Established in 2003, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia’s beautiful southern Gulf Islands archipelago. These islands are representative of the Strait of Georgia Lowlands, one of the most ecologically at risk natural regions in southern Canada. This small park reserve includes thirty-five square kilometers of land and marine area on fifteen islands, numerous islets and reefs which provide valuable habitat for seals and nesting shorebirds. and another twenty-six square kilometers of submerged protected lands. The park is a perfect setting for visitors who wish to kayak and boat in the many sheltered bays and coves throughout the islands and also for those who simply wish to slow their pace and enjoy strolling on the beaches or appreciate the rich and diverse wildlife that this unique area has to offer.