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Northern Gulf Islands

Quathiaski Cove Ferry Terminal, Quadra Island, British Columbia
These islands, part of the 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 area covered by the Northern Gulf Islands extends from Lasqueti Island near Parkville, north to Quadra and Cortes Islands near Campbell River, and from Texada Island near Powell River north to Savary and the Copeland Islands near Lund, including Jedediah Island Provincial Park.

The fleet of BC Ferries that services some of 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 farther north in the Strait of Georgia 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 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.

Location: The Northern Gulf Islands and Discovery Islands are located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Visit our Transportation section for detailed information on ferry routes and schedules. Air Transportation is available to all islands, with the exception of Jedediah, Sandy, and the Copeland Islands. Scheduled flights are available, and charter services are also available from Nanaimo, Comox, and Campbell River on Vancouver Island, and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast, among other areas.

  • Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove)
    Quadra Island is a 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River. Resident artists and craftspeople make the island a fine place to sleuth around for pottery and other wares. The Nuyumbalees Cultural Center (formerly Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Center) contains an outstanding collection of authentic artifacts.
  • Cortes Island
    After going to the effort to reach Cortes Island, with its placid lakes, beaches rich in shellfish, and rugged gorges - your reward is finding a campsite on the southwestern corner at Smelt Bay Provincial Park, a heavenly setting on this picturesque island.
  • Denman Island
    Tranquil and bucolic, Denman and Hornby Island sits just off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Denman, the larger of the two is known for its pastoral farmlands and its population of talented artisans.
  • Hornby Island
    Lying off the south end of Denman Island, Hornby Island offers a rugged, seductive mix of northwest rainforest and magnificent warm-water swimming beaches.
  • Texada Island
    Originally home to a whaling station, Texada Island is now the site of a working limestone quarry. Texada offers biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, birdwatching and rock hounding.
  • Lasqueti Island
    Hop aboard the foot passenger ferry from French Creek and cruise across the Strait of Georgia to Lasqueti Island. Largely undeveloped, Lasqueti is a worthwhile destination for a day trip or longer - not only for its natural beauty, but it is so distant from the mainstream.
  • Jedediah Island
    Jedediah Island is a Marine Provincial park located between Lasqueti Island and Texada Island, in the Sabine Channel of the Strait of Georgia. It is the largest and most diverse island of a chain of over thirty islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island. Jedediah's isolation and tranquility make it an excellent destination for kayaking and wilderness camping.
  • Rendezvous Islands
    The Rendezvous Islands are located in Calm Channel off the northeast end of Read Island in the Discovery Island chain of islands. The Rendezvous Island group comprises North Rendezvous Island, Middle Rendezvous Island, and Rendezvous Island South.
  • Savary Island
    Savary Island and the Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park are only accessible by private boat or water taxi from Lund on the Sunshine Coast. The best beaches in the entire chain of Gulf Islands are to be found on Savary Island. It's debatable which side of the snout-shaped island has the best beaches, but when you're in heaven, it doesn't matter which side of the street you walk on!

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  Whiskey Point Resort, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Whiskey Point Resort's hillside location overlooking bustling Quathiaski Cove harbour provides a true feel for island living. Quadra Island's sparkling waters and wooded hills beckon to those seeking adventure, offering an ideal base for exploring the Discovery Islands and beyond. Whiskey Point offers oceanview studio and suite rooms, kitchenettes, a seasonal outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, BBQs, and a children's area. Packages include Romance, Massage, and Midweek Getaways, and fishing, kayaking and eco adventure tours.
  BC Oceanfront: Ed Handja & Shelley McKay, Campbell River Listing Details 
Live, Work & Play Coastal Style
“BC Oceanfront” - Coast Realty’s Residential and Coastal Experts specializing in selling local residential, recreational, unique oceanfront and commercial real estate throughout Vancouver Island, Discovery Islands, the Outer Islands and the BC Mainland Coast. From homes to small oceanfront recreational lots, lakefront, remote island acreages, private islands and resorts – BCO has the Coast covered!
  Classic Yacht Charters, Nanaimo Listing Details 
Craving a change from the 'everyday'? Dreaming of running away to sea? Welcome aboard our historical 'Mission Ship'. Design your private voyage into BC's coastal playground. Indulge your interests: fishing, clamming, rowing, kayaking, whale watching... Cruise in comfort and safety with our Coast Guard licensed Captain and crew. Discover how your chef turns meal times into taste extravaganzas.
  Coast Mountain Expeditions, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, and mainland inlets. View marine parks, wildlife, BC's highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada's longest operating sea kayak company, now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada's top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!
  Discovery Islands Lodge B&B Kayak Inn, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Rustic but comfortable oceanfront accommodation near wilderness parks, trails, lakes and sea kayak paradise. Affordable single, double and family rooms; kitchen facilities; wood-fired sauna. Multi-day kayak expeditions; marine park tours; canoe & kayak rentals. Whales, seals, & porpoise right out front! One of Canada's top 50 places to stay recommended by National Geographic Traveler.
  Go With The Flow Adventures, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Kayaking tours from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada with Go With The Flow Adventures. Our luxury kayaking tours offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. We include gourmet meals with wine, cozy cabin accommodation, hot showers, wood fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipment, instruction and guiding. No experience necessary. Join us on an journey that washes away the every day!
  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 Adventure Centre, Quadra Island Listing Details 
The Island Adventure Centre at the Heriot Bay Inn has great eco adventures departing from Quadra Island: Orca whale watching, kayak day tours, grizzly bear tours, and salmon fishing. Kayak rentals also available. Explore the scenic Inner Coast and the Discovery Islands!
  Kurt Nielsen - Landquest Realty Corporation, Comox Listing Details 
Kurt Nielsen has spent the past 30+ years marketing British Columbia real estate and helping clients wade through the red tape of real estate transactions, subdivision proposals and re-zoning applications. Kurt handles commercial, residential and land sales and subdivision developments in both urban and rural areas, focussing on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the coastal mainland of BC. Kurt is available to discuss any property situation; whether you are looking to acquire property, sell property, or if you require assistance with your new subdivision ... or you may just want to talk about your ideas.
  Lasqueti Island Cottages, Lasqueti Island Listing Details 
The Lasqueti Island Cottages are unique. These four log cabins were the original units at The Cedarwood in Sidney in 1949! Guests will enjoy the patina of naturally aged wood interiors and the views across our raised gardens to the Pacific Ocean. The cottages have two TVs, an updated bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and one bedroom featuring a king-sized bed, with a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room.
  Misty Isles Adventures, Cortes Island Listing Details 
Misty Isles Adventures is Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter and sailing charter vessel offering guided day paddles, kayak mothership trips, kayak instruction and sea kayak rentals. The 43-foot schooner Misty Isles departs Cortes Island for day sailing and sightseeing explorations of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and mainland inlets. Longer multi-day trips are also available.
  Mothership Adventures, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Explore our remote coastal wilderness aboard the heritage vessel Columbia III! Join us for exhilarating and unforgettable BC adventure tours that include sea kayaking, eco adventure, natural history, First Nations culture, extraordinary wildlife viewing, photography and painting. Experience sand beaches, stunning fjords, lush estuaries, and exceptional wildlife viewing of whales and bears. Travel in luxury with a certified hospitable crew, qualified guides, gourmet food and comfortable accommodation aboard the luxury Mothership.
  Outer Island Guest Farm, Hornby Island Listing Details 
A Retreat to Remember. Outer Island R&R is an Agri-Villa set on 14 acres of farmland on Hornby Island, offering warm hospitality and a taste of country living. The beautiful ranch-style homestead, with swimming pool, tennis court, and orchard, provides a tranquil atmosphere to relax, rejuvenate and see agricultural living first-hand. Self-catering or B&B accommodations available. Specializing in all-inclusive retreat packages.
  Spirit of the West Kayaking, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Join our sea kayaking adventures around Vancouver Island, Canada's coastal kayaking paradise. Kayak with Killer Whales, paddle Desolation Sound, experience the remote north Nootka Sound, or kayak from the comfort of our 95 ft Mothership, the Songhee. Our sea kayaking trips depart from our base on Quadra Island in the BC Discovery Islands. No experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. Our groups are small, ranging from 8-13 people depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. we provide everything you need to have a great kayaking adventure.
  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.
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