Southern Gulf Islands

Southern Gulf Islands

The Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, lie between Vancouver Island and the North American mainland just north of the Canada-US border. To the south are the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

Galiano, Mayne, Pender, and Saturna islands are easily accessible on BC Ferries from Swartz Bay near Victoria and Tsawwassen south of Vancouver. On summer weekends, vehicle reservations are essential from Tsawwassen but not accepted at all at Swartz Bay. The Gulf Islands are the perfect choice for a mini vacation.

Bed and breakfast accommodations are available on all of the islands and a few upscale resorts are also present. Cottages can be rented by the week. The mountain and coastal trails are ideal for hikers with deer, raccoons, bald eagles, otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and (if you're lucky) killer whales to be seen along the way. The forests are largely undisturbed.

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Active Pass River Otter, Galiano Island Midden, Galiano Island Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park, Galiano

The Vancouver ferry entering Active Pass between Galiano and Mayne islands.

A curious river otter by the shore on the southwest side of Galiano Island.

A midden (ancient village site) in Dionisio Point Provincial Park on Galiano.

An idyllic beach in Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park on Galiano Island.

Georgina Point Lighthouse on Mayne Miners Bay, Mayne Island Japanese Memorial Garden, Mayne Halliday Ridge, Mayne

The Georgina Point Lighthouse on Mayne faces the entrance to Active Pass.

Numerous old buildings from the 1890s are in Miners Bay on Mayne Island.

The Japanese Memorial Garden on Mayne Island is one of the finest in Canada.

A view down Horton Bay from Halliday Ridge in Mount Parke Park on Mayne.

Viewing Platform on Mount Norman, South Pender Bridge between North and South Pender Magic Lake, North Pender Mount Baker from Pender Island

South Pender Island as seen from the viewing platform on Mount Norman.

A wooden bridge links North Pender Island to South Pender Island.

Magic Lake is a popular residential neighbourhood on North Pender Island.

Mount Baker (3,286 meters) in Washington State is visible from these islands.

Boat Pass, Saturna Starfish at East Point, Saturna Saturna Vineyards and Winery Ferry leaving Saturna

The strong tidal flow through Boat Pass between Samuel Island and Saturna.

Starfish are visible at low tide at East Point on Saturna Island.

Saturna Vineyards and Winery is on the southwest side of Saturna Island.

The ferry MV Mayne Queen sails from Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island.

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