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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Texada Island

Texada Island
Texada Island is located across Malaspina Strait west of Powell River, Nelson Island and the Sechelt Peninsula.

BC Ferries
To get there by car you have to use BC Ferries from the terminal at Westview in Powell River. The ferry takes around 35 minutes to Blubber Bay which is situated at the northern tip of the island directly west of Powell River by 5 km (3 miles).

Largest Gulf Island
Texada Island is the largest of British Columbia's Gulf Islands at around 50 km (30 miles) long and 10 km (6 miles) wide with a population of approximately 1,300 inhabitants.

Van Anda and Gillies Bay
Besides the ferry terminal at Blubber Bay there are two other small settlements on Texada Island. Van Anda is situated on the east side of the island and Gillies Bay on the west side.

Limestone Quarries
Texada is a very old settlement along British Columbia's coast discovered by Spanish explorers in 1791. Later in the 1800s iron, gold and copper mines flourished at Marble Bay. Today Texada also has large limestone quarries for use in cement, chemical industries and the production of pulp.

There are lots of evidence of this found in the landscape with small deactivated mines and relic equipment still found in the bush. If you're a rockhound, you'll love the possibility of finding a gem located in some of the old debris. If you get a chance visit the Texada Island Inn and look at the display that local prospector, Ed Johanson, has assembled.

Visiting Texada
When you're visiting Texada, there are a variety of things to do. Fishing is great, hiking up to the top of 532 metres (1,745 feet) Mount Pocahontas, kayaking, scuba diving, cycling, exploring along the old mine trails, wildlife viewing or golfing at the 9-hole Deer Leap Golf Course. Besides the great recreation, the residents are very friendly and proud of their lifestyle pointing out areas for you to visit.

Texada Island Heritage Society
Texada Island Heritage Society now hosts two museums and archives where they store, preserve and display the historic artifacts that illustrate and document the exciting past of Texada Island. There is the mining museum in Blubber Bay located on the original sponsor, Ash Grove Cement Company property, and the second one is situated in the former Van Anda Elementary School.

Logging and Mining Roads
If you want to travel to the south of the island, the pavement turns to gravel on logging and mining roads. One road turns south at Van Anda and goes south right through the middle of the island. The other route will take you along the west coastline from Gillies Bay and Mouat Bay.

Excellent Camping
Located on the southern half of the island are some excellent camping areas. One favourite is a forestry recreation site that is directly across from the northern tip of Lasqueti Island at Shingle Beach offering great sunsets and boating. Then, located at the very southern tip, is Anderson Bay and South Texada Provincial Park. Other areas include Bob’s Lake Forestry Campground.

Shelter Point Regional Park
Texada Island also has a campground at Shelter Point Regional Park just south of Gillies Bay supplying hot showers, spectacular beach and wonderful views. Besides the campground there is also the Retreat Motel Resort. This resort is located next to Shelter Point Regional Park and makes available cabin rentals along the waterfront and a very relaxing atmosphere in the bay.

Sandcastle Weekend
Another festival that will keep you entertained all weekend is the annual Sandcastle Weekend. Happening at the end of July this event has entertainment for the whole family with a sandcastle contest, parade, art and craft vendors, live music, pancake breakfast and a mountain bike race.

AeroSpace Camp
If you have a child that is between 10 to 18 years old and is interested in the aviation and aerospace industry enroll them in the annual AeroSpace Camp that happens in early July at the Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Centre in Van Anda.

Events on Texada Island
Other events on Texada Island include the annual Fly-In occurring in mid July at the Texada Airport in Gillies Bay which includes the dance at the Royal Canadian Legion the night before, in mid August the Artist's Studio Tour which is sponsored by the Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Society and at the end of August the 'Run the Rocks' half marathon and full marathon.

BC Transit
If you want to just come over for the day and not worry about parking a car you can bike on the ferry or take bus service from BC Transit right from Powell River.

Other Travel
If you are boating along BC's coastline there is a nice sheltered area with limited moorage available at the Texada Boat Club in Sturt (Marble) Bay. There is also an airport located on the island at Gillies Bay with daily flights from Vancouver and Qualicum Beach from KD Air.

Information on Texada Island




Map of Texada Island
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