kayakers in island waters
orcas in ganges harbour
art off the fence, pender
gowlland point
music at Saturday market
southey point, salt spring
lavender on studio tour
girl with welcome smile
stomping grapes on salt spring

Kayakers see some great scenery in Gulf Islands waters.

Orcas join other visitors in Ganges Harbour.

Enjoying the Art Off the Fence show on Pender Island.

Gowlland Point on Pender Island.

Buskers at the Saturday Market on Salt Spring.

A walk on a Salt Spring beach.

A lavender farm on the Salt Spring Studio Tour.

She's happy to be on the Gulf Islands.

Harvest Grape Stomp at Salt Spring Vineyards.

So you’ve decided it’s time to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to Salt Spring Island and the Gulf Islands — but how do you decide which ones to see first? The islands share West Coast natural beauty and weather, and a culture forged from generations of independent-thinking residents, yet each has its own character, history and amenities . . . MORE

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    Salt Spring Island

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  • Mayne Island

    Mayne Island

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  • A family explores East Point Park on Saturna Island, with the Coast Mountains in the distance.

    Saturna Island

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  • The eastern shore of Gabriola Island

    Gabriola Island

    It may only be a short 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, but when you step onto Gabriola Island and breathe in the fresh island air, you’ll feel yourself click in MORE

  • Pender Island

    Pender Island

    Where can you get free killer whale shows with a sunset thrown in? Try Thieves Bay on North Pender. The orcas are a big island summer draw as they feed MORE

  • Whaler Bay, Galiano Island

    Galiano Island

    When thinking Galiano Island, superlatives come to mind. It seems to have more of everything, except crowds. That’s surprising, really, given that it’s the first stop on the Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands MORE

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