Southern Gulf Islands, BC, Canada

New York Times has SGI as the top 50 destinations in the world and we wouldf not disagree. Dream an island getaway to life in the heart of the Salish Sea. Make that islands plural, each with a distinctive character yet all sharing unspoilt natural beauty and a sublimely tranquil pace of life. The characters who reside here are pretty unique too: writers, artists and musicians, B&B owners and retired millionaires, hippies and spiritual seekers, farmers, cheesemakers and easy going folk of all kinds. No matter their background, everyone has set their clocks to “Island Time,” and that means no fuss, no rush (at least until it’s time to catch the next ferry out).

The southern Gulf Islands sit pretty along Vancouver Island’s eastern coastline, stretching from Saturna near the Canada/ U.S. maritime border north to Gabriola off shore from Nanaimo. A half dozen of the larger islands are home to vibrant communities and are full-service vacation destinations for weekenders and long-stay visitors. Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound

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