The Gulf Islands - Magic Stones Hurled Into The Sea by Giants!
The Canadian "Gulf Islands" of Salt Spring, Galiano, Mayne, Saturna and the Penders are tranquil, peaceful havens from the bustle of nearby Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria. Spectacular scenery and the range of attractions keep visitors enthralled. Bright blue sea, golden vistas, eclectic villages and rambling green countryside stretch to the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The islands are home to a collection of artists and artisans whose work can be found in the many small shops, galleries and restaurants. Ganges, on Salt Spring, is acclaimed as one of the best small art towns in North America and has over a dozen art galleries on the "Gallery Walk". Each of the islands features performing arts, special appreciation for live music and more artists and artisans than you could possibly imagine.
Love food? This is the home of organic farms, restaurants, inns and pubs with flair.
All of the Gulf Islands offer magnificent viewpoints, secluded picnic spots, hiking trails, bird watching, tennis, golf or horseback riding on island mountains. If water is more your style, try ocean kayaking, scuba diving, fresh or saltwater fishing. Or how about a four-hour sail with your captain at the helm?
The Gulf Islands are an easy destination by BC Ferries from Vancouver, Victoria and Crofton, or by floatplane from Vancouver or Seattle. Water taxis, ferries and floatplanes interconnect the islands and all of their outdoor adventures and appeal.
The Gulf Islands are a special place attracting folks who enjoy the journey and the destination, rather than the mass market. Visit the magic. Savor the attractions. Come, rest and relax.