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Gulf Islands To Explore In British Columbia

gulf islands british columbia

gulf islands british columbia

They don’t call it Beautiful British Columbia for nothing. Our province is one of the most stunning places on earth.

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The Gulf Islands are no exception; nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland—there are tons of amazing spots to check out and explore.

Here are six Gulf Island communities you should add to your “visit soon” list.

Gabriola Island


The tranquil and laid-back vibe of this Island offers an artsy and quirky place to spend a weekend away. Go fishing for salmon or halibut or go for a hike in the verdant forests.

Salt Spring Island


An easy favourite, Salt Spring Island offers amazing scenery and a rich cultural scene—making it a top tourism destination in BC. Enjoy many activities here such as hiking, kayaking, biking, golfing, or swimming.

Pender Islands


The gorgeous Pender Islands are full of small and secluded beaches. There are also lots of farms and countryside— making it the perfect place to go for a bike ride. Of course, there’s a ton of water activities and a booming arts scene.

Denman Island


The perfect spot to enjoy wilderness and wildlife. They have lots of festivals, art galleries and orchards. There’s also lots of cool spots to go hiking and kayaking.

Mayne Island

gulf islands british columbiaPhoto: ColinK. / Flickr

A quaint little place that is known for its collection of 19th century buildings. It’s also a good spot to see some whales in their natural habitat! Enjoy biking, boating and swimming on this gorgeous Island.

Saturna Island


Home to the incredible Mount Warburton Pike, this is the most remote of the southern Gulf Islands. There’s an incredible vineyard and plenty of opportunities to view wildlife, go hiking or tour artist’s home studios.


Featured photo via Takashi Toyooka. Content photos via Hello BC, unless otherwise specified.

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