Explore Our Southern Gulf Islands


When was the last time you explored the Islands Next Door?

Winter is a great times to visit the Southern Gulf Islands – for outdoor adventure, farm-fresh food and drink, arts and culture entertainment and wellness retreats.  Romantic 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 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!

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!

Year round options for accommodation cater to various tastes and budgets.  Beautifully appointed B & B’s abound in forest, farm or ocean settings with inspired breakfasts featuring locally sourced ingredients.  Lakefront cabins and cottages are great for families and groups – most have real wood burning fireplaces or wood stoves.  Resorts, hotels and spas round out the mix, with choices that meet the needs of higher-end travellers.

Ocean and farm-fresh culinary bounty is presented by chefs and food producers who honour local ingredients prepared for you with unique west-coast flair.  The harvest is celebrated with festivals and events for kids of all ages!   Each island offer alternative and traditional healing arts, yoga, meditation and spiritual pursuits.  Rounding out the mix is our arts and culture scene, live music, markets and galleries and great shopping and services – by locals who are passionate about our communities!

It’s always a great time to visit the Southern Gulf Islands!  Learn more and plan your trip by linking to any of the communities on this site or visit the BC Ferries website.


Read the great article from Western Living Magazine here!

Southern Gulf Islands at a glance

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. 
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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.

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.