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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
Taste local wines
Taste local wine and cider on Pender Island at Sea Star Vineyards and Twin Island Cider.
Explore scenic beaches
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.
Swim or kayak
Swim in the ocean from one of the many spectacular beach access points on every island, or adventure farther on a kayaking trip through calm bays and inlets.
Check out sandstone caves
Check out the incredible geological formations at Retreat Cove. These gorgeous sandstone caves are the perfect place to relax and watch the waves.
Hike local trails
Go hiking around local trails on Galiano Island and soak in the coastal views.
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.
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.
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.
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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