Canadian National Park: Gulf Islands

by Cie McCullough Buschle on April 28, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids, Travel Ideas

The Gulf Islands park only contains some of British Columbia’s Gulf Island Archipelago, as well as numerous islets and reef areas.

British Columbia Gulf Islands

British Columbia Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands are in between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, and as such are susceptible to urban and recreational development from both sides. The Park is only about 14 square miles of islands and islets, but also includes an additional 10 square miles of submerged land. The climate has been compared to the Mediterranean

To visit the islands you must go by ferry, boat or seaplane. Many of the islands allow camping, but some are only back-country campsites, with no potable water and no fires, in any season. Mayne Island holds the historic Georgina Point lighthouse, and has a population of about eleven hundred year round residents. Russell Island is famous for the Hawaiian people that emigrated to Canada in the late 1700s and settled there. There are hiking trails on almost every island.

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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