Tucked away at the southern end of the Gulf Island chain is Saturna Island; the least developed of all of the Gulf Islands. Saturna is a remote and sparsely populated rural hideaway, with bountiful wildlife and natural beauty. It's an opportunity to connect with Nature in a retreat like setting.
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Saturna Island offers a diverse wildlife population and is a world class site to see whales and other marine wildlife.
“Getting to see the wild goats at Mount Warbuton Pike was really cool.”
“We enjoyed the short hike to Fiddlers Cove and had the beach all to ourselves!”
“Seeing the Orca Pod at East Point was the highlight of our trip!.”
Saturna Island is the least developed of all of the Gulf Islands and almost half of the island is protected as part of the Gulf Islands National Park. It is important to remember as you explore Saturna that the island is unceded territory of the Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations and they have territorial rights to reserve lands in the East Point area, near Fiddlers Cove. The First Nation name for the island Tekteksen (long nose) because its eastern tip points into the Strait of Georgia.
Fiddler's Cove is an isolated beach accessible by a small trail leading from the clifftops to a sandy beach and cove. At low tide, you can walk to a small island offshore and explore the rich tide pools. This is a great place to view the diverse wildlife which includes river otters, orcas, and many bird species.
East Point, on Saturna Island, is one of the very best locations in the Southern Gulf Islands of Canada to see orcas from land. The Southern Resident Pods swim past East Point from May to November as they travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Fraser River Delta, which is one of their favorite feeding grounds. The orcas often swim very close to the sandstone cliffs, along the kelp beds on the south side of East Point and through Boiling Reef on the east side. Transient orca groups are seen throughout the year. *
WILD THYME COFFEE HOUSE
As you disembark from the ferry you will come across Wild Thyme Coffee House, a must for all visitors! Wild Thyme is situated inside a vintage Leyland double-decker bus. Hop aboard the bus and experience your own nostalgic adventure, with hands down the best coffee in the entire region, guaranteed!
Mount Warburton Pike is the highest peak on Saturna. An unpaved road leads to the look out point offering amazing views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and the mainland mountains. A unique trail runs along Brown Ridge for a few kilometres, keep a look out for the feral goats that inhabit the area. The views are breath taking!