Posted by: cherylyoung | February 4, 2012

SATURNA ISLAND IS THE LEAST SPOILED OF THE GULF ISLANDS. IT IS THE SECOND OF OUR 10 ISLANDS

 

 
Saturna Island
Tucked away at the southern end of the Gulf Island chain,  

and difficult to reach, Saturna Island is easily the least spoiled

of the Gulf Islands.

 

A remote and sparsely populated rural hideaway, with bountiful

 wildlife and tremendous natural beauty, Saturna Island features

 a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, kayaking,

 swimming and fishing.

 

 Home to First Nations peoples for thousands of years, Saturna was

 explored by Spanish sailors and named in 1791 after their naval schooner,

 the Santa Saturnina, one of the ships in the Spanish expedition that

 discovered the Strait of Georgia.

Tourism is important to the livelihood and economic well-being of most

 of the Gulf Islands.

 

 Visitors to Saturna should plan ahead, as there are no campsites

 on the island and accommodations are limited, so lodging reservations

 are recommended.

 

Much of the population of Saturna is centred around Lyall Harbour

 and Boot Cove, and a few homes are scattered throughout the island.

 

Nearly half of the newly created Gulf Islands National Park incorporates

 undeveloped wilderness land on Saturna Island.

This park will be one of only two national parks in the Vancouver Island

 and Gulf Islands region – the Pacific Rim National Park being the other.

 
Population: 350
 
Location: Saturna Island is located in the southern Gulf Islands of
 
British Columbia, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC.
 
 
Check the ferry schedules to Saturna Island, as the service is not as
 
frequent as it is to other islands.
 
 There are no direct ferry sailings from Victoria or Vancouver to
 
 Saturna (Lyall Harbour).
 
 To reach Saturna from Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver,
 
catch a Gulf Islands ferry to Village Bay on Mayne Island, and from
 
there connect to Lyall Harbour.

 

Access from Swartz Bay north of Victoria on Vancouver Island is also

 by way of Village Bay on Mayne Island.

 

The ferry service varies with the season and the day of the week.

Saturna’s big social occasion, and the Gulf Islands’ most celebrated

event, is the annual Lamb Barbeque, held annually on Canada Day

 (July 1) at the ball field in Winter Cove Marine Park.

 

The feasting and festive tradition began in 1949, and includes all-day

events, carnival games and a beer garden with draft beer, cider

and wine.

 Booths offer local crafts, a dart booth, a coconut shy for kids, and a

 bingo table that runs for most of the day.

 

Visit the Saturna Island Vineyards, situated on a bench of land nestled

 between the waters of the Pacific and a magnificent soaring sandstone

 and granite cliff face on the south side of the island.

 

The vineyards are bounded by picturesque Campbell farm and the

 newly designated parkland to the east, and Thomson Park and

 Saturna Beach to the west.

 

There are sixty acres of vines under cultivation, which makes

 Saturna Island Vineyards one of the largest estate vineyard and

winery operations in the province.

 

The vineyard opened in 1999, and is easily accessed by road or by

 boat at Saturna Beach.

 

Saturna features scenic walks, awe-inspiring views, and easy access

to beaches.

 Highlights include East Point Park and the sandy beach at Thomson Park.

 

The 497-metre (1,630 foot) summit of Mount Warburton Pike offers a

panoramic view of the surrounding Gulf and San Juan Islands, to be

shared  with wild goats  soaring eagles, falcons and vultures.

 

 This is the trailhead of the Brown Ridge Trail to Taylor Point.

Boat Launches are located at Lyall Harbour and Winter Cove.

 

 The best swimming spots are located at Veruna Bay, Russell Reef,

 Thomson Park, East Point Regional Park, Lyall Harbour Beach

 and Narvaez Bay.  

 

The government wharf next to BC Ferries’ terminal at Lyall Harbour

is an ideal launching point for kayakers and canoeists who want to

 explore the bays and channels between Boot and Winter Cove.

 

 Explore tiny islets and magnificent  sculptured sandstone cliffs –

watch  for seals, sea lions, and pods of killer whales.

 

Fishing: East Point Park is a good place to spin-cast for salmon

 that feed in  back eddies created by the swirling currents.

Russell Reef offers rock shelves that can be explored at low tide,

a pebble beach  for swimming, and wildlife that includes seals,

 sea lions, sea otters and tidal marine life.

 

Significant portions of Saturna Island have been designated as

 protected areas by the Pacific Marine Heritage Legacy to protect &

 preserve the unique environment of Saturna, including magnificent

 Narvaez Bay, with trails to Narvaez Bay, Echo Bay and Monarch Head,

 and Taylor Point Park, the historic site of a sandstone quarry and

remnants of a heritage stone house.

 

Winter Cove Marine Park is located on the northwest end of

 Saturna Island, only about a mile from the Lyall Harbour ferry dock.

A nature-lover’s paradise, the 91-hectare park is situated in the most

 beautiful part of Saturna Island. Picnic tables are placed about an open,

 grassy field beside the cove, a sunny location in which to enjoy yourself.

Winter Cove is a popular recreational area with swimming, fishing and

 kayaking being favourite pastimes.

 

There are no camping facilities, and camping is prohibited in the park.

A circular trail meanders through a coastal Douglas-fir forest

 carpeted with wildflowers in spring.

 

 Continue past a marsh, on to a rocky outcrop and out along the

 shoreline.

 

 Paddle to it from the federal dock, about 30 minutes one way,or follow

East Cove and Winter Point Roads to reach it.

 

East Point Regional Park is one of two public spaces on the island.

 Islanders lobbied hard in the past for the creation of this serene

 day park beside the East Point lighthouse.

 

 Depending on the height of the tides, you’ll find more or less of the

 shoreline revealed during your visit, just as, depending on the clouds,

 you’ll see more or less of Mount Baker’s magnificent snow cone rising

 above the eastern horizon.

 The lower the ocean, the more there is to explore here.

 

 Walk the weathered snout of East Point and discover the many colours

 revealed by erosion in the smooth-shaped limestone.

 

 Offshore, the curious eyes of harbour seals will follow you around.

 If you’ve brought a hand-carried boat, you can launch from the beach

 to explore the shoreline, but beware the tidal currents that churn

 through Tumbo Channel.

 

To find the park, head south from the ferry dock at Saturna Point

along East Point Road and follow it to its end.

To the west of Saturna are the Pender Islands, the second most 

populous of the  southern Gulf Islands.

 

 While most people simply refer to Pender Island in the singular, there

 are in fact two islands, separated by a narrow canal and united by

 a bridge.

 

 Much of the land is green and rural, with a balmy sub-Mediterranean

 climate,  seven parks, and over 20 clearly-marked public

 beach accesses.

North and west of Saturna is Mayne Island. Rolling orchards and war

 rock-strewn beaches abound on Mayne Island, a rustic 21-square-

kilometre island offering picturesque seascapes, pastoral farmlands,

 and rich  west coast forest. .

 
The Management and staff at Saturna Island Family Estate Winery   

are pleased  to announce thatthe following Gold and Silver medals 

 

awarded  at the 2008 All Canadian Wine Championships:Gold Medal –

2006 Estate Pinot NoirSilver Medal – 2006 Vintner’s Select Chardonnay

Saturna Island Family Estate Winery is the premier winery in

 British Columbia’s Gulf Islands.

 

 We are centered in a unique marine ecosystem which attracts

 Whale watching kayaking, and diving enthusiasts

  Our micro climate is unique to the region, and is described as similar

 to the  northern Mediterranean.

 

 We are committed to producing wines of superior style and quality:

 wines  that exemplify our unique terroir and climate.

 

 There are four vineyards that comprise the 60 acre site

 These are Rebecca, Robyn, Longfield, and Falconridge.

 

 Each one was established in different years, beginning in 1995 with

 the entire property completed in spring, 2000.

 

Tours of the vineyards and winery are conducted by our friendly and

 knowledgeable staff on a regular basis, and by special arrangement

for large groups.

Visitors are welcome at the wine shop at any

 Following the tours, complimentary wine tastings are held in our

 wine shop.

 Visitors may purchase wine directly from the wine shop together

 with an  array of unique merchandise

 Our bistro is open for lunch from May to October, and provides a

 wonderful atmosphere to soak in the charm of Saturna Island Family

There is camping on Saturna Island – there is a new campground

(opened at least a year ago) at Narvaez Bay in the

 national park.

Beautiful sites, and a short walk (1km) from the parking lot.

CHERYL YOUNG REALTOR VICTORIA BC

    SAANINCH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca

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