Escape, unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands. Each island has its own culture and ambience, and all have a relaxed vibe and year-round good weather, spectacular natural beauty, abundant arts and crafts, and plenty of water sports.
If you want a romantic getaway, a family reunion, a trip with friends, or an action-packed adventure, you can find everything you need on the Southern Gulf Islands.
Top things to do
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Taste local wines
Taste local wine and cider on Pender Island at Sea Star Vineyards and Twin Island Cider.
Stroll along the beaches or through the towns, enjoying island life. Or step up your pace and hike island trails or bike along quiet island roads, past farmlands, vineyards, lighthouses and scenic beaches.
Visit the largest Southern Gulf Island, famous for sunshine, scenery, relaxation, freshly-picked organic produce, and local art. Salt Spring Island is located between Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, and is easy to get to from any direction with three ferry terminals: Vesuvius Bay, Fulford Harbour and Long Harbour.
Take the ferry from Victoria (Swartz Bay), Vancouver (Tsawwassen) or from another Southern Gulf Island to the unspoiled and quiet Mayne Island. The sandy beaches, picturesque sea views and laid-back atmosphere make this island the perfect place to relax.