We will be open at 10:30 am. Call 020 7590 0635
Salt Spring Island

The Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands tailor-made holidays


The Gulf Islands are rugged, carpeted atolls, peppered with hiking and biking trails, kayaking routes among remote crags, and a buzzing arts and creative culture. Due to their chilly waters and somewhat remote location they don't draw in large crowds, meaning you'll be accompanied by far fewer tourists than in neighbouring Vancouver Island, whether you want to scuba dive, go fishing or sail its sprawling waters.

The Northern Gulf Islands

The Northern Gulf Islands are sometimes referred to as the Discovery Islands, a spectacular archipelago comprised of wonderful scenery, and an abundance of wildlife. View migrating whales along the Discovery Passage from Campbell River, learn of First Nations history in the Kwagiulth Museum in Quadra Island, and spot black bears, seals and eagles among dense rock-lined forests on Sonora Island.

The Southern Gulf Islands

At the southern part of the Strait of Georgia, The Southern Gulf Islands are accessible from nearby Vancouver and Victoria and include the popular Salt Spring Island, excellent for diving off Beddish Beach and kayaking among craggy inlets. Head to the neighbouring rural splendours of the Pender Islands, where a laidback way of life lies alongside historic farms, charming ports and undulating countryside. Wineries, exotic plant life and hiking trips abound, with both islands attracting a range of bird life for keen watchers. An almost Mediterranean climate attracts a whole host of different people to the numerous islands, from the buzzing community of Hornby Island to the remote Saturna Islands, featuring sandstone monoliths, untouched, old-growth forest, and panoramic Mount Warburton Pike.

Top itineraries in The Gulf Islands

Canada's Pacific Coast Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,385 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made fly-drive pairs Vancouver and Victoria's city highlights with the natural wonders and wildlife of Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Rim National Park.

Sonora and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Vancouver

11-day tailor-made journey from £10,370 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made tour is ideal for those who want to experience the wilderness, wildlife and adventure of British Colombia, but also want to stay in the height of comfort. It also includes Vancouver: a beautiful, cosmopolitan and cultured British Colombia city.

See all itinerary ideas

Where to go in The Gulf Islands

Sonora Island

Sonora Island travel offers a chance to relax and discover the surrounding wilderness at its only resort. You can even travel to the island by helicopter to view the glaciers, mountain peaks and red and yellow cedars.

Quadra Island

Quadra Island is the largest of The Northern Gulf Islands. The further north you travel the smaller the population on the island and more tranquil the atmosphere.

South Pender Island

A South Pender Island holiday brings together stunning views from Mount Norman and beaches to unwind on after a hike in Beaumont Marine Park.

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island travel is also noted for whale and bird watching. The highly populated island is popular for its art and music scenes with Ganges worth a visit for its craft market.

See all places

Meet our The Gulf Islands experts

Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0635

Meet the team

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0635 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 45 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation
  • In-depth Wexas travel guides

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Wexas Travel App
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected