The Gulf Islands Of British Columbia – Truly Unique!
The 'Gulf Islands', as popularly known, form a fringe along the
South East coast of Vancouver Island, between Comox Harbour and
the United States boundary. The overall distance is about 62.14
kilometers (100 miles), but a break of 64.4 kilometers (40 miles)
separates the northern and southern groups. They all lie on the
south-western side of the Strait of Georgia. The Gulf Islands are
separated by about 6.44 kilometers (4 miles) of water from the nearest
of the San Juan Islands off Washington State. Taken as a whole,
the Gulf Islands cover an area of approximately 40,470 hectares
The Gulf Islands consist of 15 comparatively large islands and
several dozen smaller insular masses ranging from Salt Spring Island
181.3 square kilometres (70 square miles) down to islets scarcely
above water at high tide.
The northern group of islands includes Denman Island (just south
of the Comox Peninsula) and Hornby Island (offshore from Denman).
The southern group falls into three sub-divisions. The near-shore
islands are closely related to the mainland from which they are
separated by narrow, generally irregular water channels. They include,
from North to South: Newcastle and Protection Islands (close to
Nanaimo), Thetis, Kuper, Salt Spring (the largest), Prevost, North
and South Pender, Portland and Moresby Islands. Numerous small islands
farther south are not included here.
The outer sub-group consists of five large elongated islands facing
the Strait of Georgia. From North to South they are: Gabriola, Valdes,
Galiano, Mayne and Saturna. A number of small islands are associated
A third sub-group consists of small island chains which lie between
the two main sub-groups. To the north are Mudge, DeCourcy, Ruxton
and Pylades Islands and farther south, Reid, Hall, Norway, Secretary,
Wallace and associated islands.
The more important islands range in size from Salt Spring, 26 kilometers
(16 miles) from north to south with an average width of about 8
kilometers (5 miles), to Portland Island (Princess Margaret Marine
Park) which is about 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) in either diameter.
The inter-channel chains consist of small elongate islands, islets
Climate: The climatic conditions on the Gulf Islands
are similar to those on the adjacent parts of Vancouver Island.
Temperatures are generally moderate throughout the year, and extremes
of temperature are rare because of the marine influence. The average
frost-free period for the Gulf Islands is from 200 to 250 days.
Rainfall is moderate and varies from an average of 91.4 cm (36 in)
per year on Salt Spring Island to an over-all average of 76.2 cm
(30 in) each year for the other islands. Most of the rain falls
during winter months.
Discovery: In 1792, Captain George Vancouver met
Galiano and Valdes, Lieutenants of Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega
y Quadra, off Point Grey (Vancouver-mainland). Vancouver and the
Spanish skippers exchanged information on the passes between the
mainland and the large island later known as Quadra’s and
Vancouver’s Island, which had just been circumnavigated by
the Spaniards. These passes, very dangerous for sailing ships, were
those among what are now known as the Gulf Islands. Names given
at that time still remain, for instance, Narvaez Bay, Galiano, Valdez,
Gabriola and Saturna Islands. Surveying and charting of the area
continued for over a hundred years, first by British Admiralty ships
and then by the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
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