At over 300 square kilometres, Texada Island, on the Sunshine Coast of BC, is the largest of the Gulf Islands. The island, affectionately known as “The Rock,” has a wonderful, colourful history that includes stories of Wild West gold fever days along with natural outdoor attractions not found anywhere else.
Friendly residents, warm Sunshine Coast climate and an amazing natural beauty all add to the variety of adventures and explorations visitors can enjoy here.
Welcome to Sah yeh yeen (Texada Island)
The Tla’amin people have used and occupied these lands since time immemorial with settlements throughout the Island. The Tla’amin Nation will own lands at Pocahontas and Raven Bay. All around the island are significant archeological sites, which are protected by the Heritage Conservation Act and subject to fines if disturbed or destroyed. The Tla’amin people welcome you to these lands to use and enjoy and ask that you assist in continuing to protect these valuable resources.
Things To Do
Looking for things to do on Texada? An abundance of trails and old logging roads cover the island. Also, check out the “Nature Trail” at Shelter Point Regional Park for old growth forest, Mount Pocahontas for east island views and Stromberg Falls (centrally located). A lack of predators on Texada makes outdoor adventuring here even more attractive.
There are 10 lakes suitable for kayaking or canoeing with Priest, Spectacle, Kirk, First, Bob’s and Angel lakes being the crowd favourites. In addition there are wonderful marine bays and coves ringing the island – and a popular trip across from Shingle Beach to Jedidiah Island Marine Sanctuary is a must for avid paddlers.
There are as many as 265 species of birds that either reside year round or migrate through Texada. Blue herons, eagles, loons, osprey, harlequin ducks, cormorants and scoters can all be spotted here. While you are looking for that special bird species see if you can catch sight of the Western Painted Turtle at Emily Lake in Van Anda. Marine mammal watching is possible from shore. Humpack and orca whales, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins and harbour porpoises are commonly seen.
Embrace your inner geologist & look for sea agates and fossilized sea creatures. Find a “flower rock” (star porphyry volcanic) a black volcanic stone with white, flower shaped, crystals unique to Texada. In the late 1800’s, iron, gold and copper mines flourished at several sites. You never know what you might find at the deactivated sites dotting the landscape. Geocaching is quickly becoming a favourite pastime, with over a dozen caches .
Getting to any of the islands on the Sunshine Coast takes a bit of extra work, but it’s well worth the trip. Texada Island is accessible by air or by sea.
Texada Airport, with its 3,000-foot paved runway, is exclusively serviced by KD Air, with three daily flights on a triangle route from Vancouver South Terminal to Qualicum Airport to Texada – generally landing within an hour from YVR to YGB. Most local restaurants and accommodation providers offer free shuttle service to and from the airport.
BC Ferries operates ferry service from Westview terminal in Powell River to Blubber Bay terminal on Texada with a 35 minute crossing time. Sailing times and schedules can change so be sure to check the latest schedule.