5 Best Kept Secrets of Mayne Island
From kayaking to pubs on Mayne Island
From kayaking to pubs on Mayne Island
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.).
Northern Gulf Islands
Southern Gulf Islands
Located on Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands, this resort features a full spa. An indoor pool and hot tub are also on-site. Panoramic ocean views are available from each room. The rooms are equipped with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light. A fitness center and steam bath provide guests with ample opportunity for relaxation. Barbecue facilities are available for guest use.
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.
Downtown Sointula: 1.8km
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.
Armand Heights B&B on Salt Spring Island offers three beautifully romantic rooms, each with their own private entrance and balcony that overlook a magnificent view of the southern Gulf Islands, the mainland and mountains in the distance. This is truly "top of the world" vacation living! In the morning, we offer a full and hearty breakfast served at a private time you select up to 9 am.
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.
Our European style Salt Spring Island inn offers an elegant adult-oriented retreat. Choose to do as much or as little as you wish while here. Spend the afternoon in the gardens listening to the sound of the waterfalls and enjoying the heated pool or hot tub. Take a walk on the nature trails which meander through the 30 acres of our property. Spoil yourself with a treatment in our full-service spa.
We are perched directly across from the largest inner harbour and marina in the Gulf Islands. We offer 7 fully furnished luxury suites, each accommodating up to 6 people. You can walk to restaurants, grocery stores, shops, beaches and parks. Fly directly into the harbour on a float plane, or moor your boat and we're just steps away.
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.
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.
Located on its own private beach, Cusheon Lake Resort is located in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. An outdoor hot tub and BBQ facilities are available on the terrace. A flat-screen cable TV with DVD player is featured in the living room area in each unit at this rustic resort. A full kitchen provides an oven, microwave, refrigerator, and dining table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manna House on Deman Island consists of 2 buildings, connected by a covered walkway on 2 acres of ocean-front. There are 3 self-contained guest suites are newly renovated, completed in the Fall of 2020. Your hosts, Mitra and Mark, have lived and worked here since 2003; both are artists. Vegetarian Friendly! Please only cook vegetarian food on the premises; eggs and dairy are OK.
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.
Our Gabriola establishment provides accommodations with free WiFi and access to a garden with a terrace. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries, bath and shower. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible nearby. Perfect for romantic getaways or family fun.
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 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.
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.
Our Ganges B&B has rooms with free WiFi and is near a lake. The bed and breakfast is also 5.6 km away from Salt Spring Vineyards. Every room comes with a patio. We will provide a bath or shower, free toiletries and a flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD-Player. Full English/Irish and American breakfast options are available each morning.
Boasting a 1-acre English garden, our Ganges B&B provides a full gourmet breakfast. A guest terrace is featured, and free Wi-Fi is offered in all guest units. A seating area is provided in each unit. Free toiletries are included for added convenience. Select units offer full kitchen facilities and a private bathroom. Provided daily, breakfast has eggs, fruit, pastries and yogurt.
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