Explore BC’s Beautiful Gulf Islands
Be sure to visit at least one of the beautiful Gulf Islands if you and your family are thinking about a vacation to British Columbia, Canada. A magnificent string of around one hundred small, large and mostly inhabited islands situated between the mainland of British Columbia and beautiful Vancouver Island.
Located in the Strait of Georgia, the islands are easy to gain access to from either the mainland or from Vancouver Island.
Take the world re-known British Columbia passenger ferry service to a number of more popular Gulf Islands. The scenic beauty you will experience makes ferry travel alone, worth the cost of the ticket to cross to and from the islands. BC Ferries offers outstanding passenger and vehicle ferry services for many coastal and island communities in British Columbia. The ferries are beautifully equipped and one of the leading and safest passenger and vehicle ferry transportation services in the world.
Be sure to have your camera at the ready as it is quite common to catch a glimpse of sea life including sea lions, seals and the magnificent black and white “ Killer Whales. ”
The Magnificent Orca or Killer Whale
Experience the Beauty and Serenity
Visitors and British Columbian’s alike love to escape to the beauty and peaceful setting of life on the Gulf Islands. For many living in the big Cities, escaping to the islands is a chance to relax and experience the peace and quiet, low – key atmosphere and friendly hospitality of the locals. Visit the local towns and villages throughout the islands and experience fine homemade cooking, comfortable B & B’s and purchase fine local arts and crafts.
Gulf Islands – Activities for the Whole Family
If you and your family love the great outdoors, then you will love the Gulf Islands. Go camping at the many beautiful seaside Provincial campgrounds, go biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking or whatever you love to do best, the islands are a perfect destination. Nothing beats taking your family holidays in Beautiful British Columbia!
For those that prefer a more relaxed and quiet vacation, then you have come to the right place as well. Stroll along the seashore, in the towns and villages, shop, enjoy the many restaurants serving fresh homemade meals and just relax. The Gulf Islands are perfect if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
Enjoy salmon fishing, sailing or scuba diving. These islands are ideal for these types of activities on the water. Experience some of the best fishing and diving in the world in British Columbia’s Pacific Ocean all year round.
One of the Many Beautiful Gulf Islands
Situated between the islands is the Capital City of Victoria on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. This picturesque city is always consistently voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you do choose to visit the surrounding islands, heading to Victoria definitely should be included in your visit to BC.
Many visitors choose to take the ferry directly across from the mainland to Vancouver Island, tour the many attractions and destinations this island has to offer and then hop a smaller ferry afterwards to one of the more popular Gulf Islands during their stay. A great way of taking advantage of what the west coast of Canada has to offer!
BC Ferries in Active Pass
Some of the most popular and larger islands that BC Ferries travel to include:
- Saltspring Island
- Mayne Island
- Saturna Island
- Pender Island
- Galiano Island
One of the most visited and perhaps the most picturesque destinations for visitors on Vancouver Island are the town of Tofino and the world re-known Long Beach. A magnificent coastal beach that attracts visitors all year long, offering scenery that will leave you breathless!
Go Whale Watching in Tofino BC
On the mainland side is the City of Vancouver, BC’s largest, located on the shores of the Pacific. Vancouver is a wonderful city to include in your visit to British Columbia and the neighboring Gulf Islands as well. There are attractions galore to keep you and your family entertained at any time of the year while enjoying on family vacation.
British Columbia’s west coast boasts the warmest climate in Canada, making travel extremely popular year round. Consistent mild temperatures throughout the winter months with little to no snow, where playing a game of golf at Christmas is not out of the ordinary!
So why not start planning your next vacation to British Columbia’s Beautiful Gulf Islands with your family this season and see what you have been missing!