Eagles and seabirds swirl in the skies above the Salish Sea, sheltered, islet-dotted waters teeming with seals, otters, orcas and pods of porpoises. Kayak, hike or cycle a lush paradise with rare eco-systems basking in a Mediterranean-like climate - the forested Gulf Islands are laced with trails leading to mountaintop viewpoints, lighthouses, and reminders of First Nations and pioneer pasts, while their shores and lagoons are a haven for thriving birdlife.

Featured things to do

Sea Lions perched on rocks.
Get close to nature and take in the wildlife

Skies and shorelines bustle with birdlife while the waters of the Salish Sea surrounding Gulf Islands National Park Reserve teem with marine life from otters to orcas - a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

Kayakers paddle in front of a sunset near Pender Island.
Paddle in paradise in the protected Salish waters

Paddle a kayak amid the Gulf Islands’ sheltered labyrinth of islands and islets, exploring rocky shorelines and hidden coves, spotting birdlife and marine creatures before camping on a beach you have all to yourself.

Sailboats and powerboats moor at Sidney Spit.
Sail the Salish Sea’s maze of islands

Sail or cruise amid the labyrinth of small and large Southern Gulf Islands, past serene bays and rocky shorelines, stopping for a beach picnic, a woodland hike or to visit an historic Hawaiian homestead.

Getting here

Operations Centre
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney BC V8L 2P6


Hours of operation

Operations Centre
Monday to Friday,
from 8 am to 4 pm

Complete schedule

Hours of operation for 2018 will be published as soon as the dates are confirmed.


Free admission for youth in 2018.
Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 250-654-4000
Toll-Free (in North America only): 1-866-944-1744
Email: gulf.islands@pc.gc.ca

Discover Parks Canada in 2018!

Parks Canada invites families to explore Canada’s most amazing destinations. Youth admission will be free starting January 2018. 

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