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  • 1. French Beach Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This provincial park, on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca 21 km (13 miles) west of Sooke, comprises a sand-and-pebble beach, a campground,...Read More

  • 2. Garry Oaks Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small winery, home to valley-view vineyards and a meditative labyrinth, produces estate-grown Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay...Read More

  • 3. Gowlland Point Park

    Beach–Sight

    The small pebble beach at Gowlland Point Park, at the end of Gowlland Point Road on South Pender, is one of the prettiest on the islands, with...Read More

  • 4. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Museum/Gallery

    Both North Pender and South Pender host sections of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. On South Pender a steep trail leads to the 800-foot...Read More

  • 5. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Extending from Jordan River to near Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park takes in several beaches, including China Beach, with soft, sandy...Read More

  • 6. Long Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The most accessible—and visited—section of the park is the Long Beach Unit, the highlight of which is a 15-km (9-mile) stretch of pristine forest...Read More

  • 7. Montague Harbour Marina

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    You can rent a kayak, boat, or moped at Montague Harbour Marina, or grab a snack at the café on-site. ...Read More

  • 8. Mortimer Spit

    South Pender Island | Beach–Sight

    The sandy beach at Mortimer Spit is a sheltered spot for swimming and kayaking; it's near the bridge linking the two islands. ...Read More

  • 9. Mt. Parke

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A 45-minute hike up this 263-meter (863-foot) peak leads to the island's highest point and a stunning view of the mainland and other Gulf Islands. ...Read More

  • 10. Salt Spring Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Salt Spring Vineyards produces a dozen wines, including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and blackberry port, almost entirely from island-grown fruit...Read More

  • 11. Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

    North Pender Island | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    There are actually two vineyards on this lovely 26-acre property—the upper vineyard clings to Mount Menzies while the lower trails down to the...Read More

  • 12. Springwater Lodge

    Miners Bay | Hotel–Sight

    You can stop for a meal or a drink on the deck at this lodge, one of the province's oldest continuously operating hotels. It's been around since...Read More

  • 13. Vigneti Zanatta Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A local favorite is Vigneti Zanatta Winery, which produces lovely Ortega, Pinot Grigio, and Damasco entirely from grapes grown on its own 25...Read More

  • 14. West Coast Trail

    Trail/Path

    Running along the coast from Bamfield to Port Renfrew, this is an extremely rugged 75-km (47-mile) trail for experienced hikers only. It takes...Read More

  • 15. Whiffen Spit

    Beach–Sight

    West of Sooke, you'll reach this mile-long natural breakwater that is great for bird-watching and makes for a leisurely scenic walk past sea...Read More

  • 16. Wild Pacific Trail

    Trail/Path

    Ucluelet is the starting point for the Wild Pacific Trail, a hiking path that winds along the coast and through the rain forest in two sections...Read More

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