Where is Saturna?
With a mere 350 permanent residents, Saturna Island is the least populated of the Gulf Islands. It is situated right in the middle of Vancouver Island and the mainland. The San Juan Islands are visible to the East and South, and Pender and Mayne Islands are visible to the North and West. Direct and indirect ferries travel daily from both Vancouver Island, Tsawwassen and the other Gulf Islands.
Roughly 50% of Saturna Island is designated park reserve, which makes Saturna and ideal place to explore the outdoors. It is easy to find a place to yourself. The quiet Island is a favourite among kayakers, bicyclists, or anyone looking for a bit of peaceful solitude. There are no traffic lights, roads are lightly traveled, and everyone waves at each other. So wave back!
Ways to explore
Saturna Cycle – A bicycle rental and repair shop conveniently located at the ferry terminal. Guest of Breezy Bay B&B and Cliff Top Camping receive $5.00 off daily rental rates. Call Alex to reserve a bike on your visit call (250) 857-4102 or visit Saturna Cycle
Ocean River Adventures- Offers kayak and stand up paddling boards for rent as well as guided kayaking and hiking tours around Saturna visit http://www.saturnaseakayaking.com/ and Call Bob Bruce @ 1-250-539-5553 to book your tour.
Where to go?
Breezy Bay has a private beach for B&B guests and campers to enjoy. We are lucky to get the afternoon sun, so the beach is a great place to sunbathe and enjoy a cold drink at the end of the day. There are cliffside hiking trails to the top of the farm property which offer superb views, and if you’re lucky, some great wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether you are on foot, bicycle, or come with a vehicle, there are lots of options for exploring some of the Island:
Narvaez Bay – Stunning clifftop views and aquamarine water, eagle and falcon viewing, lots of hiking trails through old-growth Cedar forest, swimming beaches and numerous perfect picnic spots.
East Point – Historic Fog Alarm Building and Heritage Centre, with large grassy area and a pebble beach which is great for swimming. A good spot to see sea lions, harbour seals, porpoises, orcas and awesome eroded sandstone rock formations. The road to East Point is a beautiful scenic drive, popular with cyclists.
Mount Warburton Pike – One of the Gulf Island’s highest summits, has a gravel road to the top and parking area. Feral goats, eagles. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island.
Winter Cove – Easy hiking trails, picnic tables, outhouses, good for beach exploring and picnics.
Thompson Park – Grassy lawn, outhouses, picnic pavilion, good swimming and sunbathing spot on a sandy beach. Short walk to Saturna Winery.
Where to eat?
Wild Thyme Coffee House (aka “The Bus”) – A ten-minute bicycle ride from Breezy Bay, this funky converted double-decker bus is a great spot to grab a healthy homemade lunch or an afternoon coffee (organic, fair-trade).
Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant – Located at the ferry dock, the pub has unbeatable sunset views, minors allowed until 8pm, and a great lunch and dinner menu. Often features live entertainment on weekends.
Saturna Cafe – Located at the General Store, the cafe serves up gourmet breakfast lunches and dinners with local products. Take-out available. Friday night is pizza night and Saturday night is a white table cloth Red seal chef prepared west coast fusion menu. If staying with us on Friday or Saturday please request us to make a reservation at Saturna Cafe for you. The 3 course dinner on Saturday night is not to miss.
The General Store Also stocks fresh, often local, produce, baked goods, grocery and household items. Fresh deli and picnic item made by Saturna Cafe sold.
For more information on Saturna and its services, visit: www.saturnatourism.com