The extensive Gulf Islands group lies off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Several times more extensive than the San Juan’s in Washington State, the Gulf Islands offer numerous marine parks, anchorages, marinas, and attractive villages with good restaurants, markets, and island activities. The cities of Victoria, Sidney, Ganges, Chemainus, and Nanaimo are included in this section. The Gulf Islands offer everything from remote beaches, farms, and villages to city attractions and tourist destinations like Butchart Gardens. When planning your trip, be sure to check the updates for this region shown on the table below.