Plan your visit

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

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 center. There are 9 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.

How to get here

Directions and distances to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve by boat, car and ferry. 

Location

Operations Centre
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney BC V8L 2P6

Phone
250-654-4000

Email
gulfinfo@pc.gc.ca

Directions

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.  

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.

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