Explore the Southern Gulf Islands, BC

Fall is a great time to visit the Southern Gulf Islands . Nestled between Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Mainland, the Southern Gulf Islands are a perfect getaway for outdoor adventure, farm-fresh food and drink, arts and culture entertainment and wellness retreats. Long walks in the woods and along beaches make for memorable family time or for romantic couple’s escapes. And at the end of the day, tuck into one of our many places to stay on our islands in front of a fire and a warm embrace!

The Southern Gulf Islands are recognized as a world-classed destination to visit, including being recently featured in the New York Times as one of the “52 Places to go in 2016”. Why not spend some time on neighbouring islands, have some island hopping fun and find out what all of the fuss is about!

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Mayne Island - Galiano Island - Pender Island - Saturna Island - Saltspring Island

 

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When life is busy AND you’re desiring maximum relaxation, going by @saltspringair floatplane is one of the best ways to achieve a quick getaway. How about this weekend, where you can take in the Saturday Market and the Sip And Savour Salt Spring Harvest Food & Drink Festival? 🥗🍢🧀🍷🥂🍻 A magical summer moment on Salt Spring Island. A great place to book for your next getaway.
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📷 by @jonsuk A panoramic view from aboard #BCFerries Salish Eagle. Swipe left to see the whole vista ⬅️🤚🏼
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📷 by @jonsuk New horizons.
We extend a warm welcome to one of the new @bcferries vessels, Salish Eagle, which entered into service in the #southerngulfislands this week.
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📷 by @jonsuk When you visit the Southern Gulf Islands, one of the @bcferries vessels you might get to be aboard is the Queen of Cumberland. This ferry makes regular trips to Pender, Mayne, Saturna and Galiano islands. Here, she cruises past Beaver Point on Salt Spring Island at sunset, bound for her berth at Swartz Bay.
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📷 by @jonsuk A beautiful sail past along Pender Island by tall ship training vessels, “Pacific Grace” and “Pacific Swift.”
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📷 @JonSuk “Fly me to the moon…”
…or at least to the Southern Gulf Islands 😉 Sausages…er…sea lions lounging on shoals at low tide. A common sight in the Salish Sea. 🌊 Excited to open the envelope and see the free @parks.canada Discovery Pass to celebrate Canada 150. Did you know the Southern Gulf Islands are home to one of the country’s newest national parks, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve? 
Adventures ahead! 📷: @jonsuk Thank you to our followers, visitors and islanders for an amazing year of experiencing the magic and discovery of the Southern Gulf Islands. Here are our #2016bestnine most liked images. We loved all the contributions of photographers who shared their wonderful captures around our islands. Let the adventure continue in 2017! The lights are on at Mayne Island!
Lighting of the Japanese Garden
December 17th to 31st – 5pm to 7 pm except Christmas Eve
Dinner Bay, Mayne Island. Happy Winter Solstice! ❄☀️😎
Longer days, eggnog and good cheer ahead! 📷 This morning’s sunrise captured from aboard @gulfislandswatertaxi M.V. Ganges Hawk by @jonsuk Monday vibes ✨👌🏼
❄️🌲❄️🌲❄️ Rainy day + comfort food + romantic stroll = bliss Galiano Island, along with  other places in the Southern Gulf Islands, are adorned with these beautiful and intricate sandstone formations at the shorelines, also known as Tafoni. A must-see.
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📷 Wonderfully captured by @exploregaliano Morning commute, Gulf Islands style.
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PC: 📷by @jonsuk Captivating beauty of the Salish Sea. It never loses its lustre. ✨
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Active Pass, looking toward Helen Point on Mayne Island. Captured at sunset from aboard @BCFerries Coastal Celebration.
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📷 by @jonsuk That sudden jolt of excitement when spotting an orca, whale or porpoise; does it ever diminish? Never.
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Here is one of those moments captured by @miss.muscles near Pender Island. How lucky! Between the storms. The clouds might keep people away, but this is what makes us stay.
📷Beautiful capture by @mywildcoast, describes perfectly: “Fall days that feel like summer on Galiano, and the whole beach to yourself.” 👌🏼 Might this be the wild west coast of Vancouver Island? It’s actually the Salish Sea. This storm watching video by @exploregaliano shows the awesome power of the ocean. The smaller of those logs can be hundreds of kilos each, and larger ones are a tonne or more. 🌊