Princess Margaret Island A local paddling paradise

Less than a two hour paddle from Sidney to this small island with tropical-like beaches, it's a perfect overnight get-away by paddle board.

Leaving Tsehum Harbour, Sidney
Plotting the most interesting route
Crossing Colburne Passage
Lunch break in Stranger Pass between Pym Island and Knapp Island

Welcome to Shell Beach

Safe arrival at Shell Beach on the southwest side of the island. A beach appropriately named after the concentration of shells coming from eroding shell middens that ring the island and date as far back as 3,000 years, evidence of native use of this island.

Time to explore the island by paddle board...

Princess Margaret Island, also called Portland Island, is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and is rich in history. Hawaiian immigrants settled on this island back in the 1880s when they came to Canada, most as contractees of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Exploring the shoreline of Brackman Island at sunset (landing on Brackman Island is prohibited)
Rich colours of arbutus, Douglas fir, juniper and witch's hair at sunset

Oh glorious Sunset

Sunset behind Saltspring Island
Sleeping beneath the moon and a zillion stars

Front door morning view!

Breakfast in nature
Delicious gluten free, vegan blueberry pancakes to start the day right
Morning greeting by a Great blue heron

Morning hike around the island

Algae "potpourri"
Beautiful lichen covered forest floor
Local hiker leaving a trail of happy leaves
Possible water well from past settlers
West coast inuksuk
Crab shell moult
Time to return home after 24hrs of wonderful exploration and adventure, and rest and relaxation, in nature

Book your single or mult-day tour today with South Island SUP or Success From Within

Created By
Gina Lemieux


Photos by Gina Lemieux and Brian Raymer

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