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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.

Southern Gulf Islands
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.

Decide 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 times.

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 Routes map.

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.
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