• Tucked away at the southern end of the Gulf Island chain, and difficult to reach, Saturna Island is easily the least spoiled of the Gulf Islands. A remote and sparsely populated rural hideaway, with bountiful wildlife and tremendous natural beauty, Saturna Island features a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, kayaking, swimming and fishing.

    Saturna Island is located in the southern Gulf Islands, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC. Check the ferry schedules to Saturna Island, as the service is not as frequent as it is to other islands. There are no direct ferry sailings from Victoria or Vancouver to Saturna (Lyall Harbour). To reach Saturna from Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver, catch a Gulf Islands ferry to Village Bay on Mayne Island, and from there connect to Lyall Harbour. Access from Swartz Bay north of Victoria on Vancouver Island is also by way of Village Bay on Mayne Island. The ferry service varies with the season and the day of the week.

    Tourism is important to the livelihood and economic well-being of most of the Gulf Islands. Visitors to Saturna should plan ahead, as there are no campsites on the island and accommodations are limited, so lodging reservations are recommended. Much of the population of Saturna is centred around Lyall Harbour and Boot Cove, and a few homes are scattered throughout the island.


  • Island Population: 354 (2016 Census)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Rural Designation: RSA Community

      RRP Designation: B

    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners: There are currently no general practitioners on the island.

    • Clinic

      Saturna Medical Clinic
      Saturna Island Recreation and Cultural Centre
      104 Harris Road
      Saturna Island, BC
      Doctor in attendance, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays

    • Nurse Practitioner

      Leanne Rowand
      11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Thursdays
      To book appointments call the clinic or leave a message at 250-539-5435.

    • Home Nursing

      Registered Nurse Lorna Archer-Quinn
      10 am to 2 pm, Mondays and Thursdays

      To enquire about home care or long term care services call Lorna at the clinic, 250-539-5435 or contact Island Health Central Intake 1-888-533-2273.

    • Public Health Nurse

      For information or appointment, call Peninsula Health Unit 1-250-544-2400

    • Registered Massage Therapist

      Sandra Kriese, by appointment at 250-539-3673