Paddlers are aware of the mystery and beauty of the Gulf Islands long before they dip their paddle in the waters. This popular paddling area echoes well past the shores of the islands. The magic of the Gulf Islands is experienced in many ways --watching river otters play on the sandstone shores, often idyllic paddling conditions and the often-heard cry of the Bald Eagle above. Many of the campsites are in either a BC Provincial (Marine) Park or the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. There are dozens of access points located on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Exploring the Gulf Islands can occur from a number of hub cities or from city, town, or rural launch sites.