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Gulf Islands

There are 200 Gulf Islands within the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) which are known for sheltered waters, stunning scenery and a mild climate. This region makes a great introduction to new ocean paddlers or a serene escape for the seasoned kayaker. Here you will find miles of beaches, farm meadows, rocky shorelines and. The Gulf Islands play host to a dynamic variety of wild life including passing whales and are home to one of the last remaining stands of Garry Oak in the northwest.

Saltspring Island is the hub of all the islands and is great place to take off from. Salt Spring island has artist studios, many small farms and artisan food and drink producers.  The other islands are less populated and there are many small islands and islets to paddle in between foe kayakers. There are kayaking companies on the islands with ferry service that have kayak guides and rentals. One of the biggest events is the Saturday Market in Ganges Harbour.

Discovery Islands

The Discovery Islands are in Johnstone Strait and the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland in British Columbia. The Discovery Islands have been labeled by some as the Northern Gulf Islands.

Quadra and Cortes Island are the most populated. The other islands have very few residents.