Texada Island, BC, also referred to as Si'yi yen by the First Nation Sliammon People . The island is located off the Sunshine Coast mainland in the Malaspina Strait at the mouth of the Jervis Inlet. Texada Island has two villages- Van Anda and Gillies Bay . Most of the local population resides on the northern third of the island closest to the BC Ferry terminal in Blubber Bay.
Texada Island is the largest Gulf Island and one of the few that is an industry based economy with three working limestone quarries, some forestry companies, agricultural businesses, and some small business such as art galleries, retail shops and retail stores. Many visual and performing artisans call Texada Island home so, as you can imagine, there are many art galleries and artist studios located throughout the island.
Texada Island is a recreational destination for both the human and bird population. The island retreat is home to 260 plus birds including such beauties as herons, Bald Eagles ravens, loons, cormorants, osprey and harlequins. The island enjoys many outdoor adventure activities including boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and golf.
Boaters can enjoy moorage offshore or at any of the many marinas on Texada Island in the bays and coves. There is limited moorage at Marble Bay near Van Anda, on the northeast coast of the island.
Hikers should make an effort to explore Shelter Point Park and make time to take a trek up the steep climb up Mount Pocahontas (1,745 ft.) to enjoy some spanning views of Vancouver Island, Georgia Strait, and the Coast Mountain range on the BC mainland.