Gulf Island National Park Reserve
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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is a collection of reefs, islands, and islets located in British Columbia off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. This beautiful national park is the only place in Canada that has a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and mild but wet winters. The park is full of amazing wildlife to watch like seals, porpoises, otters, and orca whales. Explore some of the 15 islands and 30 smaller islets in this 14 square mile park. Summer is the best time to visit this national park, as many of the islands can only be accessed by kayak, sailboat, or power boat. Summer weather is dry and warm, making it a fantastic place to hike, camp, and play in the water. Spend your time at the park kayaking, take a scenic boat tour around the islands, or keep an eye out for the incredibly diverse wildlife in the area, including 15 endangered species of animals. And if you’re craving some time alone in nature, you can even leave the RV behind and paddle to some of these remote islands to dry tent camp.
- Spring 52-77 F
- Summer 72-92 F
- Fall 67-92 F
- Winter 49-70 F
- Coming soon
- Docking Fee: $3.2
- Buoy Mooring: $14
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Gulf Island National Park Reserve Hiking Trails
With 13 designated trails throughout the park, Gulf Island National Park Reserve has a wide variety of trails for all level of hikers. Wander along an easy shoreline trail to the beach, or hike to the top of a mountain for incredible views. And don’t forget to keep you eyes open for the variety of wildlife along the way!
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Things to do Outside Gulf Island National Park Reserve
This national park has plenty of beaches and shoreline to discover. Visit Winter Cove on Saturna Island for a family friendly beach adventure. It’s a popular day use recreational area with swimming, fishing, and kayaking, as well as trails through the Douglas-fir forest. Or spend your days exploring the sea. The waters around the islands are part of the Salish Sea, which includes the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. Spend your days kayaking, sailing, or power boating around the straits and to the island beaches. Keep an eye out for sea life, and enjoy the summer weather! Several local companies even offer multi day paddle trips around the sea for those looking for adventure. And while you’re visiting the islands, take some time to explore Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Stop by the Royal BC Museum to learn about natural history, or visit the Butchart Gardens to walk through the gorgeous displays of plants and flowers.
RV Resorts & Campsites near Gulf Island National Park Reserve
SMONEĆTEN Campground. The SMONEĆTEN Campground is a great campground for you to explore the national park. The campground is close to the Swartz Bay ferry that will take you to the Gulf Islands as well as mainland British Columbia. It’s also near the Sidney-Anacortes ferry for access to and from the United States. The park is open from May 1 – September 30 and reservations are highly recommended. There are 49 primitive sites with no hook ups, but there is potable water and pit toilets in the campground. Reservations can be made at reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca. Prior Centennial Campground. If you’re looking to stay even closer to the national park, try Prior Centennial Campground. This campground is located on North Pender Island set among a forest and nearby walking trails. There’s also a nearby Disc Golf course. The campground is open from May 15 – Sept 30 and reservations are recommended. There are 17 primitive campsites with potable water and pit toilets at the campground.
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How to get to Gulf Island National Park Reserve
From Washington take 1-5 north into Canda. Continue onto BC-99 N to BC-17. Take BC-17 to the Mayne Island and Saturna Island, BC ferry. You’ll need to take the Ferry to Saturna Island and the national park.
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