Northern Gulf Islands
The Northern Gulf Islands each have distinct island cultures and charms. The farther north you travel, the more sparsely populated and wonderfully quiet the islands become. Part of a chain of 6,000 islands that dot the British Columbia coastline between Washington and Alaska, the Northern Gulf Islands include Quadra, Cortes, Denman, Hornby, Texada, Lasqueti, Jedediah, Rendezvous and Savary. Their mild weather allows year-round fishing, camping, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, camping, bear watching and whale-watching. Surprisingly, during the days of logging, fur trade and fishing camps, the islands’ populations were higher than today; you can still explore the abandoned villages and settlements for a glimpse into the past. Today, you can access most of these islands easily by car and ferry.
Top 5 things to do
- Go hiking on coastal or mountain trails
- Canoe, kayak and sail
- Embark on bear-watching or whale-watching adventures
- Beachcomb on sheltered sandy beaches
- Shop for arts and crafts from local artisans and craftspeople