Island Hopping

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Island Hopping on the Southern Gulf Islands

The Southern Gulf Islands are recognized as a nature filled, world-classed destination to visit, including being recently featured in the New York Times as one of the “52 Places to go in 2016”. Have some island hopping fun and find out what all of the fuss is about! 

Enjoy Galiano Island’s festivals and arts scene including the Kunamokst Mural, along with hiking delights.
Mayne Island offers laid-back charms, markets and dining options and beautiful views from the Georgina Point Lighthouse. Pender Island offers two islands to explore, beaches and seaside vistas, several accessible marina’s, numerous hiking trails and vibrant friendly people with community spirit to share! Visit Salt Spring Island for our Saturday Market and stay for cultural options where you are surrounded by parks to play in. Saturna Island offers an abundance of nature including East Point Park and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – one of Canada’s Newest National Parks! All trips are on BC Ferries except Saturday trips on Gulf Islands Water Taxi.

 

Please note: 

The schedule goes to June 26th and is subject to change on Holiday Mondays – please confirm by checking the BC Ferries website.  Please make reservations where possible. 

Enjoy your adventure in the Gulf Islands!  For information on island activities and where to stay, visit www.southerngulfislands.com

Fares:

BC Ferries: Passengers (walk-on each way) 12 & Older: $5.70; 5-11 Years Old: $2.85; 5 and under: Free Standard Vehicles (excludes driver and passengers): $12.20 Motorcycles: $6.10 Bicycles: $2.00

Permanently disabled & escort (walk-on each way): 12 & Older: $2.85; 5-11 Years Old: $1.40; 5 and under: Free Seniors (walk-on each way): Monday to Thursday excluding Statutory Holidays: Free  

BC Experience Card: Passenger (walk-on each way) 12 & Older: $3.80; 5-11 Years Old: $1.90; 5 and under: Free Standard Vehicles (excludes driver and passengers): $8.20 Motorcycles: $4.10

Gulf Islands Water Taxi: Adult: $20 One-Way $30 Round-Trip Children 2-12 years: $15 One-Way $20 Round-Trip www.gulfislandswatertaxi.com

5 Tips to Beat the Ferry Line Ups and Save Money

  1. Plan ahead! The connections on the ferries between the Southern Gulf Islands are sometimes convoluted and tricky. 
     
  2. Check your ferry departure times twice (or three times) and look for travel advisories on the BC Ferries website
     
  3. Make reservations for those trips that accept reservations (usually trips to the Mainland or the Victoria - Vancouver run) and be there 45 minutes ahead of time or your reservations will be cancelled.
     
  4. Allow for enough time (at least 30 - 60 minutes depending on season and departure time) on those trips around the Southern Gulf Islands that don't have the option to reserve. Depending on the season and the ferry you're taking, they can overload quickly.
     
  5. Look for the exclamation mark next to the departure time, these ferries tend to be the busiest and should be avoided to take stress out of your trips.
     
  6. Use a BCExperience Card instead of paying per trip at the booth. A BC Experience Card can be used on all BC ferry rides and offers substantial discounts for trips around the Southern Gulf Islands. There aren't any discounts for the Victoria-Vancouver trip, but the amount stored to the card (min $150) can be used against these trips anyways.

 

To get started, go directly to the BC Ferries Schedule for the Southern Gulf Islands.

Here's the BC Ferries Fare Schedule for the Southern Gulf Islands and other destinations.

Ferries don't work for you? Consider a Gulf Islands Water Taxi: $30 Round Trip 

 

Enjoy your adventure in the Gulf Islands! For information on island activities and where to stay, you can start your research on our Southern Gulf Island pages.

 

From Galiano Island 

Travel on Monday - Friday

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Village Bay at 6:30am, 11:15am, or 12:10pm. Return to Galiano at 5:20pm (M-Th) or 5:30pm (Fri)

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Galiano the next day at 7:50am or 5:20pm (M-Th) or 5:30pm (Fri)

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Otter Bay at 11:15am. Return to Galiano at 7:40pm (Mon-Th)

Overnight: Spend the night Return to Galiano the next day at 7:15am

Salt Spring Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Long Harbour at 11:15am. Return to Galiano at 3:35pm (Mon-Th)

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Galiano at 6:25am (Mon-Fri) or 3:35pm (Mon-Th)

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna. Depart Sturdies Bay to Lyall Harbour at 7:50pm (Fri), 8:20pm (Mon-Th). Return to Galiano the next day at 6:15am or 10:30am (Mon-Fri), 4:25pm (Mon-Th) or 4:30 pm (Fri)

Travel on Saturday

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Village Bay at 11:50am. Return to Galiano at 8:55pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Galiano the next day at 8:25am

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Otter Bay at 7:05am, or 11:50am. Return to Galiano at 4:05pm, or 8:20pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Galiano the next day at 10:05am.

Salt Spring Island

Day Trip: Depart Sturdies Bay to Long Harbour at 9:25am. Return to Galiano at 3:15pm, or 7:30pm.

Day Trip: Gulf Islands Water Taxi Depart Sturdies Bay at 9:50am. Return to Galiano at 3:00pm from Ganges Harbour.

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Galiano the next day at 12:10pm. 

Saturna Island

Overnight: Depart Sturdies Bay to Lyall Harbour at 7:50pm on Friday. Return to Galiano the next day at 9:55am.


 

From Mayne Island

Travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Village Bay to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 7:50 or 11:35am. Return to Mayne at 8:20pm (M-Th), 5:10 or 7:50pm (Fri)

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Mayne at 11:15am or 12:10pm (M-Fri), 7:10am (Sat)

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart Village Bay to Otter Bay, Pender at 7:15am, or 11:25am. Return to Mayne at 5:30pm, or 9:00pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Mayne at 7:15am (M-Fri), 6:30, 9:10 or 10:30am (Sat)

Salt Spring Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Salt Spring. Depart Village Bay to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 12:00pm. Return to Mayne the next day at 6:20am

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna. Depart Village Bay to Lyall Harbour, Saturna at 9:35pm. Return to Mayne the next day at 10:30am, or at 4:40pm (Tues- Wed) or 4:50 pm (Thurs)  

Travel on Saturday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Village Bay to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 11:05am, or 10:55am. Return to Mayne at 5:40pm or 11:05pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Mayne the next day at 10:40 or 11am

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart from Village Bay to Otter Bay, Pender at 7:45, 10:45 or 11:05am. Return to Mayne from Pender at 3:25, 4:30 or 7:40pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Mayne the next day at 3:05 or 7:10pm

Salt Spring Island

Day Trip: Gulf Islands Water Taxi – Depart Miner’s Bay at 10:00am. Return to Mayne at 3:00pm from Ganges Harbour

Overnight:  Spend the night. Return to Mayne the next day at 6:15am or 3:30pm

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna. Depart Village Bay to Lyall Harbour, Saturna at 10:45am. Return the next day at 6:45am, 10:25am or 3:20pm

Travel on Sunday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Village Bay to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 11:05am. Return to Mayne at 5:40pm

Overnight:  Spend the night. Return to Mayne the next day at 10:40am or 11am

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart from Village Bay to Otter Bay, Pender at 7:30, 11:15 or 11:40am. Return to Mayne from Pender at 3:05 or 7:10pm

Overnight:  Spend the night. Return to Mayne the next day at 7:15am, 4:25pm or 8:45pm

Salt Spring Island

Day Trip: Depart  Village Bay to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 11:40am. Return to Mayne the next day at 6:25am (Mon-Fri) or 3:35pm (Mon-Th)

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna. Depart Village Bay to Lyall Harbour, Saturna at 8:25pm. Return the next day at 6:15am, 10:30am (Mon-Fri) or 4:25pm (Mon-Thurs)  

 


 

From Pender Island 

Travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Otter Bay to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 7:15am. Return to Pender at 6:05pm, or 8:40pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Pender the next day at 11:15am (M-Fri) or 11:40 (Sat)

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Otter Bay to Village Bay, Mayne at 7:15am. Return to Pender at 11:30am, 5:30pm (M-Th), 7:45am, 10:45am, 11:05am (Sat)

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Pender at 7:05, 11:30am or on Saturday at 7:45am, 11:05am or 4pm

Salt Spring Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Salt Spring. Depart  Otter Bay to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 12:25pm. Return to Pender the next day at 6:25am (M-Fri), 3:35pm (M-Th) or 4:05pm (Fri)

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna . Depart  Otter Bay to Lyall Harbour, Saturna at 8:45pm. Return the next day at 10:30am, or 4:25pm (Tues-Wed only)

Travel on Saturday

Galiano Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Galiano. Depart Otter Bay to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 10:30am. Return to Pender the next day at 10:40 or 11am

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Otter Bay to Village Bay, Mayne at 8:30am, 9:10am or 10:30am. Return to Pender at 4pm

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Pender the next day at 7:30, 11:15, 11:40am or 3:40pm.

Salt Spring Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Salt Spring, Depart Otter Bay to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 9:10am, 11:20am or 3:25pm. Return the next day at 6:45am or 10:25am

 


 

From Salt Spring Island

Travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Long Harbour to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at either 6:25am (M-Fri), or 3:35pm (M-Th). Return to Salt Spring at 11:15am(M-Fri), or 8:20pm(M-Th

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Salt Spring at 11:15am (M-Fri) or 10:35am (Sat).

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Long Harbour to Village Bay, Mayne at 6:25am (M-Fri) or 3:35pm (M-Th) Return to Salt Spring at 11:50am (M-Fri) or 8:55pm(M-Th)

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Salt Spring at 11:50am(M-Fri).

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart Long Harbour to Otter Bay, Pender at either 6:25am (M-Fri), or 3:35pm (M-Th). Return to Salt Spring at 12:25pm(M-Fri), or 8:50pm (Fri only).

Overnight: Spend the night. Return to Salt Spring at 12:25pm(M-Fri).

Saturna Island

Overnight: Depart Long Harbour to Otter Bay, Pender at 3:35pm. Enjoy the late afternoon on Pender and take the 8:45pm ferry to Lyall Harbour, Saturna leaving from Pender.  Spend the night. Return the next day direct to Salt Spring at 10:30am, or take a ferry from Saturna to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 4:25pm(M-Th) or 4:30pm(Fri), and then from Galiano back to Salt Spring at 8:20pm(M-Th) or 11:05pm(Sat).

Travel on Saturday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Gulf Islands Water Taxi: Depart Ganges Harbour at 9:00am. Return to Salt Spring from Sturdies Bay at 4:00pm from Ganges Harbour.

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Gulf Islands Water Taxi – Depart Ganges Harbour at 9:00am. Return to Salt Spring at 3:50pm from Miner’s Bay

Travel on Sunday

Galiano Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Galiano. Depart Long Harbour to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 6:55pm and return to Salt Spring the next day at 11:15am

Mayne Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Mayne. Depart Long Harbour to Village Bay, Mayne at 3:30pm and return to Salt Spring the next day at 11:50am

Pender Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Pender. Depart Long Harbour to Otter Bay, Pender at 6:15am and return to Salt Spring the next day at 12:25pm

Saturna Island

Overnight: Spend the night on Saturna. Depart Long Harbour to Lyall Harbour, Saturna at 7:15am and return to Salt Spring the next day at 10:30am


 

From Saturna Island 

Travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Sturdies Bay. Galiano at 6:15am or 10:30am. Return to Saturna from Galiano 8:20pm

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Village Bay, Mayne at 6:15am. Return to Saturna from Mayne at 9:20pm.

Pender Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Otter Bay, Pender at 6:15am (transfer at Mayne), or 10:30am. Return to Saturna from Pender at 8:45pm

Salt Spring Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 10:30am (transfer at Mayne, Pender). Return to Saturna by taking the 3:35pm ferry to Galiano from Salt Spring, and take the 8:20pm ferry from Galiano to Saturna.

Travel on Friday

Galiano Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Sturdies Bay, Galiano at 6:15am or 10:30am. Return to Saturna from Galiano at 7:50pm

Mayne Island

Day Trip: Depart Lyall Harbour to Village Bay, Mayne at 6:15am or 10:30am. Return to Saturna from Mayne at 8:30pm

Pender Island

Overnight Trip: Spend the night on Pender. Depart Lyall Harbour to Otter Bay, Pender at 6:15am or 10:30am.  Return to Saturna from Pender the next day at 3:25pm or 8:15pm

Saturna Island

Weekend Trip: Spend the weekend on Salt Spring.  Depart Lyall Harbour to Long Harbour, Salt Spring at 10:30am (transfer at Mayne, Pender).  Return to Saturna on Sunday at 7:15am

Southern Gulf Islands at a glance

Galiano Island

Experience all the magic of British Columbia's Wild West Coast on the Gulf Island closest to Vancouver. Ancient Forests, Rocky Heights, Sandstone & Pebble Beaches and Stunning Views are all waiting for you to explore on Galiano.

Mayne Island

Mayne Island is a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) island in the southern Gulf Islands chain of British Columbia. It is situated midway between the Lower Mainland of BC and Vancouver Island, and has a population of 1071.

Pender Island

Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island consists of two islands, North Pender and South Pender, which are separated by a narrow canal connected by a one-lane bridge.
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Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island is truly a nature lovers’ paradise! With spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and the moderate climate, a variety of activities can be comfortably pursued all months of the year.

Saturna Island

Saturna Island is known for its onshore whale watching, for playing disc golf at Thomson Park, for its peace and quiet and natural beauty.