Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)
Saturna Island is the most environmentally protected island in the region thanks to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Established by Canada's federal government in 2003, the park encompasses forests, shorelines, and intertidal zones on 15 islands dotted between the Strait of Georgia and the south end of Vancouver Island.
Nearly half of Saturna's land mass is safeguarded within this national park. In fact, the largest green spaces in the park system blanket Saturna's central heartland. There are also smaller pocket parks at Winter Cove, East Point, Lyall Creek (one of the last remaining viable salmon streams in the southern Gulf Islands), Taylor Point and Narvaez Bay.
The Parks Canada office is adjacent to the recreation centre on Harris Road not far from the general store. Talk to one of the duty wardens.