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Established in 2003, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve covers more than 23 square miles and over 16 islands. Protecting a portion of British Columbia’s southern Gulf Island archipelago, the islands of Gulf Islands National Park Preserve are representative of the Strait of Georgia Lowlands, one of the most endangered natural regions in southern Canada. Although this park is small, it protects a number of islands, reefs, islets, and marine areas that are home to seals, sea birds, and many more marine animals. With so much beauty to explore, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve is an excellent British Columbia camping destination!
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Open year round, there are no fees just to enter the park. Located near millions of urban residents living along the shores of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve is one of the most popular marine regions in Canada. Even through the park is open year round, limited or no services are offered during the off season. The park enjoys a Mediterranean type of climate meaning dry, warm summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures average in the low 70’s while winter temperatures are between 40 and 50 degrees. The park enjoys more than 2000 hours of sunshine a year, although the fall season is the foggiest. Spring tends to be very windy.
As one of the most popular marine recreation areas in all of Canada, it is no surprise that Gulf Islands National Park Preserve has a lot of water activities to offer. Sailing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing are just some of the ways visitors enjoy the waters of the park. There are also a number of guided tours offered, including kayaking and whale watching tours. Hiking is the best way to explore the many islands located within the park. There are only a few developed trails in the park, and much of the terrain is hilly and rocky. Designated trails are clearly marked and are outlined at the information kiosk at the trailhead. If it is not a designated trail, it is not recommended that you use them because they have not been assessed for risks. Walking along shorelines and exploring tide pools is a popular activity and a great way to explore the mysteries of the ocean. This beautiful and diverse park is home to many marine and land animals. Seals, passing whales, sea birds, otters and sea lions reside within the water of the park while deer, bats, eagles, butterflies and reptiles call the land home. With so much to see and do, and with such rich opportunities for exploration, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve is an excellent British Columbia camping destination!
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