Winter Cove (Day-Use Area), Gulf Islands National Park

Winter Cove (Day-Use Area), Gulf Islands National Park

Winter Cove is a scenic and ecologically diverse destination within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. This day-use area offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty and rich marine and terrestrial ecosystems that characterize the Southern Gulf Islands. It’s an ideal spot for a day trip to connect with nature, enjoy outdoor activities, and explore the park’s unique features.

Key Attractions and Activities:

  1. Marine Life Viewing: The cove is renowned for its abundant marine life, including seals, sea lions, and a variety of seabirds. It’s an excellent location for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
  2. Hiking Trails: Winter Cove features a network of well-marked hiking trails that wind through the coastal forests and along the shoreline. These trails offer great opportunities for hiking and exploring the island’s natural beauty.
  3. Picnicking: There are picnic tables available where you can enjoy a meal while taking in the panoramic views of the cove and the surrounding landscape.
  4. Beachcombing: The rocky shoreline is perfect for beachcombing, and you might discover unique marine treasures, shells, and driftwood.
  5. Photography: The stunning vistas and diverse flora and fauna make Winter Cove a prime spot for nature photography.


  • Picnic areas with tables.
  • Interpretive displays and information about the park’s ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Public restrooms.

Getting There: To reach Winter Cove, you’ll need to take a ferry to Saturna Island from the nearby Southern Gulf Islands or the mainland of British Columbia. Once on Saturna Island, follow the road signs to Winter Cove within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

Hours and Fees: Winter Cove is a day-use area and is generally open year-round, though services and accessibility can vary with the seasons. There is no entrance fee to access the day-use area. However, ferry fees and any camping fees for nearby campgrounds may apply.

Note: When visiting Winter Cove, please respect the natural environment and follow Leave No Trace principles. Take only pictures and leave only footprints to help preserve this unique and ecologically significant area within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Enjoy your day trip to Winter Cove and its stunning natural beauty!

Church Bay Rd, Saturna, BC V0N 2Y0

1 866-944-1744