Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Temporary fire ban, effective July 12, 2024, until further notice, at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. More information.

A haven for wildlife, eagles and seabirds soar above the Salish Sea and British Columbia’s southern Gulf Islands off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Sheltered, islet-dotted waters teem with seals, otters, orcas and porpoises. Explore the rare eco-systems and unique Mediterranean-like climate.


Explore a wide variety of camping experiences, including front country, backcountry and overnight boat camping options!

Southern Resident Killer Whales

Learn more about endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, what Parks Canada is doing to protect them and actions you can take to help.

Leave No Trace™

The great outdoors are safer and more rewarding when you Leave No Trace™ remember “no trace on the place” and “no trace on others’ space.”

Main d'un interprète de Parcs Canada tenant un crâne d'oiseau et le montrant à un enfant et à son parent.

Interpretation programs

Explore. Learn. Connect. Park interpreters are here to share fun experiences with visitors in the park reserve. Join us for an evening program or outdoor activity during your visit to the park reserve!

Visiting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Activities and experiences

Things to do, boating, geocaching, picnicking, wildlife viewing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

Plan your visit

How to get here, local guides and outfitters, local attractions, facilities and services, meeting and event rentals.

Camping and overnight accommodations

Frontcountry, backcountry, group camping, and overnight boat camping.  

Tours and programs

Explore. Learn. Connect. Park interpreters are here to share fun experiences with visitors in the park reserve. 


Make a reservation for frontcountry campsites or backcountry campsites.


Camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Permits and licences

Business licenses,  special activity permits, kayaking and canoeing with custodial groups, commercial film and photography permits.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, trail conditions, weather conditions, seasonal safety, park regulations.  

About Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Nature and science

Conservation and science, animals, plants, the environment, and research.

Culture and history

Indigenous connections, history, archeology, cultural landscape, architecture, historic engineering.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, film permits, research permits, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

General inquiries:
Phone: 1-866-944-1744 (toll free)

For emergencies within the national park reserve: Phone: 911 

Hours of operation

Administrative Building: 2220 Harbour Rd, Sidney, BC V8L 2P6. 

Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Closed on statutory holidays and from December 25-29, 2023.


Frontcountry: May 15 through September 30.

Backcountry: Year-round.

For more information


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