Paper lanterns at the annual North Pender Island Magic Lake Lantern Festival. Celebrate the New Year, presented by Three on the Tree Productions, Pender Island, BC, Canada

Gulf Islands Guide Photo of the Day

Paper lanterns at the annual North Pender Island Magic Lake Lantern Festival. Celebrate the New Year, presented by Three on the Tree Productions, Pender Island, BC, CanadaNorth Pender Island Magic Lake Lantern Festival, Pender Island

Made-up of more than a dozen large islands, the Gulf Islands are interwoven with a multitude of islets too numerous to count. This wonderful west coast heaven of Canada is a small flavour of the Mediterranean, blended with an exceptional Canadian quality. The Southern Gulf Islands enjoy under 30 inches of rain annually. Lying south west of the Strait of Georgia, along the coast of Vancouver Island between Nanaimo to the north and Victoria to the south, this necklace of stunning islands is surrounded by protected waters, powerful tides, and sensational coastlines.

Mayne Island and also the other Gulf Islands are an excellent travel and leisure destination for the whole family.