Canadian Ports: TEXADA ISLAND, BC
With the Strait of Georgia on one side and Malaspina Strait on the other, Texada sits between between Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. It is the largest of the Gulf Islands and enjoys a particularly interesting history.
In the late 1700s, it was discovered that the Island was mineral rich and the abundance of copper, iron, gold, lead and zinc led to the establishing of Van Anda, a boom town that at the end of the 19th century, boasted hotels, a hospital and the only Opera House north of San Francisco!
Now the island is known for its trails, sandy beaches (highly favored by rum runners during prohibition) and water related activities. Deer and raccoons are plentiful; and colonies of otters, seals, & octopus attract scuba divers from around the globe.
Connecting Texada to the mainland are daily ferry sailings to Powell River.