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Texada Island

The largest of the Northern Gulf Islands, Texada Island is a favourite retreat for those looking to enjoy the outdoors and relax amid stunning vistas and the quieter life that island living provides. Situated in Georgia Strait between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island and close to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region, this 50 km (31 mi) long, 10 km (6 mi) wide island provides opportunities for walking and hiking to the top of Mount Pocahontas, scuba diving in Anderson Bay and skim-boarding at Gillies Bay Beach. Biking, rock-hounding, golfing or just exploring some of nature’s paradise is all here for you to enjoy.

The crystal clear waters and sheltered bays around the coastline provide wonderful opportunities for scuba diving, kayaking and swimming. One popular location for diving is Anderson Bay where you can see an amazing array of sealife including sponges, giant octopus and corals. Other nearby diving locations are also popular with several having been recommended in scuba diving magazines. Boaters can launch their boats in either Shelter Point Park or Sturt Bay. There is limited moorage in Van Anda and unprotected moorage in many of the small bays around Texada Island.

Many artists reside on Texada Island and visitors will enjoy the unique items on display and for sale. Annually in August, an Artists’ Studio Tour is available where visitors can view and purchase items including those made of glass, wood, textiles, paintings, jewelry, and more. Every Sunday in the summer a Farmer’s Market is held at Gillies Bay and offers local fresh produce, baked goods and arts and crafts made by the locals.

Location

BC Ferries provides several sailings a day on this short 35-minute service between Powell River and Blubber Bay on Texada Island. Visitors can also fly to Gillies Bay Airport from Vancouver’s South Terminal or from Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

The First Nations inhabited Texada Island for hundreds of years before the Spanish discovered the island in 1791. This is evidenced by middens and fish weirs found on the west coast as well as arrowheads and shards of tools. In the late 1800s homesteaders ventured to Texada and started mining for copper, iron and gold. Rock-hounds can sometimes find a small treasure to take home. Today, mining is focused on limestone. The Texada Island Museum located in Van Anda depicts early life on Texada Island.

Contact Information

Texada Arts, Culture, and Tourism Society
Tourism Powell River

Texada Island & Nearby Accommodations

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Seabreeze Resort

Seabreeze Resort

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Escape the stress of everyday life to a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere at Seabreeze Resort. Situated on the shore of Lang Bay’s sandy beach, our guests spend their days swimming and beach combing. We are surrounded by many lakes with several scenic trails for hiking enthusiasts to explore. We of ... More Details
The Red Clay Oven RV Park

The Red Clay Oven RV Park

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Brand new park with fully serviced sites, 50 amp water and sewer. Unserviced storage sites available. Phase II - Opens in 2021 - will include laundry, showers, store, 3600 sq. ft. event centre, earth oven, kitchenette and sport centre. Tenting and other camping available. Park is located in the c ... More Details
Kent's Beach Resort

Kent's Beach Resort

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Enjoy year round waterfront cabins and camping at Kent’s Beach Resort. Situated on the beautiful west coast of BC, guests are spoiled to breathtaking oceanside views. Our self-contained cabins are furnished and feature fully equipped kitchens, perfect to fix meals. Our campground is nestled on the ... More Details
Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Garden Bay

Welcome to Pender Harbour Resort, where we offer a wide range of accommodation choices with 600’ of oceanfront. Vacationing with a large group? Our chalet is perfect to accommodate up to 8 guests with a full kitchen and four bedrooms. We have waterfront cottages overlooking scenic Pender Harbour, ... More Details
Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

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Each Villa at Painted Boat Resort offers upscale, Canadian-designed and made furnishings and a large patio or balcony with a water view, as well as a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two bathrooms. ... More Details
Garden Bay Resort & Campground

Garden Bay Resort & Campground

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Yes, there’s magic at Garden Bay, and we invite you come and see for yourself why this part of BC has a special vibe that can’t be beat. Come for the ocean, the lakes, the wildlife, the recreation. Come for the warm hospitality. But most of all, come for the joy of living life at a slower pace t ... More Details
Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

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Seeking an intimate resort with gorgeous water views? Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina is the ideal destination for hosting family gatherings, small weddings or romantic getaways to the Coast. We have less than 20 accommodations, which allows for exceptional service and luxurious amenities. Our ... More Details
Ruby Lake Resort

Ruby Lake Resort

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Surrounded by the Caren Range Mountains and beautiful Ruby Lake, Ruby Lake Resort is a true piece of paradise to escape urban life. Our resort is ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations, so stay in our Safari Tent or well-appointed cottage suites to enjoy a relaxing retreat. The Safari Tents ... More Details
SunLund By-The-Sea RV Park & Cabins

SunLund By-The-Sea RV Park & Cabins

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Surrounded by alder, cedar, maple, and cherry trees in a beautiful park-like setting, SunLund By-The-Sea RV Park & Cabins is a fantastic place to unwind and explore the great outdoors. Located in downtown Lund, there is short footpath access to restaurants, marina, grocery stores, beach and other at ... More Details
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