facilities, cable TV and secure Wi-Fi.

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.

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.

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.

This Vancouver hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and full kitchens in each room. Guests can enjoy a clean atmosphere at this all non-smoking property. Each air-conditioned room at Level Yaletown - Seymour's features a washer and dryer, private balcony, and Keurig coffee machine. A private bathroom offers guests a bathrobe. Guests can also enjoy walk-in closets for convenient storage.

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.

Located on North Pender Island, we have been receiving visitors since 1983, and underwent a full renovation in 2017. A short walk from Oak Bluffs Park, We sits at the highest point of one of Pender Island’s most stunning viewpoints, and is one of only spots offering 360 degree views. Surrounded by 10 acres of private land, It’s the ultimate getaway for individuals of any age.

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