Swimming beaches in the islands

Gulf Islands beaches are for kids of all ages
Gulf Islands beaches are for kids of all ages

On Salt Spring Island, one of the most popular swimming beaches is at Vesuvius Bay, near the ferry to Crofton.

A steep wooden staircase takes you down to the large public area, which offers some of the warmest waters on the island.

Another popular spot is Beddis Beach, a fairly central island location off Beddis Road. After walking down a lovely wooded path to the beach, you will find a stunning mixture of black and white rock and shell sand that has been pounded smooth over the centuries.

The water is colder here, but visitors (especially kids) will still brave the waters on a hot day and have a brisk dip.

Drummond Park provides the best of both worlds, with a rocky, driftwood-strewn beach near the parking area, and sandy and sunny areas further down the shore. Situated right across from the Fulford Harbour ferry, Drummond also offers a children’s playground, washrooms and a picnic area.

Ruckle Park is a popular provincial park, where people can find spectacular open ocean vistas, sandstone lace rock formations, huge climbing areas with boulders and driftwood, nature trails, stunning cliffs and abundant marine life.

Favourite Pender spots are Medicine Beach and Bricky Bay on North Pender, and Mortimer Spit at the dredged canal just over the one-lane bridge connecting the two Penders.

While on Saturna Island, check out East Point, Veruna Bay and Thomson Park.

Bennett, Campbell or Piggott bays are a few of Mayne Island’s most welcoming beach spots.

Galiano’s Montague Harbour Provincial Park includes the most accessible sandy beach on the island.

Gabriola Island boasts Twin Beaches in Gabriola Sands Provincial Park, and a great swimming beach near Descanso Bay Regional Park and Drumbeg Park.

Photo/media credit: Driftwood Gulf Islands Media