The Gulf Islands Archipelago consists of 14 main tourism destination islands. All are located off the east coast of Vancouver Island and the west coast of the BC mainland. They all rest on the shores of the Strait of Georgia ( Salish Sea ). The archipelago is broken down into the south, central and north Gulf Islands. The South Gulf Islands includes Salt Spring, Gabriola, Galiano, Mayne, Saturna and Pender Islands. The Central Gulf Islands includes Denman, Hornby, and Thetis Islands. The Northern Gulf Islands consists of Cormorant (Alert Bay), Malcolm (Sointula), Cortes and Quadra Islands.
The most popular adventures and activities enjoyed on the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada includes sea kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, SUP, wildlife/whale touring, beachcombing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, birdwatching ( birding ), art touring, camping, swimming, wind surfing and kite surfing.
A few of the more popular activity and sightseeing park and trail destinations located on Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada includes Mount Maxwell Provincial Park (Salt Spring); Mount Norman Park (Pender); Mt. Parke Regional Park (Mayne); Boyle Point Provincial Park (Denman); Montague Harbour Provincial Park (Galiano); Gabriola Sands Provincial Park-Twin Beach (Gabriola); Tribune Bay Provincial Park (Hornby); Pilkey Point (Thetis); Bere Point Regional Park (Sointula); Smelt Bay Provincial Park (Cortes); Alert Bay Ecological Park (Alert Bay) and the Rebecca Spit Provincial Marine Park (Quadra).
The most visited sightseeing attractions, art and historical sites on the Gulf Islands, British Columbia are the U'Mista Cultural Centre (Alert Bay), 1885 Georgina Point Lighthouse (Mayne); Pultenay Point Lighthouse (Sointula); Natural Burial Cemetery (Denman); Entrance Island Lighthouse (Orlebar Point); Natural History Centre (Hornby); Roesland -1908 farmhouse (Pender Islands); Cape Mudge Lighthouse (Quadra); and the Heiwa Garden (Salt Spring).
Travel services important to travelers in Alert Bay on the Gulf Islands, BC includes accommodations (hotels, motels, resorts, vacation homes, cottages, bed and breakfasts ( B&Bs) cabins, hostels), campgrounds, grocery stores, pubs, gift stores, liquor stores, banks, gas stations, cell service, pubs, internet and transportation services including marinas, taxis, car rentals, airports, aerodromes, rail, water taxis and BC Ferry service to and from the Gulf Islands.