With Victoria International Marina as your home port, plan a sought-after trip to the Southern Gulf Islands where history, nature and adventure awaits. There are 5 major Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Galiano Island. Each delivering a laid-back lifestyle, a paradise, where city goers love escaping to. The Gulf Islands are a favourite refuge in the summer, enjoy a sub-Mediterranean climate, the hustling and bustling of island life, relaxing little havens, rolling hills, small lakes and quaint coves and beaches. You will find the crowds have disappeared in the spring or fall, if the coolness of tranquility, peace and quiet is what you’re searching for.
Cruising the Gulf Islands
Each Island offers many natural or man-made attractions. Kick-back, drop anchor in one of the tranquil forested inlets, bask in the surrounding spectacular West Coast Scenery. Take an enchanting hike through the forested landscapes, explore the calming, beautiful, coastline by sea kayak.
While on the islands chat with the locals, visit the many artisan’s galleries, restaurants, cafe’s, wineries, breweries, organic markets, museums, and of course, the endless wildlife are among the many attractions of the popular southern Gulf Islands.
Sunset while cruising the Gulf Islands
Salt Spring offers an amazing world-class Saturday Marketplace, showcasing 140 artisans and fresh, local, and organic food producers, who contribute, beginning in April until October. Pender offers plenty of laid-back activities such as kayaking, landscaped hiking trails, gallery hopping, delicious restaurants, and winery. Galiano’s mountain hike offers absolutely, glorious, panoramic views when you reach the top. Mayne has a rich history, tour the museum or the Japanese Garden. Saturna is the most remote, almost half of Saturna is protected parkland, what better place to zone out, relax, and contemplate the amazing ever changing views.
The Gulf Islands also known as the Salish Sea is made of up of over 200 islands of stunning must visit locations. During your journey watch for porpoises and orcas, check your maps, pick your locations for a unforgettable vacation, in the Southern Gulf Islands. Gateway to the Pacific Marine Corridor