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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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Manna House
Manna House
1901 East Road
Denman Island
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
3806 Denman Road Box 9
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.
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
9801 Spalding Road
Pender Island
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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.
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.
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
1 Lighthouse Road
Quadra Island
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This oceanfront Quathiaski Cove guest accommodation offers a restaurant and sauna located on site. All rooms include free Wi-Fi. A private deck or balcony with ocean and mountain views is featured in all rooms. Offering plush furnishings and large windows, all rooms include tea and coffee-making facilities. Guests can take a stroll on the walking trails surrounding the accommodation.
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.
Woodstone Country Inn
Woodstone Country Inn
743 Georgeson Bay Road
Galiano Island
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Set on 9 acres of private forest land on Galiano Island, Woodstone Manor is a magical place to enjoy a romantic getaway or family vacation. Our unique dining Room & Patio offers menus of food prepared by our executive chef! With only 12 rooms, it's the perfect size for an intimate wedding or to gather with family and friends for a celebration.
Beachfront at Vesuvius
Beachfront at Vesuvius
120 Langley Road
Salt Spring Island
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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.
Whiskey Point Resort
Whiskey Point Resort
725 Quathiaski Cove Road
Quadra Island
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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.
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.
Wood Creek Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Wood Creek Cottage Bed and Breakfast
3903 South Island Highway
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.
Driftwood Village Resort
Driftwood Village Resort
205 Bluff Road E
Galiano Island
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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.

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