Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, Sidney

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 10+ reviews on the web
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is the sixth of eight National Park Reserves in a system of 46 parks and park reserves across Canada. Located in British Columbia's Gulf Islands, it covers over 15 islands. It also includes numerous islets and reef areas.Getting ThereMayne Island, Pender Island and Saturna Island are all serviced by BC Ferries. Schedules vary seasonally by island.Float plane service is available from the Vancouver International Airport and Victoria Airports to the larger islands of Mayne, Pender and Saturna.Sidney Spit (on Sidney Island) is serviced by a privately operated walk-on ferry.Dinghy docks are available at Winter Cove (Saturna Island), Roesland (Pender Island), Russell Island, and at Princess Bay and Royal Cove on Portland Island. All marine-accessible GINPR properties have beach accesses suitable for pulling up kayaks, canoes or small boats.Cabbage Island, Sidney Spit (Sidney Island) and Beaumont (Pender Island) all offer mooring buoys to larger marine vessels. Dock space is available at Sidney Spit (Sidney Island).Many companies offer marine charters to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Refer to the Licensed Operators List on the GINPR website for a list of business licensed to operate in GINPR.The IslandsCabbage IslandCamping:Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers 5 kayak-in (or boat-in), backcountry campsites on Cabbage Island. There is no potable water available on Cabbage Island and no campfires are allowed, regardless of season.
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  • Many thing to do here: whale watching, bird watching, boating, paddle board, SUP, dining, kayaking, photography, sailing... you name it! 
  • We spent 3 days on North Pender Island, and explored both North Pender and South Pender by kayak and on land, including a hike up Mount Norman. The national park is an oddity, with a patchwork of land...  read more »
  • We booked a 5 day live-aboard sailing course on the boat TULA out of Sidney harbour. We sailed or motored 9 to 5 each day, with a lunch stop at a marina or anchored in a cove. Some nights we anchored ...  read more »
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