Gulf Islands & Victoria – 7 nights

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Gulf Islands & Victoria, 7 Nights

Luxury Yacht Charter in British Columbia

The Gulf Islands run between Victoria and Nanaimo. Gulf Islands National Park was formed in 2003 by Parks Canada.  The New York Times cited the Gulf Islands on their “52 Places to Go in 2016.”

Enchanting Islands:

Saltspring Island (the town of Ganges is always a favorite)
“The Penders” (North Pender and South Pender Islands)
Portland Island
Saturna Island
Prevost Island
Tumbo Island
Mayne Island

Fun ashore:

Victoria (for a taste of merry olde England)
Ganges, the artsy town on Saltspring Island
Butchart Gardens
Brentwood Bay Marina
Cowichan Valley: wineries and mountain biking, oh my!
Poets Cove Resort
Deep Cove Winery & Restaurant
Funky island pubs and microbreweries

Tranquil Anchorages:

Irish Bay
Clam Bay
Burgoyne Bay

Getting Here:

OPTION 1: Have your yacht positioned to the calm, protected waters of the Gulf Islands, and fly in and out to meet it.  Private jets can utilize Nanaimo or Victoria International Airports.  Scheduled commercial flights may be available to either airport.  Seaplanes may be chartered from Vancouver BC or Seattle WA USA.  From Vancouver, a private seaplane charter flying time could be as short as 20 minutes to the Eastern edge of the Gulf Islands (for example Montague Harbour on Galiano Island), covering a distance that would take hours by yacht.

OPTION 2: On a larger yacht, you could begin and/or end in Vancouver, but please note this requires several hours crossing the open waters of the Straight of Georgia (at approx. 110 miles by 40 miles wide, these waters are not always calm).


Fun fact:

Captain Vancouver mistakenly named the Straight of Georgia as the “Gulf of Georgia,” but the Gulf Islands name remains!


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