Need help with Gulf Islands asap!

May 7th, 2002, 06:58 PM
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Need help with Gulf Islands asap!

Planning a trip to some of the San Juans & Gulf Islands. Have been to Salt Spring & Mayne briefly before. We'll have 2-3 nights on Salt Spring & would like to add one more Gulf island.

Any one out there who can recommend Galiano vs. Pender vs. Saturna? All look enticing. We're just a couple - no kids, if that factors in at all. Going for our 9th Wedding Anniversary.

Any one stayed at any lodging on Galiano - Bellhouse Inn, Woodstone, Galiano Inn which I can't find in any books, but which is on the Net? It looks sort of new. Bellhouse seems nice, but is unfortunately booked on our likely dates.

Pender...has anyone stayed at a place they enjoyed there? Unfortunately, we can only select one island as we only have 1-2 nights left on our trip.

Please help asap, as our trip is less than 2 weeks away! If you can offer advice on kayaking, hiking, etc. on any of these isles that would be wonderful, too. Thanks so much.
May 9th, 2002, 12:21 PM
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Sorry, I can't help you on the lodging on islands other than SSI, but I can tell you to use sea otter kayaking
( on SSI. I've used them and a couple of others but they are the best!! I reccomend a sunset will be the best part of the trip - take a camera!
May 9th, 2002, 05:29 PM
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I can't help either except to say that I liked Galiano better than the Penders, but I can't say why. It was so long ago that I was on Galiano but I did enjoy my stay there, wherever it was. I don't think there's that much to do on either island. I've never been to Saturna.

On Salt Spring, be sure to go up Mt. Maxwell.
May 13th, 2002, 04:19 PM
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Thanks to both of you for your feedback!

Have decided to try Galiano. Can only get one night at the Bellhouse & can get one or two at the Galiano Inn, so may switch. But, for such a short stay, may just go w/the Galiano Inn.

Thanks for the idea about kayaking while visiting Salt Spring! We've only done it while staying on Orcas Island. Definitely would like to try from another location & was kind of wondering whether Salt Spring or Galiano would be best for that. (However, since our time is esp. limited on Galiano & we've never been there before, Salt Spring is the more logical place to try it.)

We'll definitely look into your recommended company then, & hopefully will have nice enough weather to do that this time. (Have heard it's been a very late Spring this year in the Islands.) In the past, we've been very lucky w/weather in the San Juans & Gulf Islands in May.

Thanks again!

May 13th, 2002, 07:48 PM
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Yeah, better bring a sweater or two.
May 13th, 2002, 10:00 PM
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Boy - this place looks good! - Anyone been there?

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