The Strait of Georgia Islands, almost 200 islands of various shapes and sizes, make up this region nestled against the east coast of Vancouver Island. Salt Spring, the largest and most accessible island enjoys a unique microclimate. Fondly called the "Banana Belt" it is known as the "Organic Gardening Capital of Canada." Visitors are treated to local food, music and crafts, stemming from their unique brand of "island ingenuity". Local artists, farmers, and food vendors who have "made it, baked it, or grown it" themselves host the Saturday Market. This simple policy requirement is the essence of the market.
Quadra Island is the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands. The mild temperate climate, rural lifestyle, pristine environment and the friendly people of Quadra all add to the charm of this vacation destination. Its sheltered coves and inland lakes are home to an incredible variety of wildlife including black- tailed deer, river otters, harbour seals, sea-lions, cormorants, snowy owls, the great blue heron and the elusive peregrine falcon.
Gabriola Island "The Isle of the Arts" is known for its many artisans and a thriving cottage industry in pottery. Watch for signs around the island and at local craft shops. The kidney-shaped island is blessed with many beaches and 3 provincial waterfront parks. You can still pick and eat fresh oysters, mussels and clams here.
Galiano Island named after Spanish explorer Dionsio Alcala Galiano, is a bird watcher and naturalists paradise, boasting more than 130 species of bird. Of all the southern islands, the rugged and spiny Galiano has the most well- organized mountain biking trail system. Bluffs Park is the site of some spectacular views and the beginning of a network of trails and roads around Mount Galiano.
The Pender Islands consist of North and South Pender Islands connected by a one-lane wooden bridge that spans the canal linking Bedwell and Browning Harbours. You'll enjoy the laid-back pace of the Penders as you explore hidden bays and coves along the beautiful coastline. This was once the haunts of smugglers who ran rum between here and the nearby American San Juan Islands during Prohibition.