The Gulf Islands are a group of a dozen large islands and hundreds of smaller islets located around the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Spectacular scenery, low rainfall and the many protected waterways offer ideal paddling conditions. Protected from the pounding waves and extreme weather associated with the open coast, the waters in this area provide hours of paddling for the novice and experienced paddler alike. Hundreds of kilometres of shoreline offer countless hours of intertidal exploration. Quiet coves, pebble beaches and sandy shores allow for putting ashore, exploring inland, setting up camp or for simply gazing seaward.