Gulf Islands Guide

There are over a dozen large islands (and lots of small ones) – Saltspring, Saturna, Pender to name just a few – lying between Vancouver Island and the mainland just north of Victoria B.C. The area's mild mediterranean climate, sheltered bays and dramatic coastline make it a sailor's paradise.

The wildlife was amazing! Bald eagles,
curious seals, and if you are lucky, a pod
of orcas up close!                 

The islands and surrounding ocean are rich with ecologically diverse plants and sea life including Garry oaks, wild lilies, kelp beds and orcas, the world's largest dolphin. Read more on wikipedia about the reserve established in 2003 by Parks Canada to protect the area’s unique ecosystem.
» Gulf Islands National Park Reserve : wikipedia

There are many interesting ports of call that we visit regularly visit on Tula. Here is a growing list of some of our favourite places:

Restaurants & Pubs

After a week-long 'learn to cruise' adventure, post-exam, we head out to one of the following restaurants, depending where we are, for a crew-sponsored dinner.

Government Dock, Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island
We like the Oystercatcher as it is right at the Government Dock where we regularly moor Tula. If we have been out for a few days and are looking for a new food experience, there is nothing better than walking only a few steps when you are good and hungry. And besides, we can sit and watch all the boats coming and going. Shipstone’s Pub is at boardwalk level where one can while away the summer hours and people-watch over good ales around a flaming fire-pit. Upstairs in the dining-room you can order the same food as the Pub or choose fine local seafood, like the famous Saltspring Island mussels, delivered with grace and friendly style.
» Salt Spring Inn

Poet’s Cove Resort, Bedwell Harbour
Syrens is at ocean level. The section in front of the fire place is set aside for dinners, where they offer a daily set dinner menu (table d’hôte) in addition to the marina pub menu. Syrens is casually elegant and has classic comfort-food favourites, created with fresh local, seasonal and organic ingredients with a Gulf Island twist. We sit on the patio and enjoy a glass of fine wine in the summer overlooking the Marina. There is nothing better after a gruelling day at sea!!
» Poet's Cove Resort

Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet
Victoria's only five star oceanfront hotel resort and spa, the Resort is very chic. The romantic SeaGrille Dining Room has a dramatic contemporary west coast design and spectacular sunsets. The ocean views and cozy seating next to the crackling wood burning fireplace make this a place for fine food and even better wines from their award winning wine cellar. The Essence of Life Spa was recently described in Frommer’s Guidebook as “the finest resort spa on the West Coast”. We like the sheltered marina and the friendly atmosphere here.
» Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa

Hope Bay, Pender Island
Although the ferry traffic going past the dock can sometimes result in rocking when moored to the small Government Dock, we like this place for a leisurely lunch stop. The shops around the Cafe are a delight. The Cafe wine list features Morning Bay Pinot Gris from Pender Island and on a recent visit we had a nice lunch overlooking Plumper Sound.
» Hope Bay Cafe   

Here is helpful website with loads of information and links.
» The Gulf Island Guide

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