The Southern Gulf Islands are among some of the most accessible archipelagos to kayak in the world. You have a chance to see killer whales and sea otters and will likely see eagles, sea lions and seals. Once you turn the corner away from civilization you will be drawn into the scenery and enjoy the sounds of nature. The rain shadow effect allows a drier climate, more like the Mediterranean. There are several great beaches you can relax on so take a picnic lunch.
There are many campsites to spend the night and hiking out here is mandatory. The viewpoints are well worth the trek: you may just wonder if you are really in the Pacific Northwest and not in a drier location.
The Gulf Islands National park is a group of small parks that covers 36 square km (14 sq mi) and spans 15 islands as well as islets and reefs. Check tides and weather before starting your trek to avoid battling the strong tides that can frequent this area. Many companies in this area can provide experienced guides for the inexperienced paddler.
Watch for fast tides in Active Pass and Porlier Pass- inexperienced kayakers should avoid these areas. Saltspring, North and South Pender, Mayne, Saturna and Galiano islands receive ferry service.
Orca (Killer) whales, Stellar Sea lions, California Sea lions, seals, Bald Eagles and many other types of birds.