Mayne, Saturna and Pender Islands are reached by car ferry from Swartz Bay, 31 km from Victoria. Sidney Spit is a summer passenger ferry ride from the Town of Sidney. The rest of the park and protected waters are accessible by kayaks, powerboat or sailboat.

There is no interpretive centre. There are 10 backcountry camping areas on eight islands and two drive-in campgrounds on Vancouver and North Pender Islands. Though open year round, there are some winter access restrictions.


Getting here

Location

Operations Centre
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney BC V8L 2P6

By drive-on ferry

BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service to and from Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Mayne, Saturna and the Pender islands. Once you arrive at the ferry terminal, you can only access park lands by driving or cyclingClick here for a map of Park lands.

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.

Free admission in 2017.
Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Bus parking
Information Information
Picnic Area Picnic area
Rentals
Restaurant or café
Bank or ATM
Dogs on leash
Lookout Lookout
Picnic Shelter Picnic shelter
Rentals
Restrooms Restrooms
Beaches Beaches
Gift Shop Gift shop
Parking Parking
Playground
Rentals
Wi-Fi