BC Ferries, Southern Gulf Islands

BC Ferries, Southern Gulf Islands

by | Jun 30, 2019

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., known locally as BC Ferries, is an independently managed and publicly owned company. BC Ferries is the largest passenger ferry line in North America and the second-largest in the world. The ferries provide passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in British Columbia, including the Southern Gulf Islands.

The Gulf Islands are in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. The name was originally intended for the island archipelago at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia from Gabriola Island in the north to Saturna Island in the southeast and D’Arcy Island in the southwest. However, during the 1990s the name was applied locally to all the islands in the Strait of Georgia. The division of the Gulf Islands into two groups, the Southern and Northern Gulf Islands, is used by BC Ferries.

The Southern Gulf Islands are hundreds of islands and islets that form part of a larger archipelago with the nearby San Juan Islands of the State of Washington The Southern Gulf Islands are perhaps best known for resident artists, wineries, fromageries, and farms, as well as for their natural beauty. Boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing are all popular activities in the Southern Gulf Islands. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Southern Gulf Islands here:

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