This Gulf Island Map contains many links to Town, Ferry
Terminal and Ferry Route pages. Click on a live link
to view the desired page.
There are seven major islands in the southern half of
the Strait of Georgia. Among them, Galiano Island has
always enjoyed the reputation of being the most welcoming
to visitors. This is due in large part to the limited
amount of farmland on Galiano in comparison to other islands.
Of necessity, early settlers here opened their homes to
tourists as a way of earning a living.
Today, Galiano is a hub for sea-kayak trips and the site
of the Montague Harbour Provincial Marine park, one of
the largest provincial marine parks on any of the islands.
This isn't to say that residents of the other islands
won't be just as pleased to see you disembark at the dock.
Indeed, tourism is important to the livelihood and economic
well-being of most of the Gulf Islands, although some
are better prepared for it than others.
in advance which island suits your purposes best, then
consult a BC Ferries schedule to see if you can manage
the connections in the course of a day's visit or whether
you'll have to seek overnight accommodation. Except in
summer months, ferry service to many islands is restricted
to one or two sailings a day. You may find that in order
to catch a ride you'll have to start your day well before
dawn and return home late in the evening. The trade-off
is that you'll find far fewer visitors sharing the roads,
waterways and parks with you as you travel at off-peak
Northern Gulf Islands
These islands, part of a chain of 6,000 islands that shelter
the British Columbia coastline between Washington and
Alaska, lie beyond the quick-access range of Vancouver
and Victoria. The fleet of BC Ferries that services them
is not as large nor are the sailings as frequent. Others
can only be reached by private transportation such as
water taxis, kayaks, canoes, or powerboats and occasionally
airplanes. Visitors will find that the further north in
the Strait of Georgia that they explore, the fewer fellow
travellers they'll encounter. The wonderful silence that
envelops these islands is characteristic of the ambience
in remote central coast locales. It wasn't always this
way. In the heyday of fishing and logging camps, the population
on the more isolated islands was surprisingly higher than
it is today. Evidence of this can be seen in the abandoned
cabins, ancient villages, and overgrown logging roads.
Explore by car, kayak, mountain bike or on foot. Find
a location that appeals to you, and within this microcosm,
experience the wonder and magic that pervades life here.
Getting to the
Southern Gulf Islands - link to The Gulf Islands Ferry
Getting to the Northern Gulf Islands
Lasqueti Island is reached by foot ferry from French
Creek, a short distance north of Parksville. Denman
Island is reached by BC Ferries from Buckley
Bay with a link from Gravelly Bay on Denman's east
side with Shingle Spit on Hornby Island. Ferries to both
islands transport vehicles.
Quadra Island's Quathiaski Cove is reached by BC Ferries
from Campbell River.
BC Ferries also links Heriot Bay on Quadra and Whaletown
Bay on Cortes Island.
Texada Island is reached by BC Ferries from Powell
River on the Sunshine Coast. This ferry transports
vehicles to Blubber Bay at the north end of the island.
Savary Island and the Copeland Islands Provincial Marine
Park are only accessible by private boat or water taxi
from Lund on the Sunshine Coast. Air transportation is
available to all islands, with the exception of Jedediah,
Sandy and the Copelands.