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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

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Experience the park, an archipelago of sheltered islands, islets and reefs in the Salish Sea. Breathe in the sea air and the Mediterranean-like climate while exploring stunning beaches, peaceful coves and lush forest trails. Take in the spectacular...more
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2220 Harbour Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2P6, Canada
+1 866-944-1744
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

A visit to Vancouver Island is only complete if it includes the Gulf Island National Park, with its wonderful scenery and animal wildlife!

Thank BoThi
Reviewed August 12, 2018

We took a ferry over to Sidney Skip and enjoyed several hours hiking. There is camping allowed there as well. Was quiet and nice...did not see much wildlife except birds...

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed January 8, 2018

If you are into Kayaking or boating, this is such an amazing area. The scenery is gorgeous, wildlife is abundant (we saw dolphins, seals, eagles).

Thank Gord H
Breanna P, Public Relations Manager at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Hi Gord, thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and were able to see some of the local wildlife!

Reviewed October 18, 2017

we visitied this park in the summer it was quiet and nice, few crowds water was still aloittle cold to go swimming but its Canada so what can you expect but the water was freshing even if the kids did not stay in too long

Thank mulgrew
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Very nice campground with basic amenities. We were boondocking with a small trailer and our site was good and fairly private. Campground is smallish and the toilets are clean but they are below what one would expect from a Parks Canada facility; lots of flies...More

Thank Taqulik
Reviewed July 23, 2017

what a wonderful place to have a park while a boat is the ideal way to see the park much can also be observed from shore and in the shallow waters,

Thank Duncan C
Reviewed May 23, 2017

The GINPR is a great combination of islands, beaches and primitive camping. The spit on Sidney Island is world class and the racoons on Princess Margaret Island are a hoot. Check them out on the ferry terminal side by the old apple orchard it's a...More

Thank Jimmy C
Reviewed April 10, 2017

The Saturday market is interesting but small at this time of year. Interesting flavored sea salts. A lot of jewelery, few handcrafts. Drove the whole island, lovely. The cheese farm is also of interest. Lots to try and taste.

Thank Kanng17
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Many thing to do here: whale watching, bird watching, boating, paddle board, SUP, dining, kayaking, photography, sailing... you name it!

4  Thank veronicamx90
Breanna P, Visitor Experience Team Member at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Reviewed June 14, 2016

We spent 3 days on North Pender Island, and explored both North Pender and South Pender by kayak and on land, including a hike up Mount Norman. The national park is an oddity, with a patchwork of lands scattered across several islands, so it’s hard...More

Thank Allen T
Breanna P, Visitor Experience Team Member at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2016

Thanks for your review Allen. Glad to hear you enjoyed the trails and the amazing views from Mount Norman. I will share the missing signage issue with our maintenance team.

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June 29, 2017|
Response from Breanna P | Property representative |
The street address for the campground is: 10740 McDonald Park Road, North Saanich, BC, V8L 5S5 From North Vancouver you'll need to take a ferry to Vancouver Island. If you take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, drive south to... More
Calvin B
February 7, 2016|
Response from Breanna P | Property representative |
Yes - There is overnight accommodation available throughout Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. We offer a variety of camping experiences including front country drive in campgrounds (McDonald Campground, Sidney B.C... More