Texada's annual Sandcastle Competition showcases
world class sand sculpturing. Festivities on
Sandcastle Weekend include live entertainment, a
slow-pitch ball tournament, games and races, a
beer garden, a barbecue, a pigroast, a dance,
and much more.
On Sundays at Gillies Bay, a seasonal farmer's
market offers fresh locally grown produce and
crafts made by local artisans.
Arts and Heritage
Texada has a rich history as an early pioneer
settlement. The Texada Island Museum in
Vananda ( see texadaheritagesociety.com
) explores some of this history. At Blubber Bay,
the Holtenwood Gallery showcases some of
the artists who live on the island.
Deer Leap Golf Club in
Crescent Bay is a nine hole golf course that
is getting excellent reviews. Two tennis
courts are available in Gillies Bay.
The nature walk along the forested shoreline
of Shelter Point Regional Park offers some
spectacular examples of BC coastal forest. Long
branches from two groves of Douglas fir spread
like arms above each end of the trail. Eagles
and osprey rest in the tallest boughs when they
aren't out cruising the coastline for a meal.
Near the south end of the trail stands the
largest Douglas fir of them all, a full 7 feet
(2.1 m) in diameter. As you look west from here
across the Strait of Georgia at the Comox
Glacier's broad white expanse, you get one of
the best views of central Vancouver Island.
Lasqueti Island lies off to the southwest. The
trail loops back from its southern terminus at a
gravel road through the forest to the giant fir.
You can also choose to walk partway on a rough
shoreline trail that branches away from the main
trail and leads past arbutus and western red
cedar. Look for the 2-mile (3-km) loop trail at
the south end of the entrance to the park's
A hike to the top of Mount Pocahontas
(1,745 feet) will net some spectacular viewing
opportunities: 360 degree views of Vancouver
Island, Georgia Strait, and the Coast Mountain
range on the BC mainland.
The warm waters of Gillies Bay make the beach at
The Retreat a great spot for a swim on those
warm summer days.
Arial view of Gillies Bay
Excellent fly-fishing for
trout can be found on Texada, particularly at
Bob's Lake and Angel Lake. The ocean waters of
Malaspina Strait and Georgia Strait
surrounding Texada abound with salmon
especially during the annual spawning runs in
Boaters will find anchorages in the many bays
around the island, and limited moorage at Marble
Bay near Van Anda, on the northeast coast of the
island. The anchorages aren't particularly
sheltered, so weather conditions should be
monitored. Boat Launch facilities are available
at Shelter Point, adjacent to The Retreat.
Deer roam freely over the island. Outside of
deer hunting season, the deer have no predators.
Cougars and bears are not found on the island
making it a very safe place for wilderness
Bring your binoculars for a birding bonanza! As
many as 250 species of birds including herons,
eagles, loons, osprey, harlequins, cormorants
and scooters, can be spotted here.
Click here for more on wildlife viewing and
From The Retreat it's an easy stroll down the
beach to Shelter Point Park where there are boat
launching facilities, picnic sites and a
concession with covered seating serving a full
menu. A groomed Nature Trail features many
ancient fir trees.
Texada abounds with dirt roads and trails to
explore by mountain bike as the map below shows.
Map of mountain bike
trails on Texada Island
Fossils can be found at Marble Bay near Vananda
at the north end of the island, at Moat Bay near
Shelter Point mid island and at Cook Bay near
the southern end of Texada. Marine fossil beds
in a variety of locations around the 400 ft
Texada Island offers a unique bonanza for rock
hounds. "Flower rocks", known to geologists as
"star porphyryvolcanic", are unique to Texada.
This black volcanic stone with white flower
shaped feldspar crystals is particularly
beautiful when polished.
The extended deer hunting season, the higher bag
limit and the great profusion of deer make
Texada Island one of the best deer hunting
destinations in British Columbia.