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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

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

Mayne, Saturna and Pender Islands are reached by car ferry from Swartz Bay, 31 km from Victoria. Sidney Spit is a summer passenger ferry ride from the Town of Sidney. The rest of the park and protected waters are accessible by kayaks, powerboat or sailboat. There is no interpretive center. There are 9 backcountry camping areas on eight islands and two drive-in campgrounds on Vancouver and North Pender Islands. Though open year round, there are some winter access restrictions.

Hours of operation

Find our hours of operation of our administrative building. Learn when facilities are open.


Find a complete list of fees for Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.


Download the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Visitor Guide, maps, and pamphlets.

Leave No Trace

Follow the Leave No Traces outdoor principles for a sustainable experience.

How to get here


Operations Centre
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney BC V8L 2P6




By drive-on ferry

BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service to and from Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Mayne, Saturna and the Pender islands. Once you arrive at the ferry terminal, you can only access park lands by driving or cyclingClick here for a map of Park lands.

By walk-on ferry

Sidney Spit is accessible during the summer months by a passenger ferry departing from the Town of Sidney.  

By boat or kayak

All other areas of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are accessible only by powerboat, sailboat or kayak. Discover the boating and kayaking experiences in the Gulf Islands.

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