Texada Info & Activities

Get to know our Island!

Texada Island quick facts:

  • population of approximately 800-1,000 people, with a seasonal population of approximately 1,400
  • Texada is the largest of all the Gulf Islands (50 km long), yet one of the least developed
  • in 1791, Spanish explorers first sighted and charted this island, Explorer Jose Maria Navarez later named the Island Texada after his friend, Rear-Admiral Felix de Texada
  • we have a rich history – from ancient First Nations’ middens and discovery by the Spanish explorers to settlement of the island in the early 1900’s
  • mining is one of the main industries, including iron, copper and gold – with limestone quarrying being the largest employer today
  • Learn more about our island history here

Or for insider information, just call or write Ben and Jan:

bjsonthebeachtexada@gmail.com | +1.604.414.4731

(… and view our Texada beachfront holiday cabin amenities here!)

Click on the image above for a full size PDF map from Tourism Powell River.

There are two villages on the island:

Gillies Bay – Gillies Bay General Store (includes liquor store, post office, and deli), medical clinic, RCMP station, firehall, recycling depot, Gallery on Dogwood, airport, Thrift Store, library, Seniors Centre, Pre-School, playground, ball diamond

Van Anda – Texada Market grocery store (includes liquor store and deli), post office, Legion, gas station and garage (closed Sundays), Van Anda Custom Works (custom made tourism supplies), recycling depot, firehall, ball diamond, Sadie and Daisy’s Consignment Store (open May-October), Texada Museum, Texada Island Inn (restaurant and pub), Mary Mary Cafe

Texada Island is a part of the qathet Regional District.  Powell River is 7km away via BC Ferries (30 minute ride).  Comox, Vancouver Island is 10 nautical miles away via BC Ferries (1 hour ride from Texada Island)

Out on the trails and the water:

An amazing network of mountain biking and hiking trails, opportunities for ocean and lake swimming, beach strolling, boating, etc.

There is a free, drop-in hiking club (the Texada Trekkers) who meet every Saturday at the Gillies Bay store at 10:00 AM to discuss where that particular group wishes to explore that day.

There are NO predators (bears, cougars, coyotes, wolves) on Texada Island. This allows for worry-free outdoor enjoyment!

There is an abundance of deer on the Island because they have no natural predators, as well as 265 species of birds including Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons, Sea Otters, Seals, Dolphins and from time to time even pods of Orcas and Humpbacks come into the Bay.

Texada Parks & Recreation:

Shelter Point Regional Park a fully serviced campground with a concession stand in the summer months.

A 9-hole Golf Course just 15 minutes away with views of Powell River and Vancouver Island.

Texada Island Museum with artefacts and displays describing the island’s rich mining history, early homesteaders, and early Sliammon heritage.

Shingle Beach: A lovely beach and campground with great views of Lasqueti and Jedediah Islands as well as the site of Texada’s Diversity Festival

Emily Lake (Turtle Lake): An easy trail walk known as a habitat for the endangered Westcoast Painted Turtle and the Vananda Creek Threespine Stickleback

This is just a taste! For more to explore see the Texada Arts, Culture & Tourism Society here.

Off Island:

Powell River: A short ferry ride to the city with access to local shops, beaches, a marina, the famous Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada’s longest running movie theatre, an award-winning craft brewery and multiple events and festivals year round.

Lund: Known as Mile Zero of the Pacific Coastal Highway from Lund to Castro, Chile, Lund is the starting point for the Sunshine Coast Trail and access point for the famed Desolation Sound and the white sand beaches of Savary Island.

Comox Valley, Vancouver Island: With a proposed ferry route from Texada to Comox slated for Summer 2019, the Comox Valley features three lovely towns (Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland), Mount Washington (Skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking), restaurants, craft breweries, music festivals and more.