Sightseeing, by bike or car, is extremely easy to do because of the island's compact size. Waterfront parks like Winter Cove and East Point encourage beachcombing and scrambling (safely) on the interestingly-eroded sandstone shoreline formations. Walk, ride your bike or drive up to the 2nd highest summit in the Gulf Islands, Mount Warburton Pike, for the best view in the Gulf Islands. Whether it's casual sightseeing or more ambitious activities, it is primarily the outdoors that people come to Saturna for and you will find you will hold your memories long into the future.
If you are arriving on foot, and requiring rides to/from the ferry and vista destinations, please make sure to contact us so we can arrange to have the Lodge Shuttle available to take you on your journey.
Saturna Lodge Island Shuttle Tour
Reservations Req’d: 250-539-2254
Cost: By Donation
Duration: 2 - 2.5 Hours
Time: Daily 10:00am
Pick up/Drop off: Saturna Lodge
Max. Passengers: 6
Climb aboard the Saturna Lodge Shuttle and enjoy this guided tour designed
to highlight key locations on island such as: Thompson Park, Warburton Pike,
Veruna Beach, Winter Cove, East Point and Fiddler’s Cove.
Saturna is a great place to walk and hike with so much of the island being in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The trails aren't long but can easily take a few hours when allowing time to savour the views and do a bit of beachcombing. Highlights include the spectacular Brown Ridge trail at the top of Mount Warburton Pike, Narvaez Bay to Monarch Head, the Winter Cove trail to Boat Passage and the Lyall Creek rainforest trail. We are happy to point you towards the trailheads of your choice.
The island has approximately 30km of quiet paved roads and a few more kilometers of dirt roads and trails. The terrain is undulating with a few challenging hills to give you a bit of a workout. Please Note: National Park trails are currently off limits to bicycles. The best way to describe the degree of difficulty is there is one big hill on the way to each vista view point. But, remember, a you after you go up, you will go down, too!
Kayak right up to the Lodge. If the tide is in, it is possible to use the Gov't Stairwell located just below the Lodge. Just a few steps up the road and you are at the Lodge. Saturna's convoluted shoreline, off-shore islets and reefs, and close proximity to neighbouring islands make for great kayaking. We would be happy to offer suggestions on local conditions and paddling destinations.
Kayak rentals, guided tours and lessons are available. Please refer to the Links page for more informaiton.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Gulf Islands experience is by boat. The interesting coastline and abundant sea life will captivate you. Discovery Seatours (tel: 250-539-3211 or 604-377-5385, www.discoveryseatours.ca is based on Saturna and operates different tours during the summer. The company is licenced to operate within the National Park waters and the experience of Captain Peter makes it a good bet on having an unforgettable outing.
The Lodge can also connect guests with a local water taxi service if needed.
With limited development and lots of protected land, there are plenty of opportunities to view our local wildlife. Deer and feral goats can be seen from hiking trails. On the shoreline or out on the water, otters, seals, sea lions and orcas are familiar sights.
Eagles, hawks, vultures and ravens soar over the cliffs and ridges of Saturna and shorebirds like gulls, ducks, geese, oystercatchers and herons can be seen on the waterfront. And closer to "home", the Lodge gardens attract a myriad of hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies during the summer.
Saturna Island is home to a number of artists working in a variety of media. Many have regular open studio hours, all welcome studio visits with advanced notice. Please consult the Saturna Island Tourism Association (SITA) brochure or website (www.saturnatourism.com) for artist contact information. The Lodge walls are adorned with local artist's work that is available for purcahse.
"Wonderful lodge and beautiful island. The innkeepers are very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for a wonderful time. We will be back."
- Christina A. & John R., Los Angeles, CA