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The world-renowned Gulf Islands lie between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. They enjoy idyllic landscapes, rustic character and they bask in a Mediterranean climate. With miles of stunning coastline, sea kayaying is perhaps the most popular outdoor activity in the Gulf Islands. Equipment rentals, lessons and guides are available on most of the islands. The islands are a destination for sailors and boaters as there are many marinas and docking facilities throughout the islands. Guided sight-seeing tours and boat charters are available from most of the islands. Cycling is also a popular way to see the Gulf Islands' quiet country roads.

In the spring of 2004 the Gulf Island National Park Reserve was opened. This Reserve protects one of the most sensitive ecological areas in Canada. Garry oaks and arbutus trees, tide pools, sea birds, orca whales, porpoises, seals and sea lions all live in and are protected by the Reserve which covers 33 sq. km (20.5 sq. mi.) of parkland on a number of islands.

The Gulf Islands produce a supply of specialty foods and farm products are available at local markets on most of the islands.

Hiking golf, tennis, scuba diving, fishing are all among the Gulf Island attractions. While each island is unique in character you may want to choose one island as a day trip or overnight getaway. Check each island for the type of accommodation available and be sure to book ahead, particularly in the summer season. There are several wellness centres and spas located on the islands, taking advantage of the restful ambience that each island provides.

Gulf Islands Accommodations vary from 5-star resorts to humble off-the-beaten-track Bed and Breakfasts that may just include teaching you a craft, perhaps forging.

The Gulf Islands are divided into North and South. Were you to look at a map of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands are east of the distance between Victoria and Nanaimo, in the Strait of Georgia. The Northern Gulf Islands continue into the Johnstone Strait and into the Queen Charlotte Strait, covering a total of about 490 km (304 mi.).

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Beach House Salt Spring
Beach House Salt Spring
369 Isabella Point Road
Salt Spring Island
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Luxury waterfront makes this a prime location on Salt Spring Island, a popular destination for worldwide travellers. One of the finest, this Salt Spring Bed and Breakfast has been offering luxury accommodation in a casually elegant atmosphere for 18 years -- a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea.
Quarrystone House
Quarrystone House
1340 Sunset Drive
Salt Spring Island
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Quarrystone House is situated on 5 acres on a ridge, with stunning ocean & sunset views to the west & open pastoral views to the east. This dramatic yet peaceful setting creates the perfect escape where you can enjoy tranquil luxury and ensured privacy all year round. Relax on your secluded balcony or soak in your own Jacuzzi tub and enjoy the spectacular sunsets behind Vancouver Island.
Le Gite d'Etape
Le Gite d'Etape
157 Forest Ridge Road
Salt Spring Island
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Decorated in a French design, this Salt Spring Island countryside house is opposite Ruckle Provincial Park. A full kitchen and 2 covered decks are available at the cottage. Fulford Ferry to Swartz Bay is 15 minutes’ drive away. The hotel features stained glass windows, a wood stove and is furnished in antiques. A full bathroom and an additional outdoor shower are available.
Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant & Organic Farm
Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant & Organic Farm
121 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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This Salt Spring Island hotel features a day spa, a 15-acre organic farm and on-site restaurant with live entertainment. Rooms include free Wi-Fi and coffee-making facilities. The restaurant offers organic and locally grown produce and weekend entertainment. The hotel provides each room with a colour TV and a work desk. Classes are available at the yoga studio.
Celtic Place Bed and Breakfast
Celtic Place Bed and Breakfast
360 Wright Road
Salt Spring Island
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This mountainside house is situated on 10 secluded acres located 10 minutes' drive from the village of Ganges. It features suites with panoramic mountain and ocean views and private terraces. The rooms of this hotel wooden floors and a mounted flat-screen cable TV. A microwave, refrigerator, and tea- and coffee-making facilities are provided. The modern bathrooms boast heated tile floors.
Long Harbour Bed and Breakfast and Cottage
Long Harbour Bed and Breakfast and Cottage
120 Little Mountain Road
Salt Spring Island
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This seaside bed and breakfast is situated on 10 acres on Salt Spring Island. It features a 50 foot dock, an outdoor pool and spacious suites with kitchenette facilities. Guests at this hotel get free use of canoes, rowboat and kayaks. The property also provides a sauna, trampoline and fire pits. The suites and cottage offer access to the shared patio.
Salt Spring Inn Ltd
Salt Spring Inn Ltd
132 Lower Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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This decorative hotel is located just across from Salt Spring Island Visitor Information in Ganges. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Rooms at this hotel offer a flat-screen TV and a luxurious pillowtop bed. Deluxe Rooms also feature a fireplace, a private bathroom and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the outdoor deck or relax by the fireplace in the lounge area.
Beachside Flat
Beachside Flat
163 Fulford-Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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Offering beautiful views over Ganges Harbour, this Salt Spring Island suite features access to a number of outdoor activities. Free Wi-Fi is provided. A fully equipped kitchen, cable TV and a DVD player are found in the spacious suite. The accommodation is located above an outdoor store and offers a selection of hiking, kayaking and sailing excursions. Massage services can also be arranged.
Skipping Stone Beach B&B
Skipping Stone Beach B&B
960 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island
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This waterfront accommodation is located on Salt Spring Island. It offers a private pebble beach and contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen TV, DVD player, and iPod docking station are included in the guest rooms. Each has a patio and select rooms have a kitchenette. River otters, seals, and eagles can be seen along the shoreline.
Green Acres Lakeside Cottage Resort
Green Acres Lakeside Cottage Resort
241 Langs Road
Salt Spring Island
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7 park-like acres of spectacular south facing water front on St. Mary Lake. Choose a 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped standard lakefront cottage or a new luxury log chalet. Perfect summer family vacation with a safe sandy beach, new jungle gym, variety of complimentary boats. Beach games and theme nights. Fabulous trout and bass fishing. Ideal off- season tranquility, perfect for a romantic get away.
Beachfront at Vesuvius
Beachfront at Vesuvius
120 Langley Road
Salt Spring Island
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With a private terrace, boat mooring and beach, this completely non-smoking Salt Spring Island accommodation includes suites with a kitchenette and an electric fireplace. An oceanfront hot tub with bathrobes and slippers is available. A 40-inch flat-screen satellite TV and a selection of DVDs are included. The bathroom features heated porcelain tile floors.
Salt Springs Spa Resort
Salt Springs Spa Resort
1460 North Beach Road
Salt Spring Island
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This Salt Spring Island seaside resort offers a private beach area, a variety of spa services and villas with a patio and fireplace. The spacious villas provide a two-person mineral bath. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue grills and a living room with a sofa. Some offer an ocean view. Row boats and bikes are available for guests.
Hastings House
Hastings House
160 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island
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Hastings House Country House Hotel -- a small luxury country resort, spa and restaurant - sits on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Explore British Columbia's natural beauty, Salt Spring's mild climate and the warmth and creativity of its people.
Alders Plantation Vacation Rental
Alders Plantation Vacation Rental
130 Alders Avenue
Salt Spring Island
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This accommodation is 5 minutes' walk from Ganges village centre on Salt Spring Island. It features landscaped gardens and waterfalls. Free Wi-Fi is provided. Each guest room at this hotel has a theme, such as jungle or nautical. Select rooms have an en suite bathroom or a microwave and refrigerator. Guests can go bird watching and help themselves to fruit from the trees.
Cortes Island Motel
Cortes Island Motel
1078 Seaford Road, Manson's Landing
Cortes Island
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We are Cortes Island BC's only Motel and are nestled in a cedar and fir forest between Gunflint and Hague Lakes. Our 10 tasteful rooms, complete with kitchen amenities, are available year round. We are 14 km (8.75 mi.) from the Whaletown ferry on Seaford Road. You are only 5 minutes from the calming Pacific Ocean and across the road from one of BC's most highly rated nature trails.
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
3806 Denman Road Box 9
Denman Island
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This Denman Island, eco-friendly hostel/hotel is attached to Earth Club Factory which produces eco-friendly products and roasts, grinds and serves its own coffee. The bistro serves organic and local food products. The guesthouse has 5 rooms and features a hot tub and bicycle rental and offers free wifi, and pancake breakfast. The inn is located on Denman Island and is 5 km from Buckley Bay.
Cleft in the Rock
Cleft in the Rock
1000 A Westcliff Road
Denman Island
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This Denman Island B&B features two rooms, ocean-view and four course breakfast including home baking. It also features a self-contained suite and private bathroom. No pets. No smoking. Adult-oriented. The common room has a fireplace, kitchenette, and a TV with a DVD player. Table tennis and hot tub are available to guests. Free public parking and free WiFi.
WurHere Bed and Breakfast
WurHere Bed and Breakfast
3200 Coast Road
Gabriola Island
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Breakfast is provided at this Gabriola Island property. Free airport pick up is offered from Tofino Air terminal 1 km away. Gabriola Island ferry terminal is a 20 minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is included. Rooms include a dining area with microwave and refrigerator at the WurHere B&B. The rooms also include a flat-screen TV and views of the garden and orchard. En suite bathrooms are included.
Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
134 Madrona Drive
Galiano Island
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Galiano Island's Ultimate Oceanfront Destination. Discover a spectacular West Coast island getaway minutes from city life. Experience the warm ambiance of a Spa and Wellness Retreat with the casual elegance of a Mediterranean-style oceanfront inn. Relax in beautiful accommodations in this special Gulf Island hideaway.
Driftwood Village Resort
Driftwood Village Resort
205 Bluff Road E
Galiano Island
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Our Galiano Island accommodations include self-sufficient cottages with kitchen and bath ranging from studios to 2-bedroom cabins. No two cottages are alike. Each features local, original Art, a full complement of dishes, and linens for bed and bath which enhance the individuality of each unit. All cottages have a full private bath, well-equipped cooking facilities, cable TV and secure Wi-Fi.
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
673 Hotel Road
Heriot Bay
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Quadra Island is one of the idyllic Northern Gulf Islands & is located just a 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River off the central east coast of Vancouver Island, BC. Quadra Island is well known for beautiful scenery and a casual atmosphere and there is no better place to relax and enjoy the ocean views and warm island hospitality than the Heriot Bay Inn & Resort on the waterfront!
Days Inn & Suites Airdrie
Days Inn & Suites Airdrie
911 Highland Park Cove
Heriot Bay
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We offer free breakfast, WiFi, and heated indoor pool. Start your day by making rounds at our breakfast buffet, which includes hot and healthy options. Each of our comfortable guest rooms features a flat-screen HDTV with cable, mini-refrigerator, microwave, ironing facilities, work space, and air-conditioning or heating capabilities. Pet-friendly rooms are available, and parking is free of charge.
Blue Vista Resort
Blue Vista Resort
563 Arbutus Drive
Mayne Island
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Tranquil park-like setting on Mayne Island with Ocean views from the property, steps to beach and just minutes from beautiful Bennett Bay and the new Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Kitchens, decks, barbeques, many with wood burning fireplaces. Designated pet cottages. BC Approved Accommodation. Recommended by "Frommer's Best Places" and other fine Travel Guides!
We Wai Kai Campsite
We Wai Kai Campsite
P.O. Box 220, Rebecca Spit Road
Quadra Island
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We Wai Kai Campground located in Drew Harbour on Quadra Island. Perfect for Family Camping. Open May 15 - Sept 15. Trailers for Rent on availability. Close to True Value Grocery, Shops and Rebecca Spit. The campground is owned and operated by the Cape Mudge Indian Band (AKA We Wai Kai Nation).
Orca Lodge
Orca Lodge
500 First Street, PO Box 380
Sointula
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Just 2 1/2 hours north of Campbell River and a 30 minute ferry ride will bring you to the start of your Island Escape. Orca Lodge offers private and exclusive beachfront accommodation in sunny Sointula on Malcolm Island. Your suite at Orca Lodge is so close to the water that at high tide you will feel like you are floating on a boat. At low tide there is an abundance of sea life to discover.
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Downtown Sointula:  1.8km

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