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An aerial landscape view of Salt Spring Island by the Strait of Georgia as a ferry approaches the island in BC

Southern Gulf Islands, BC


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.

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The rocks and tide pools by the waters of the Strait of Georgia in Cable Bay on Galiano Island BC

Galiano Island

Unwind in the natural beauty of Galiano Island, rich with lush forests and sandstone beaches. Try a variety of water sports or simply sit back and enjoy stunning views.

Person relaxing and laying on hammock by the beach during sunset on Pender Island BC

Pender Island

Discover The Penders (two islands linked by a small bridge), popular for relaxing retreats, romantic escapes and family fun, and offer many beautiful beaches and lots of water sports. 

Camping spot at rocky point where several tents are set up right by the ocean with purple sunset on Salt Spring Island BC

Salt Spring Island

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. 

A wooden pier leading out into the open waters facing a small nearby island at Bennet Bay on Mayne Island during sunset

Mayne Island

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. 



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