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.
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
Fort Rodd Hill commemorates the history, stories and lessons of Canada’s emergence as a military presence on the world stage. Follow the trail to Fisgard Lighthouse in Esquimalt Harbour, a boon to navigators since 1860.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Catch a wave, or spread a blanket and watch the sun dip below the horizon. From rainforests on land to marine kelp forests at sea, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve embodies the rich natural and cultural heritage of Canada’s west coast.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Tour a historic Fraser River salmon cannery, through a herring reduction plan and interactive fishing displays. Learn about local marine life on the Fish Wall and be inspired by the industrious fishery of BC’s past.
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Experience life as a 19th century voyageur at Fort Langley, where the colony of British Columbia was born. Mingle with fur traders, pan for gold, learn the blacksmith’s art and camp in an HBC-themed oTENTik.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Amid lush rainforest islands and seas rich with wildlife, Gwaii Haanas harbours rare sites of carved poles and longhouses, making this park culturally important to the Haida people who co-manage cooperatively manage the region with Parks Canada.