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San Juans or Gulf Islands???

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San Juans or Gulf Islands???

I am planning a trip to British Columbia, including Vancouver, Whistler, etc. I would like to spend a few days either on Salt Spring Island or Orcas Island before arriving in Seattle for a convention. About fifteen years ago I spent a delightful three days on Orcas. It would be great to return there, but then maybe I would be missing a wonderful experience exploring Salt Spring Island. Can anyone tell me how the islands differ and which one offers the most in the way of tranquility and scenic beauty. Would I be disappointed in Salt Spring after enjoying Orcas so much?? Maybe there are other options that I haven't even considered for this trip. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: San Juans or Gulf Islands???

I have both sailed and driven to Saltspring and like it a lot. However, as with Orcas, I disliked the lack of access to coastline as is available on San Juan Island. If Salt Spring can be part of your plan, sure. It's been a few years since I've been to Saltspring but I wonder if SJI still offers more variety, things to see and to do, as well as accessible coastline.

You might compare what you learn regarding Saltspring to San Juan Island, here:



I posted several websites on the latter to provide more, and necessary, information.

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