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The Retreat on Texada Island
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 Texada Island Events and Activities

Note: Information on this page may from time to time become outdated.
For up to the minute information on events and activities on Texada Island a good source is the texada.org website.

Sandcastle Competition
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.

Gillies Bay Farmer's Market

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.

Golf and Tennis

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.

Hiking

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 campsite area.

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. 

Swimming

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

Fishing 

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 September.

Boating

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.

Wildlife Viewing

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 hiking. 

Bird Watching

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 birding.

Shelter Point Regional Park

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.

Biking

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
 

Fossil Hunting

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 elevation mark.

'Rock Hounding'

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.

Deer Hunting

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.

 

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The Retreat on Texada Island
Oceanfront motel accommodation in Gillies Bay