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Southern Gulf Islands
Saltspring Island is the most densely populated of the Gulf Islands, and is also home to the biggest Gulf Island provincial campground. Ruckle Provincial Park is located 9 km northeast of Fulford Harbour. (BC Ferries links Fulford Harbour with Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.) The park features as interesting blend of easily reached sites in a wooded setting overlooking Swanson Channel, with North Pender Island on the far shore.

The Ruckle family first homesteaded here over a century ago. Although they donated most of their property to the province for a park in 1974, the Ruckles still raise sheep on private land at the entrance to the campground. Visitors are welcome to visit the grounds where many old buildings have been restored. There's a BC Ferries dock in Long Harbour with links to both Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and Tsawwassen on the mainland.

Across the water on North Pender Island there's camping at Prior Centennial Park (reservations recommended), as well as paddle or boat-in sites at Beaumont Marine Park. Prior Centennial may be more accessible but Beaumont's setting is tops. Prior Centennial is located about 6 km southeast of the ferry dock at Otter Bay on the west side of Canal Road.

Although Montague Harbour Marine Park on the west side of Galiano Island was British Columbia's first marine park, it has become just as popular with drive-in and cycle-in visitors as with boaters. In fact, you can make reservations for both vehicle/tent and walk-in sites from April to September. The park lies 8 km north of the BC Ferries dock at Sturdies Bay. Some of the walk-in sites are located in an ultra picturesque wooded setting on a small ridge above the harbour.

Until a disputed right-of-way reopens, you'll have to boat to Galiano's northeastern tip to reach Dionisio Point Provincial Park, 35 km from Sturdies Bay. Much of this park has a weathered-limestone shoreline, characteristic of both Galiano and Gabriola Islands. Boaters can choose to land at pebble beaches on either side of Dionisio Point and thus avoid the tidal currents in Porlier Pass.

Farther north, you'll find walk-in campsites on Newcastle Island Provincial Park. The entire island is park and can be reached by foot-passenger ferry from Nanaimo's inner harbour, near the dock from which the car ferry sails to Gabriola Island. It only takes several minutes to walk from the dock on Newcastle Island to the campsites. Note: The public ferry to Newcastle runs during summer months only; otherwise, catch a ride with one of the private water taxis that whisk travellers around the harbour.

There are no public or private campgrounds on Saturna Island, but Mayne Island does have two private campsites (no public campground or recreation site on Mayne Island).

Northern Gulf Islands
Because of certain inhibiting conditions - lack of water and garbage facilities, as well as tinder-dry forests in summer months - many islands have no public campgrounds. In most places, private accommodation must be arranged. In summer, reservations are highly recommended. There are, however, public campgrounds on Denman, Cortes, and Texada Islands.

Denman Island's Fillongley Provincial Park is not particularly large, and fills up quickly in July and August. There is no telling in advance whether you'll find room here. The campground is located in a forested setting on the east side of the island, about 4 km from the ferry dock to Vancouver Island. Although the campsites are tightly packed together with only concrete dividers to separate them, the sand and pebble beach that fronts the park is spacious and provides ample opportunity for exploring and, in season, hunting for shellfish for dinner.

After going to the effort to reach Cortes Island, your reward is finding a campsite on the southwestern corner at Smelt Bay Provincial Park, a heavenly setting on this picturesque island. Follow the island road 21 km from the ferry dock to the park, which is near Manson's Landing Marine Provincial Park.

If you'd like to savour a Mediterranean-like climate, head for Texada Island's Shelter Point Regional Park. Texada may be a rugged island, but it does possess this jewel of a regional park midway along its west side, 27 km south of the Blubber Bay ferry terminal. Douglas-fir and western red cedar trees provide a fitting accompaniment to the beauty of the nearby beach with its exotic-looking sand dollars, sea anemones, and oversized moon snail shells. Most of the campsites are set back from the expansive sand and polished pea-gravel beach. A breeze blows almost constantly across the Strait of Georgia, but Shelter Point comes by its name honestly. Camping is especially good between April and October, when there are plenty of clear, warm days.
  Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn, Broughton Archipelago Listing Details 
Sea Kayak in comfort based from our ocean-side, or float-house accommodations in the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago, a kayak paradise. Enjoy sumptuous catered meals, or cook for yourself. Guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours and kayak transport. We also offer Acupressure massage on-site. Surround yourself with ocean, beaches, trails, an inland lake, and quiet beauty.
  Canadian Adventure Rentals, Vancouver Listing Details 
Self-Drive Camping Vacations in British Columbia. Canadian Adventure Rentals will help you create the ultimate outdoor adventure. All packages include a luxury sports utility vehicle (unlimited mileage) fully equipped with camping gear for one to four persons. We also provide mountain bikes, kayaks and canoes, and will reserve campsites across BC for you.
  Cape Lazo RV & Campground, Comox Listing Details 
The Cape Lazo RV & Campground is a 6.5 acre beachside property with 64 beautifully landscaped campsites, just metres from the beach and minutes from downtown Comox. We offer a family friendly campground facility with kayak and paddleboard rentals, accessible boat launch, playground, on site store, and pavilion for group picnics. The Comox Peninsula on the east coast of Vancouver Island is spectacular at any time of year with miles of shoreline to explore and great recreation opportunities for all ages. Cape Lazo is perfect for a weekend, a week or even months of camping in the Comox Valley.
  Cedar Beach Resort, Salt Spring Island Listing Details 
Cedar Beach Resort is located on beautiful St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island. Our 5 acre resort ofers 17 cabins and suites as well as 23 fully-serviced RV/camping sites. We have our own private, sandy beach right on the lake. Our heated, outdoor swimming pool (open mid-May to mid-September) and hot tub offer fabulous lake views. All cabins and suites are fully furnished with cooking facilities, and the adjoining Beach House offers indoor and outdoor recreation space. An exceptional venue for family reunions, gatherings, and small group weddings.
  Duck Creek Farm, Saltspring Island Listing Details 
Duck Creek Farm is a unique camping experience on a 13-acre organic farm in the heart of beautiful Salt Spring Island. We have vegetable gardens, fruit trees, greenhouses, sheep, a pond for swimming, and five acres of forested land. Duck Creek Farm is a Conservation Partner with The Land Conservancy. The farm offers a relaxing pastoral retreat with nature. We have bicycle campsites (no cars) in the grassy open on the edge of the woods or in the forest; a private farm-stay caravan for two or a furnished 20’ teepee in the woods. We are moments from all attractions, minutes from the Crofton/Vesuvius ferry, a short walk to St. Mary Lake and a few kilometers from the centre of Ganges, the main shopping area.
  Heriot Bay Inn & Marina, Quadra Island Listing Details 
The Heriot Bay Inn is Quadra Island's adventure resort. Adventure: Kayak, whale or grizzly watch. Dine: Casual seaside fare in Herons, HBI Pub with live music Fridays. Stay: accommodations range from hotel rooms to ocean-view housekeeping cottages. Also onsite: marina, RV & tent campsites with full service hook-ups, wireless internet.
  Island West Fishing Resort, Ucluelet Listing Details 
With decades of experience fishing the pristine waters of Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound, our team of locally experienced, professional guides provide the highest quality fishing excursion. Packages include lodging and an eight-hour fishing trip each morning. Also Flightseeing Tours, Canoe and Kayak trips, Whale Watching, Winter Storm Watching, and Hiking. Waterfront or water view camping sites. Moorage for short or long term visits.
  Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Park, Malahat Listing Details 
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Park and Campground is located 26 kms north of Victoria near the summit of the Malahat Drive. Our quiet and natural resort offers 63 spacious, fully-serviced RV sites nestled amongst giant cedars and seasonal creeks, private and scenic campsites, heated pool, clean washrooms with hot showers, and much much more.
  Pacific Playgrounds International, Black Creek Listing Details 
The Pacific Playgrounds Resort, RV Park, Campground and Marina is located at Saratoga Beach, midway between Campbell River and the Comox Valley, nestled in the trees along the bank of the peaceful Oyster River just as it flows into the Georgia Strait. This truly beautiful setting offers fresh air, clear water and acres of park for your enjoyment. Year-round RV Park, Cabin and Marina facilities second to none at your gateway to Vancouver Island recreation. Enjoy golf, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.
  Page's Resort and Marina, Gabriola Island Listing Details 
Page’s Resort and Marina on beautiful Gabriola Island welcomes you with secluded fully-equipped seaside COTTAGES, a pristine CAMPGROUND nestled in the woods, a full service MARINA providing quiet nightly moorage with fuel dock, showers and laundromat, BOOKSTORE featuring local authors as well as charts and the best of marine publications, and mountain bike and scooter RENTALS. Located on five acres overlooking Silva Bay on beautiful Gabriola Island, minutes from golf and restaurants, Page’s offers spectacular kayaking and sailing, incredible diving and fishing, scenic hiking and cycling, and simply relaxing with a book in our picnic grounds and gardens. Arrive by land, sea or air: now with direct service to our docks with Van City Seaplanes.
  Pioneer Inn & Riverside RV, Port Hardy Listing Details 
Closest accommodation to the ferry terminal. The quiet, park-like setting across from Quatse River offers suites, rooms, and large two room kitchen units. Services include free local calls, complimentary in-room coffee, cable TV, and licenced dining room. The 25 RV sites offer full hookups, hydro, water, sewer, and cable. A laundry and dry room are available.
  Sea Kayak in Desolation Sound, Powell River Listing Details 
Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound. Located adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park, PR Sea Kayak offers guided day tours, snorkeling, all-inclusive multi-day tours, and a well stocked rental fleet. Launch kayaks from PR Sea Kayak’s waterfront site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. For even more destinations, another option is to launch from PR Sea Kayak’s second location in Lund.
  Strathcona Park Lodge, Campbell River Listing Details 
Guests are drawn from around the world by the lifestyle at Strathcona Park Lodge and the irresistible scenery, wildlife, and opportunities for adventure that begin on our doorstep. We have comfortable, rustic accommodation, delicious buffet meals, kayaks and canoes for rent, and lots of friendly, knowledgeable instructors. We offer guiding in rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater and sea kayaking. Enjoy our backcountry adventures in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park; alpine hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping.
  Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge & RV Park, Quadra Island Listing Details 
This unique resort is designed to renew your soul, located within an 1,100-acre forest on the southern tip of Quadra Island. The Lodge features Pacific Coast Kwagiulth architecture and traditional and contemporary native art. All accommodations feature ocean views of Discovery Passage, including the dining room, lounge, meeting rooms, sauna and outdoor hot tub. Spectacular Oceanside RV sites are within walking distance of the Main Lodge.
  Ucluelet Campground, Ucluelet Listing Details 
Ucluelet Campground is located in the historical fishing village of Ucluelet, at the southern edge of the Pacific Rim National Park. The private campground offers 125 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, some with beautiful harbour and mountain views. Amenities include full-service, partial-hookup and no-service sites, clean shower and washroom facilities, fire rings, picnic tables, and water stations.
  West Coast Edge ATV Adventures, Port Alberni Listing Details 
West Coast Edge ATV Adventures provides professionally guided ATV and UTV Tours in and around the Alberni Valley on central Vancouver Island. Let our experienced guides take you on the ultimate Westcoast ATV adventure of a lifetime to experience the edge of the west coast like never before. Explore Mt. Arrowsmith and enjoy the beauty of Vancouver Island's backwoods, meadows, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. Custom Tours include hiking, trout fishing, swimming, and overnight camping tours.
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