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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

2220 Harbour Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2P6, Canada
+1 866-944-1744
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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 ocean views with glimpses of seals, sea lions, porpoises and Orca whales. Connect with fascinating local culture and people, or enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking and an extensive interpretive program, including a multi-route geocaching program for all ages.
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2220 Harbour Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2P6, Canada
+1 866-944-1744
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 24 July 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 24 May 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 11 April 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 29 June 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 8 July 2016

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

Reviewed 14 June 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 8 July 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.

Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

We booked a 5 day live-aboard sailing course on the boat TULA out of Sidney harbour. We sailed or motored 9 to 5 each day, with a lunch stop at a marina or anchored in a cove. Some nights we anchored or moored, on others...More

2  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 18 September 2014

The Lochside trail is really well signed and maintained. We enjoy riding it from the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal, into Victoria. The trail is basically flat, and very easy to cycle. I would recommend it for cyclists who can handle a longer distance.

1  Thank Morag V
Reviewed 22 August 2014

take the time to go to any of the gulf islands especially Saturna and see the natural beauty it offers all ages. There's biking, kayaking, walking trails, good food and a winery.

2  Thank yeshiyang
Reviewed 14 September 2013

We kayak through the Gulf Islands National Park from our home in North Saanich. There is an excellent "put-in" at Roberts Bay (a wildlife reserve in Sidney). The small islands (e.g. Coal, Domville) in the Haro Strait team with wildlife - deer, mink, racoons, otter...More

2  Thank Ruperto
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30 June 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
8 February 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