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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

How to Get Here

Visiting Russell Island
Visiting Russell Island
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Step 1 – Getting to Vancouver or Victoria

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is a short boat ride away from British Columbia’s two urban centres, Vancouver and Victoria. To get to these cities, consider travelling:

  • By Bus: Both Vancouver and Victoria have regular Pacific Coach lines bus service.
  • By Car
  • By Plane

Step 2 – Getting to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

By Drive-On Ferry

BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service to Mayne, Saturna and the Pender Islands. Once you arrive at the ferry terminal, you can only access park lands by driving or cycling.

By Walk-On Ferry

Sidney Spit is accessible during the summer months by a passenger ferry departing from the Town of Sidney. Visitors can access the ferry at the dock at the foot of Beacon Avenue. Click here for sailing schedule and pricing.

By Boat or Kayak

All other areas of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are accessible only by powerboat, sailboat or kayak. Discover the boating and kayaking experiences in the Gulf Islands.