The Gulf Islands British Columbia, located off the southern tip of the British Columbia, Canada coast line, are easily my favorite islands.
They nestle between the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Sunshine Coast in the East, and Vancouver Island on the West. Home to much exquisite wildlife, the Gulf Islands BC lie between the giant island of Vancouver Island (about 450 miles long and bigger than Japan!) and the mainland coast, home to the fabulous city of Vancouver, BC.
The Gulf Islands British Columbia consist of many islands from small uninhabitated ones to large islands filled with thousands of residents.
They stretch up the coastline protected from the open Pacific waters by Vancouver Island, whose mountain range up its spine captures the abundant rains that come in off the ocean, leaving calmer and sunnier waters and climates inside between the mainland’s large mountains and those of the big island.
Each island has its own unique personality and topography. Of course the locals all think their’s is the best of all Gulf Islands! There are two main groups: the Southern BC Gulf Islands and the Northern BC Gulf Islands. The Southern tend to be more populated and closer to the main population centers of Vancouver and Victoria, which sits on the sunny southern tip of Vancouver Island.
The western shores of the British Columbia mainland, called the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island enclose the Gulf Islands.
This great body of islands and sea are known worldwide for the great weather and the protected coastlines, inlets and protected harbors.The waters teem with salmon of many species, seals, walruses, whales, eagles above and world famous diving below. Clean, the inland waters are washed by glacier fed fjords and inlets that produce the best oysters in the world. All kinds of birds and animals populate the islands.Many First Nations’ Indian bands make the Gulf Islands British Columbia their traditional homes and have lived here for thousands of years. The area is a paradise for boaters and kayakers: countless bays, beaches, coves, isles and inlets delight the voyager. Provincial parks abound on the islands for camping and recreational pleasures. The islands are home to many famous artists, artisans, crafters and cottage organic food producers who find the island lifestyle irresistible for its seclusion and rustic charms.