Boating in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Boating in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Arriving by boat is always a delight; whether you cross the Strait of Georgia and enter via Gabriola, Active, or Porlier Pass or come north from Seattle and the San Juans. As soon as you enter our shetlered waters, the weight of the world lifts off your shoulders. You’re in Nirvana, with good fishing waters, sheltered anchorages, marine parks and marinas close at hand with all amenities. The clouds part, the wind blows you on to your first magical destination, the fish jump, and rainbows appear.

Are we waxing too enthusiastic? Why else do our American neighbours, Vancouverites, fellow Canadians and international travellers return again and again to charter, borrow or buy a boat and sail or cruise through, around, and up and down in the Gulf Islands?

What are they all after? Maybe …… Salmon. Fishing is “hot” in many Gulf Island areas such as Sansum Narrows.

Protected anchorages. A boater never has to go far to find the perfect spot to spend the night.

Beautiful scenery. Where else will you find white shell beaches, green waters, pristine forests, weird and wonderful sandstone formations and conglomerations, distant snow capped mountains, oak meadows and twisted arbutus fringed headlands?