GULF ESCAPES - CANADA There are many "Gulf" places in our world. The Gulf Islands TRAVELSAPIEN is referring too are the Canadian Gulf Islands off the Western Canada mainland. Straddling the 49th parallel located in the Gulf of Georgia between Vancouver and Victoria British Columbia. Just north of the American San Juan Islands Washington State. Now the San Juan Islands are no slouch either however the Canadian version holds something very special. Probably very Canadian.
Protected as they are the Gulf Islands are made up of some 300 Islands in the Southern Gulf area. Now THAT is a lot of exploring to do! Pebble Beaches, Arbutus Trees, Orcas, Eagles, Sea Lions, Salmon, Shell Fish, Land Otter, Warm Sultry Summers, artisans and on it goes.
Maddronna and Garry Oak is everywhere, Friendly People, Farmers, (the famous Saltspring Island Lamb) comes from this area, Studios of Writers, Potters, Painters, Weavers, Spinners, Wood Carvers, Micro Breweries, Organic Coffee Roasters, the Gulf Islands will keep you dazzled every moment of your day. Bicycle Tours, Ocean Kyakking, Hiking, Golf, Walking, Wilderness and Wildlife Cruising, Sailing (yourself or skippered) Charming Guest Houses and Quaint Local Hotels. Natural beauty is bountiful.
To get a picture of the rugged areas look to the southern most point of the larger Vancouver Island to "Race Rocks". Try the LIVE CAM at www.racerocks.com There you can control the camera to take in Sea Lions, live, sunning themselves on the rocky shelves.
To really enjoy the Gulf Islands TRAVELSAPIEN would suggest having a local with all the knowledge of the area show you the best of the best. The people at www.gulfescapes.com are long time experts in putting together packages that will have you active, and, getting the most out of your valuable time. Link them here or on the sidebar if you want to know more. Gulf Escapes has downloadable brochures mapping out great vacation opportunities.
Ask for Jon De West. Everyone knows Jon.
TRAVELSAPIEN would say that the Gulf Islands are one of the world's wonders on this planet. A haven for escape and relaxation. Four Season Splendour. There are enough islands to keep you busy a long, long time. More and more folks are discovering these islands make a great retirement location as well. People like Donald Dashwood on Saltspring Island is a master builder and anyone there can tell you how to find him. I mean how big an Island is it? Not. If you want something, very different, along the line of West Coast Log, then www.nevilogcanada.com
Either contractor can build your dream get-a-way or full time Shangrila. If you want something far less extravigante', no problemo, from basic cabins to riches the choice is always yours.
So get with it everyone! The Gulf Islands call. So many. So little time.