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The Gulf Islands & The Sunshine Coast:

The British Columbia Gulf Islands are some of the most beautiful Islands in the world. Many have idyllic white sand beaches and for the most part they are generally undeveloped. They lie in the protected waters between Vancouver Island and the BC Mainland. Most Islands have permanent residents, but the environment of these islands is fiercely protected. Most of the larger islands are accessible by ferry from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver. For some, you have to go to Victoria first and then another ferry. The smaller ones are only accessible by private boat. See links below for Schedules. The whole area is a sailors paradise due to the calm sheltered waters surrounding these Islands. Climate can vary widely from island to island from west coast rain forest to semi-arid, depending on their location. The islands are best explored by bike. Some of them have very little road infrastructure. The largest Island is Saltspring, which has a Hostel and is only accessible from Victoria. The Hostel on Saltspring is great. It is located on 12 acres, located 15 minutes from the ferry, you can stay in Teepees or a Tree House. Rooms in the lodge are $50 a night, but the Teepees are only around $16. The place has barbecues, a Volleyball court and Crochet sets (Phone 250-537-4149). Most of the Islands have bed and breakfast accommodation.

GULF ISLAND  LINKS
Gulf Islands tour guide Gulf Islands Web Site
BC Ferries -South  Ferry Schedules for the Southern Gulf Islands
BC Ferries-North  Ferry Schedules for the Northern Gulf Islands
Gulf Islands Online Everything about the Gulf Islands
Gulf Islands  Another good Information Link for Gulf Islands.
Gulf Islands BC Travel & Tourism Another Gulf Islands Site
Accommodations Gulf Islands On Line Booking
Victoria & Gulf Islands Info  Another Information Link for Gulf Islands
The Gulf Islands Gulf Island Web Site
Saltspring HI Hostel Saltspring Hostel
Saltspring Hostel  Same as above, but this is the hostel's own web site
Azure Transport Charter Bus Tour to Saltspring Island
Saltspring:Isle of Views Pictures of Saltspring Island
Ocean Look B&B Gibsons B&B (Sunshine Coast)
Beddis House Bed & Breakfast Home Page Saltspring Island B&B
A Perfect Perch Saltspring Island B&B
Cranberry Ridge Bed and Breakfast Saltspring Island B&B
IslandCam- Live Images of the San Juan Islands These are the American Islands in the same chain
Saltspring Lavender Lavender farm & products

 

The Sunshine Coast (and Whistler):

This area is accessed via a ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver (Sechelt Ferry) or from Comox on Vancouver Island. Another ferry ride is required to get to Powell River further up the coast. Close to this second ferry at Earls Cove is one of the worlds most remarkable sights, Skookumchuck Narrows. Here a normally calm inlet turns into a set of raging rapids as the tide changes. The rapids reverse themselves as the tide goes either in or out. Powell River is also where you have to go, in order to get to the Hostel at Fiddlehead Farm. To do this you have to catch the bus to Powell River at the Main Street Station in Vancouver. (See my Phone Numbers and useful links page, for Malaspina Coach Lines).

Whistler is accessed by road from Vancouver by following Highway 99 north past Squamish. There are several links and other references to Whistler elsewhere on this web site. 

SUNSHINE COAST LINKS
Online Booking Whistler Book Whistler Hotels Online
Up The Creek Backpackers B&B Langdale/Roberts Creek
Sunshine Coast B&B Association Local B&B Association
Seascape B&B Gibsons
Sunshine Coast B&B A Coastal View Retreat, Sechelt B&B
Sunshine Coast Good Sunshine Coast Tourism Page
Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce Tourist Info for Sechelt, BC, Lower Sunshine Coast
Powell River Tourist Info for Powell River, North Sunshine Coast
Fiddlehead Farm Youth Hostel
Hostelling International - Whistler Whistler Hostel

             
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