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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in British Columbia Gulf Islands, Canada your home away from home

Holidaymakers looking for a mixture of a dry and warm climate with beautiful scenery and Canadian hospitality may look no further than the British Columbia Gulf Islands. These spectacularly scenic islands are located between Vancouver Island and the west coast of British Columbia in Canada. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, cottages, B&Bs and campsites.

Things to do on holiday to British Columbia Gulf Islands, Canada

There are many fun things to do on the dozen or so larger islands as well as the numerous other small ones. Of course being islands means there are lots of water based activities including swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, diving, sailing and moonlight cruises. All of the islands have public beaches for visitors to relax and soak up the sun.There are some excellent golf courses on a couple of the islands including two on Salt Spring Island and another on Gabriola Island. With so much flora and fauna to see the islands are excellent locations for hiking, horse riding and cycling as well as staying still and doing some bird watching. Visitors can also try other diverse ranges of sports from tennis and rollerblading to skydiving.Almost all the islands have at least one pub serving food as well as restaurants, although the selection is somewhat limited on the smaller islands. There are numerous places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink, especially on Gabriola Island. On Mayne Island there is also a farmers market at Deacon Vale Farm.

Places to visit on holiday to British Columbia Gulf Islands, Canada

There are a number of interesting places to visit here including historic buildings and churches such as St. Mary Magdalene Church on Mayne Island. The islands have many artists, sculptors and potters and there are local galleries for visitors to go and see.Island maps often suggest to some helpful walking or driving tours. Holidaymakers can also take boat trips around the islands and to the Canadian mainland. Boat trips will take passengers to the neighbouring Vancouver Island, which has some interesting attractions such as Paradise Fun Park and Craig Heritage Park, Museum and Archives.

Weather in British Columbia Gulf Islands, Canada

The warmest time of the year in this part of Canada is generally July and August when the average high temperature is around 23 degrees centigrade. In December and January the temperatures dip with an average high of only 5 degrees centigrade. The summer months of June to August will see very little rain, but late in the year you might see as much as six inches of rain especially in November and December. However, the islands get only 30 inches of rain throughout the whole year.

Travel to British Columbia Gulf Islands, Canada

Vancouver International Airport is the nearest major airport to the Gulf Islands with Air Canada the main airline operating here. They have flights to and from Beijing, Cancun, Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo as well as major U.S cities such as Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and San Diego amongst others. Other airlines fly from other major cities around the world such as Auckland, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London-Gatwick as well as many others during the holiday season. The Gulf Islands are accessible via BC Ferries or private and commercial boats.

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