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Tumbo Island (Day use) - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

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Note: Tumbo Island near Saturna Island is a Parks Canada Day Use site and an official BC Marine Trails site.

Marine Trail users description

This is a beautiful day-use island part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve adjacent to Cabbage Island, and so it makes a great destination as part of a camping trip out to this set of islands off the northeast end of Saturna Island.

There are two beaches located here, both part of a sandy tombolo that connect the two rocky ridges that compose the two extents of the island. A trail leads along the longer ridge for a thorough exploration of the island. 

For those kayaking around Tumbo, it is recommended to do so at low tide, as the intertidal and subtidal sea life here is spectacular, particularly along the cliffy southern shoreline. Look for some of the largest urchins you'll see anywhere in the Gulf Islands.

- John Kimantas

Site Data

Please find site data on Tumbo Island on our main map.

Nearby Launch Locations

Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island

Official information

Tumbo Island is a day visit site only.


"Prior to European colonization, GINPR was occupied for thousands of years by a group of First Nations now known as the Coast Salish. First Nations people continue to live, hunt, and fish on these lands. Traces of European settlement from the 19th and early 20th century are everywhere on these islands. Highlights include the remnants of the Sidney Island Brick Factory, an old fox farm on Tumbo Island, and the orchard trees that dot the islands" (Hugo Wong, Parks Canada)


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