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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.).

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Quarrystone House
Quarrystone House
1340 Sunset Drive
Salt Spring Island
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Quarrystone House is situated on 5 acres on a ridge, with stunning ocean & sunset views to the west & open pastoral views to the east. This dramatic yet peaceful setting creates the perfect escape where you can enjoy tranquil luxury and ensured privacy all year round. Relax on your secluded balcony or soak in your own Jacuzzi tub and enjoy the spectacular sunsets behind Vancouver Island.
Alderwood Farm Cozy Cottage
Alderwood Farm Cozy Cottage
1351 Adams Road
Bowen Island
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Our Bowen Island cottage offers an inviting getaway for two in a warm décor of natural wood, tile and stained-glass. Amenities include a small fridge, microwave, electric kettle, coffee maker, George Forman Grill and a two-burner stove. Guests are also welcome to dine in our covered ceremonial rock garden and have use of the outdoor kitchen and barbeque.
Hollyhock
Hollyhock
Box 127, Manson's Landing
Cortes Island
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Non-profit Hollyhock has a spectacular waterfront setting on Cortes Island. A stunning half-hectare organic garden is at its heart with veggies, flowers and herbs harvested daily used in all our locavore, buffet meals. Accommodations include ocean-front to forest cabins and tent sites. As Canada's preeminent lifelong learning centre, we offer a wide range of educational and leadership programs.
Blue Owl Bed and Breakfast
Blue Owl Bed and Breakfast
8850 Owl Crescent
Denman Island
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Our B&B is tucked in a private, peaceful little corner on Denman Island. It's a cozy, all-season cottage - just the place to relax, retreat and unwind any time of the year. You are close to parks, trails, the beach and lake. We provide a continental-style breakfast with many choices in your own private setting. Choices include fresh roasted organic coffee, teas, organic juices and local produce.
Page's Resort & Marina
Page's Resort & Marina
3350 Coast Road
Gabriola Island
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Five acres overlooking Silva Bay on Gabriola Island: 1 & 2 bedroom Cottages with kitchen, comfortable living room, wood burning fireplace, large deck with view; campground with showers, laundry & picnic area; Marina with moorage & fuel dock; Activities in the bay include diving, kayaking, fishing, cycling & hikes; minutes from golf, groceries & restaurant.
Page's Inn on Silva Bay
Page's Inn on Silva Bay
3415 South Road
Gabriola Island
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At Page's Inn on Silva Bay, we offer our guests spacious, private oceanfront accommodations in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. All our fully equipped suites and our new executive meeting room have stunning views across Silva Bay and the Flat Top Islands. Our spacious suites include either full kitchens or kitchenettes. Guests can comfortably dine en suite or cook-out on the nearby BBQ.
Bradsdadsland Waterfront Camping
Bradsdadsland Waterfront Camping
2105 Shingle Spit Road
Hornby Island
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Our family oriented camp-resort is on the bluffs above Lambert channel on the west coast of Hornby Island. We offer private, grassy, roomy, sun/shade campsites. We have a strict policy of No music (radios, car stereos, etc) - whispers after 11 PM. We are very busy in peak summer months. Think about coming to our beautiful location earlier in the spring or after Labour Day. We are open all year.
Mayne Island Resort
Mayne Island Resort
494 Arbutus Dr
Mayne Island
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Located on Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands, this resort features a full spa. An indoor pool and hot tub are also on-site. Panoramic ocean views are available from each room. The rooms are equipped with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light. A fitness center and steam bath provide guests with ample opportunity for relaxation. Barbecue facilities are available for guest use.
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
1 Lighthouse Road
Quadra Island
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The Laichwiltach people conceived and built a modern, full-service beach-front lodge on Quadra Island. It is one of the few lodges featuring authentic Pacific Coast native architecture, art, and culture based on traditional Kwagiulth historical values. The lodge exudes the warmth of west coast wood construction and features the design of a Kwagiulth "Big House" as the main foyer and lounge area.
Orca Lodge
Orca Lodge
500 First Street
Sointula
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Just 2 1/2 hours north of Campbell River and a 30 minute ferry ride will bring you to the start of your Island Escape. Orca Lodge offers private and exclusive beachfront accommodation in sunny Sointula on Malcolm Island. Your suite at Orca Lodge is so close to the water that at high tide you will feel like you are floating on a boat. At low tide there is an abundance of sea life to discover.
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Downtown Sointula:  1.8km
Green Acres Lakeside Cottage Resort
Green Acres Lakeside Cottage Resort
241 Langs Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Hastings House
Hastings House
160 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Wetherly Inn & Spa
Wetherly Inn & Spa
169 Armand Way
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Skipping Stone Beach B&B
Skipping Stone Beach B&B
960 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Salt Spring Inn Ltd
Salt Spring Inn Ltd
132 Lower Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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This decorative hotel is located just across from Salt Spring Island Visitor Information in Ganges. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Rooms at this hotel offer a flat-screen TV and a luxurious pillowtop bed. Deluxe Rooms also feature a fireplace, a private bathroom and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the outdoor deck or relax by the fireplace in the lounge area.
Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
1460 North Beach Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Mariner’s Loft
Mariner’s Loft
118 Rainbow Rd
Salt Spring Island
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We are perched directly across from the largest inner harbour and marina in the Gulf Islands. We offer 7 fully furnished luxury suites, each accommodating up to 6 people. You can walk to restaurants, grocery stores, shops, beaches and parks. Fly directly into the harbour on a float plane, or moor your boat and we're just steps away.
Long Harbour Bed and Breakfast and Cottage
Long Harbour Bed and Breakfast and Cottage
120 Little Mountain 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.
Beachside Salt Spring Island
Beachside Salt Spring Island
163 Fulford-Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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Offering beautiful views over Ganges Harbour, this Salt Spring Island suite features access to a number of outdoor activities. Free Wi-Fi is provided. A fully equipped kitchen, cable TV and a DVD player are found in the spacious suite. The accommodation is located above an outdoor store and offers a selection of hiking, kayaking and sailing excursions. Massage services can also be arranged.
Le Gite d'Etape
Le Gite d'Etape
157 Forest Ridge Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Cleft in the Rock
Cleft in the Rock
1000 A Westcliff Road
Denman Island
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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.
WurHere Bed and Breakfast
WurHere Bed and Breakfast
3200 Coast Road
Gabriola 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 Oceanfront Inn and Spa
Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
134 Madrona Drive
Galiano Island
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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.
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
673 Hotel Road
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!
April Point Resort & Spa
April Point Resort & Spa
903 April Point Road
Quadra Island
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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.

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