about the Gulf Islands - These Islands are known
as the Southern Gulf Islands and they are a group of small islands just
off the coast of Southern Vancouver Island near Victoria British Columbia.
The gulf islands are jewels that should not be missed. Plan a visit to
at least one of these islands. Salt Spring Island is the most populated
and has the most amenities and accommodations. Saturna is the least populated
and has the least accommodations. If you want to be busy and find lots
to see and do go to Salt Spring. If you want to get away from it all go
to Saturna. The other Gulf Islands are somewhere in between and each is
well worth a visit. There is so much to do outdoors and when you travel
to them on BC Ferries you never know what you will see along the way.
Sea lions, Orca Whales, bald eagles and more are common sites. The beauty
of these islands will blow you away.
the most northerly of all of the Gulf Islands. It is approximately 57
square kilometers in size and has a population of approximately 1000.
It was named after Galiano was the commander of the Spanish vessel, Sutil's,
a schooner exploring the Strait of Georgia in 1792.
Galiano arrived, however, the Coast Salish had summer camps here, as evidenced
by the extensive shell middens at Montague Harbour - over 3000 years old!
available at Montague Harbour a very popular Marine Park. Dionisio Park,
a rugged natural park at the north end is only accessible by boat. Check
out the hiking trails of Bodega Ridge and Mount Galiano. Visit Bluff Park
for great views and Bellhouse Park for spectacular shorelines and views
of Active Pass.
the smallest of the Gulf Islands is approximately 21 square kilometers
in size. Mayne Island has a population of approximately 900. Mayne was
named in honour of Lieut. Richard Charles Mayne aboard the surveying vessel
H.M.S. Plumper, in 1857. First Nations people settled at Helen's Point
in Active Pass thousands of years ago, and some of their descendants are
still living here. Around three hundred years ago, Captain George Vancouver's
crew arrived, leaving behind a coin and knife at Georgina Point to be
found by British settlers two hundred years later.
Lodge, built in the 1890's, still entertains travelers. The very small
nearby jailhouse is now a museum. The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, built
in 1898, has a large, heavy sandstone baptismal font, made even more impressive
by the fact that it was brought over from the Saturna quarry by rowboat.
Miners Bay was named in honor of miner pioneers heading from Victoria
to the Caribou during the gold rush.
approximately 31 square kilometers in size and has approximately 300 residents.
In 1791 a Spanish schooner, the Saturina gave its name to this Island.
The first inhabitants were First Nations, followed by British Settlers
in 1869. The first settlers developed orchards and raised sheep.
After a ship
went aground at Boiling Reef in 1886, land for the East Point lighthouse
was purchased from well known Gulf Island pioneer, Warburton Pike. Mount
Warburton Pike is the highest peak in the Gulf Islands with fantastic
views of the San Juan Island, the Gulf Islands and Victoria. The first
school was built in 1919.
Islands are approximately 24 square kilometers and have a population of
approximately 2000 people. Pender Islands was named after Daniel Pender,
master of the Plumper, in 1857. The Penders, were actually one island
joined by an isthmus, which was dredged in 1902 to make a canal large
enough for the steamship, the Iroquois, to travel Hope Bay on North Pender
to Sidney, a far safer and shorter route than around the South end of
Pender. In 1955, the islands were joined again by a one lane bridge over
one of the most picturesque parts of the Penders. There is a campground
at Prior Centennail Park just 10 minutes from the Driftwood Centre.
Island is approximately 180 square kilometers and is the largest of the
Gulf Islands. It has a population of approximately 10,000 people.
Salt Spring Island's was named after the natural mineral springs found
in the northern part of the island on various private properties. In 1859,
the first settlers arrived on the island from all parts of the world.
Many were Blacks from California, escaping the harsh laws. Land was virtually
free on Salt Spring and by the end of that year over 117 settlers had
taken up land on Salt Spring Island.
A well preserved petroglyph at Drummond Park attests to the fact that
the Coast Salish were here thousands of years earlier, as they were on
all of the other Gulf Islands.