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Ful­ford Har­bour – Named after Cap­tain John Ful­ford, com­man­der of the HMS Ganges. Pub­lic wharf on the north side of the ferry ter­mi­nal. The pri­mary ref­er­ence sta­tion for tide ta­bles of the south­ern Gulf Is­lands. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a store, post of­fice and cof­fee shop. Do not re­move sea­weed from Ful­ford Creek Es­tu­ary. Drum­mond Park (on the west side) of­fers a pic­nic area, a play­ground and a pet­ro­glyph carved on a large rock near the park en­trance. Rus­sell Is­land – Set­tled by Hawai­ians as early as 1886, this small is­land at the mouth of Salt Spring’s Ful­ford Har­bour is blessed with many of the nat­u­ral features typ­i­cal of the south­ern Gulf Is­lands. Dou­glas fir, ar­bu­tus and Gary Oak dom­i­nate the for­est cover. Stands of shore pine rim the is­land’s outer edges. Open mead­ows of First Na­tions grasses host yearly bursts of ca­mas lilies and a va­ri­ety of other wild­flow­ers. The orig­i­nal house dates back over a cen­tury. The is­land has a small salt marsh. Marine ac­cess only new dinghy dock avail­able. Pit toi­lets and loop trail– no drink­ing wa­ter. The his­toric Kanaka house can be found via a side trail that leaves the north­east por­tion of the loop and vis­i­tors can ac­cess the his­toric house in the sum­mer sea­son and speak with Hawai­ian de­scen­dants who pro­vide an in­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vice at that lo­ca­tion.

Be care­ful by Eleanor Point (east) as it has a rock that dries. Part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR).

Ruckle Pro­vin­cial Park – Seven kms of shore­line, eight coves, six her­itage build­ings, camp­ing and pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties. The Ruckle fam­ily gen­er­ously do­nated 485 ha (1,200 ac) for the park in 1974. The Ruckle house, built in the 1930’s, is open to the pub­lic. The park’s tidal pools are coloured by crab, mus­sels, sculpins, lum­pets and pur­ple starfish. Sea lions, seals, killer whales, mink and river ot­ter are of­ten seen from shore; a good place for ad­vanced scuba divers. Beaver Point was named after the Hud­son Bay Com­pany’s steamer, the “Beaver.” Nice coves, south and north of the light, which of­fer some pro­tec­tion from ferry wash, north and south winds.

Chan­nel Is­lands – The Chan­nel Is­lands in Cap­tain Pas­sage are im­por­tant as seal and sealion haulouts and are also used for nesting by var­i­ous bird species. The Chan­nel Is­lands were used by First Na­tions as land­marks when nav­i­gat­ing be­tween is­lands, and for har­vest­ing of marine mam­mals, shell­fish, bar­na­cles, chi­tons and sea urchins. The Red Islets, Bright Islet and Hawkins Islet lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Prevost Is­land fea­ture rel­a­tively undis­turbed coastal bluff and Garry oak/ar­bu­tus wood­land. The sen­si­tive ecosys­tems on these is­lands and islets are be­ing af­forded the high­est level of pro­tec­tion within the na­tional park: ac­cess is not per­mit­ted. Part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR).

Ganges Har­bour – Lots of an­chor­age, two pub­lic docks, a Coast Guard sta­tion, float plane docks, two mari­nas, fuel dock and ev­ery­thing else a boater will ever need. Cen­ten­nial Park at the north­west end of the bay was built on land re­claimed from the sea in 1966. On Satur­days in the sum­mer, the park turns into a mar­velous mar­ket where ar­ti­sans, bak­ers and farm­ers sell their wares.

Ganges – Named after the 84-gun HMS Ganges which pa­trolled the waters from 18571860. Ro­tary Marine Park of­fers a nice walk along the shore. Shop­pers can en­joy restau­rants, a liquor store, bank ma­chine and stores in the largest com­mu­nity on the Gulf Is­lands.

Chain Is­lands – Pri­vate. A good spot for bot­tom fish­ing. Some­times cut-throat trout are taken near the head of the bay. Dead­man Is­land was used as a First Na­tions burial ground in the 1800’s.

Three Sis­ter Is­lands – Guards the en­trance to Ganges Har­bour. Sec­ond Sis­ter Is­land has a red light on it. Third Sis­ter Is­land is north and First Sis­ter Is­land is north­west.

Scott Point – At the west en­trance to Long Har­bour you can watch bald ea­gles. West is Wel­bury Bay with some an­chor­age; ex­po­sure to the south­east.

Long Har­bour – Houses the ferry ter­mi­nal, a beach near the head of the har­bour, Royal Van­cou­ver Yacht Club out­sta­tion; there is good an­chor­age and is pro­tected from most winds. The in­let is about 3.2 km (2 mi) long. Nose Point, at the en­trance, is marked with a light. A rock 800 m (.5 mi) in is also marked. Clamshell Is­land, in the mid­dle and op­po­site the ferry ter­mi­nal, is full of prickly pear cac­tus.

Salt Spring Is­land – Called Chuan Is­land, was re­named in 1859. About 10,000 peo­ple live on Salt Spring, the largest of the Gulf Is­lands. Most ser­vices are avail­able. Around 1859, non­first Na­tions set­tlers first came here. An­nual rain­fall is about 86 cm (34 in), while an­nual sun­shine is up to just over 2,000 hours.

Ben Mohr Rock – Marked with a light. It was dis­cov­ered by the Bri­tish steamer Ben Mohr when it grazed the bot­tom as it pro­ceeded to sea from Lady­smith in 1900.

En­ter­prise Reef – Marked by a light. Named after the HBC steamer “En­ter­prise,” which was lost when it col­lided with the R.P. Ri­thet in 1885.

Hawkins Is­land – There is an aquatic li­cense south­west of the is­land. Watch for Charles Rocks to the west. Part of GINPR and has been af­forded the high­est level of pro­tec­tion by Parks Canada there­fore it is au­tho­rized ac­cess only.

Port­lock Point- Named after Cap­tain Nathaniel Port­lock, a mas­ter’s mate on the HMS Dis­cov­ery in 1776. It is marked by a light and fog sig­nal that blasts ev­ery 20 sec­onds. There is a small bay south­west of the point. Port­lock Point/ Richard­son Bay sur­rounds the 1895 Port­lock Point light­house on three sides, pro­tect­ing the most vis­i­ble part of Prevost Is­land seen by ferry pas­sen­gers as they exit Ac­tive Pass on the way to Vic­to­ria. The shore­line of Richard­son Bay on Prevost Is­land pro­vides a good al­ter­na­tive to the nearby islets for a break for kayak­ers on longer pad­dling routes. NO SER­VICES. Part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR).

16. Diver Bay – Ex­posed to south and east winds. Bright Islets and Red Islets mark the en­trance.

17. Point Lid­dell – Has a marker. Ellen Bay (north­west) pro­vides shel­ter from north and west winds.

Ack­land Is­lands – Heav­ily treed. There is a red marker south­west of the is­land that in­di­cates “rock.” Glen­thorne Pas­sage – Beau­ti­ful, shel­tered an­chor­age be­hind Se­cret Is­land. En­ter at the north end.

An­nette In­let – Nice but shal­low an­chor­age. A red marker on the south­ern side of the en­trance.

Horda Shoals – Founded by the cap­tain and crew of the Nor­we­gian steamer Horda on May 15, 1901, on their way from Lady­smith, with a load of coal.

James Bay – Nice bay for an­chor­ing, but ex­posed to north­west winds. South is Selby Cove with tem­po­rary an­chor­age. North is Pelle Point which is marked by a light on a white tower. Camp­ing is avail­able by GINPR.

Prevost Is­land – Na­tional park re­serve lands are lo­cated on both the north and south shores of Prevost Is­land. The ma­jor­ity of the is­land, how­ever, re­mains in the hands of the de­scen­dants of Digby de Burgh—the man who bought the is­land in the 1920s. They con­tinue to farm and raise sheep on the is­land. The is­land is largely un­changed from what would have ex­isted a cen­tury ago, and con­tains large cedar and ar­bu­tus groves.

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