The Gulf Islands, an archipelago that stretches up the Vancouver Island coast, are prized by in-the-know Canadians for their rustic beauty, bountiful farms and friendliness to typically cash-poor artists and craftsmen. Below, the view from the top of Mount Maxwell on Salt Spring, the largest of the islands.
One of many self-service produce stands on Salt Spring Island.
A seaplane used to transport visitors to Salt Spring Island.
Retreat Cove at Galiano Island, perhaps the most rustic of the Gulf Islands.
The trail leading to Pebble Beach on Galiano Island.
Searching for crabs in Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park, which has 240 acres of wetlands, woods, beaches and campgrounds.
La Bérengerie is a restaurant and bed-and-breakfast run by Huguette Benger. She went to Galiano for vacation nearly 30 years ago, but ended up making it her home after falling in love with the trees and the sea.
Beaumont Marine Park, a gorgeous, secluded campground reachable only by boat or by a two-mile hike through forested hills, on Pender Island.
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