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Snow-capped Mt. Baker dominates the background of the Gulf Islands. Photo by Greg Shea.

The Gulf Islands lie between Victoria and Vancouver, and are a hot spot for recreation and tourists in the summer. The laid-back vibe of the locals and the abundant beaches, swimming spots, and hiking trails are a draw for many, especially after the New York Times highlighted the area as one of their 52 Places to Go in 2016. It is easy to experience the few larger islands by ferry in the summer months; however, we think it is even better in the spring. Here’s why:

1. The Wildflowers Are in Bloom

With the sun come colourful flowers and buzzing bumblebees. Wildflowers such as Sea Blush, Blue-Eyed Mary, Fawn Lily, and Trillium paint the bluffs and fields in colour. Read about the wildflowers you can see in the Gulf Islands here.

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A bumble bee is busy working on the Pink Sea Blush. Photo by Kevin Smith.

2. The Weather is Mild and Enjoyable

Although most of Canada may be experiencing snow and heavy rains, we are lucky to be able to enjoy days of blue sky, sunshine, and mild weather.

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It’s t-shirt weather in the spring! Summer comes early in the Gulf Islands. Photo by Greg Shea

3. The Islands Are Quiet

While everyone else is saving the Gulf Islands for the summer, we have the anchorages to ourselves. It is our own private wilderness to explore.

SV Maple Leaf is enjoying her solitude. Photo by Kevin Smith.

SV Maple Leaf is enjoying her solitude. Photo by Kevin Smith.

4. Wildlife Is Abundant

From Phytoplankton to Orca Whales, the Salish Sea is full of life during the Spring months – driven by the sun and ocean currents that create a rich soup of food.

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A guest enjoying an incredible Orca show on our 2016 Gulf Islands trip. Photo by Greg Shea.

5. The Islands Are in Celebration

The wildlife is visible, our souls are being warmed by the sun, and the islands seem to be celebrating that it is Spring!

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MV Swell at anchor, enjoying a celebration of color. Photo by Hover Collective

Want to experience the joys of the Gulf Islands in the Spring for yourself? Find our Schedule here.