Saturna Island is a short floatplane haul from Vancouver and Victoria – the two most urban, densely populated cities in BC.
Yet this is by far the most remote, crowd-free refuge in the southern Gulf Islands. A tiny population of just 350 full-time residents combined with cozy accommodations, the bare minimum of retail activity and the island's well-protected natural beauty make Saturna a prime R&R locale.
Saturna draws visitors who appreciate peace, pleasant outdoor activities, and abundant quality time with books, binoculars, journals, art supplies and creative imaginations. Hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, home-studio artist tours, lazy afternoons in parks and miscellaneous water activities (swimming, boating, beachcombing) are favourite pursuits here.
Become a Local
Get up to speed on island life by reading the Saturna Scribbler monthly newsletter. Or strike up a conversation with locals by asking about the legend of “Moby Doll” (involving an ill-fated Orca at East Point) and the no-door outhouse with see-forever views of the Gulf Islands (hint: it's on the Campbell family's Brown Ridge property).