Savary Island

Savary Island boasts the finest beaches in the Gulf Islands chain, which is part of the reason why it is a very desirable British Columbia destination. Found in the northern portion of the Strait of Georgia off the coast of Lund, this Sunshine Coast-area island runs east to west in a crescent shape and is about five miles long. Its average width is about a half mile. Clay ridges and sandy beaches characterize much of the island's coastline, and the interior is largely covered by trees. These trees include western red cedars, western hemlocks, and Douglas firs. In addition to approximately 100 people, Savary Island is home to a diverse animal population. Bald eagles are among the birds that can be spotted, while the mammals include black-tailed deer and otters.

The beaches at Savary Island are among the best beaches in all of British Columbia. Their soft, white sands meet beautiful blue waters, giving the island an almost tropical appeal. The best beaches for swimming are found on the north shore, as these beaches offer relatively warm and clear waters that are also usually calm. The south shore beaches at Savary Island often get big waves, so they are better suited for surfing. South Beach is the beach of choice if you are interested in a clothing optional experience. Due to the Georgia Strait tides that meet just north of Savary Island, the beaches in general offer warmer water that most in the Northwest, and this is enough to attract healthy numbers of boating day trippers during the peak summer season.

Savary Island lodging is available for those who are planning on enjoying more than a day trip. Cottages and beach houses are available for rent, especially during the summer season, and there are at least two small bed and breakfasts to choose from. If you can't find something on the island to suit your tastes, there are more lodging options along the nearby Sunshine Coast. Lund, for example, offers a variety of accommodations.

When planning a trip to Savary Island, figuring out how to get their will be among the main concerns. Public ferries don't make visits, so you will have to take a water taxi from Lund, arrive in a private boat, or venture out from Lund in a kayak or canoe. Chartering a sea plane to take you in is also an option.

Image: Marcin Chady (flickr)

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