Although the most remote, crowd-free refuge in the southern Gulf Islands, Saturna Island is easily accessible by ferry from both Victoria and Vancouver or by floatplane.


A tiny population of just 350 full-time residents combined with cozy accommodations, a small selection of retail stores and galleries and the island's well-protected natural beauty, make Saturna a prime place to visit or to call home.


Saturna draws those who appreciate peace, outdoors activities and abundant quality time with books, binoculars, journals, art supplies and creative imaginations. Hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, home-studio artist tours, lazy afternoons in parks and miscellaneous water activities (swimming, boating, beachcombing) are favourite pursuits here.

Saturna Island

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Saturna Island Lamb BBQ - website »

The Lamb Barbeque is a joyous celebration of Canada Day, centred around a traditionally prepared barbequed lamb meal, with an old-fashioned country fair flavour.


This close knit community has hosted the Saturna Lamb Barbeque on an annual basis since 1950 when it began as a school picnic on the Campbell’s farm at Saturna Beach in celebration of the July 1 national holiday.


The BBQ is now held on the grounds of Hunter Field, Winter Cove, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. It is the principal fundraising activity of the Saturna Island Community Club. Activities and services such as health care, ambulance, library, a singing group, groundwater protection, children’s Christmas party, school-end festivities and awards are funded by the Community Club.


SIMRES – Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society  - website »

The Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society was established in 2012 growing out of an economic development conference held on the island. It quickly became an enthusiastic initiative, not only as an economic stimulus, but as an environmental advocacy group for Saturna Island and our marine ecosystem.

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