Posts Tagged ‘Gulf Islands’

Gulf Islands

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Consisting of 225 islands, the Gulf Islands are truly one of the World’s most amazingly breathtaking destinations. Whether you are looking to go kayaking, hiking, fishing, golfing, or simply to relax on the beach, the Gulf Islands is the place to go. Although most of the islands are quite small and only accessible by boat or kayak, many of them offer unique tourist attractions.

beautiful Gulf Islands scenery

Six of the most commonly visited islands include Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Gabriola. Since all of these islands are well served by ferry services and float planes, it is easy to pick up and island hop during a vacation. Not only can one take in the crisp ocean air while lounging at one of the many fantastic restaurants serving up locally grown food, you can also visit a local Gulf Islands scuba diving shop and experience some of the most stunningly beautiful marine life on the planet.  Kayaking is another favorite activity on the islands.  All of these activities are right outside your door when you take a trip to the Gulf Islands.

During your island vacation, and between the exploring and beachcombing, the Gulf Islands are home to some magnificent BC Bed and Breakfasts. Located on Gabriola Island, just a quick ferry ride from the Harbour City of Nanaimo, Wur Here B and B boasts two private suites with private entrances & kitchen areas, heated floors in the en-suite, fridge, microwave, tv/dvd, WiFi, a private deck and a shared hot tub. With many walking trails, and a well known arts & culture scene, Gabriola Island and Wur Here B & B is a must visit.

Located just south of Gabriola Island is the very popular Salt Spring Island which is home to Quarrystone House and the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite. Situated on 5 acres of land, Quarrystone House has four rooms which are located in a separate building from the main house but joined by a patio, ensuring complete privacy. All rooms have their own entrance, private patio/balcony, fireplace, jacuzi tub, WiFi, tv/dvd, fridge, microwave and robes. A full three course country breakfast is served each morning at Quarrystone House. For those possibly looking for an even more private location, the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite has a beautiful view of Ganges Harbour with a private self contained designer queen-size 1 bedroom suite with living/dining space. Enjoy the morning view during a speciality island breakfast.

So make sure to book your next island getaway to the Gulf Islands and experience the sought after island lifestyle.

Island Wine from Saanich to Courtenay

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

It makes my palate tingle just writing this but there are more than two dozen wineries and vineyards located in the Vancouver Island region.  Many are in the Cowichan Valley, in communities such as Cobble Hill, Duncan and Lake Cowichan, and the Saanich Peninsula, near Sidney by the Sea, on Vancouver Island, as well as the southern Gulf Islands.  The Vancouver Island wine trail extends  up island to Courtenay and Denman and Hornby Islands.  Lower Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands boast some of the warmest growing regions in Canada.  A variety of microclimates exist enabling several of the island wineries to produce award winning wines.  Often the wineries are small and family owned.  They work to craft excellent,  low volume wines for local restaurants and on site sale.  Most are not available in stores, but visitors are welcome and frequently rave about their finds.