• Texada Island (population: 1,200) has two main communities at Gillies Bay and Van Anda, far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The largest of the Gulf Islands, Texada is 32 miles long and six miles wide at its widest point, located approximately 50 miles north of Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia. Texada offers visitors great hiking, cycling, beachcombing, camping, kayaking and scuba diving, as well as exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

    Located across Malaspina Strait from Powell River, Texada Island has been a mining site for the last century, which is obvious as you pull into the ferry dock at Blubber Bay. Texada today boasts three working limestone quarries that ship out over 6 million tons of limestone each year, making them the principle supplier of limestone for the cement, chemical and pulp industries throughout the Pacific Northwest. A small timber industry and numerous home-based arts and crafts businesses are located on the island.

    Texada Island is located in the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia. The northern tip of Texada Island is located near Powell River, the largest community on the Sunshine Coast. BC Ferries operates a ferry service on a daily schedule from Powell River across the Malaspina Strait to Blubber Bay on Texada Island. Powell River is accessed by ferry from the Little River ferry terminal in Comox on Vancouver Island. Powell River can also be reached from Vancouver in the south (5 hours, 88 miles/141 km) by catching a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, driving from Langdale to Earls Cove on Highway 101, and catching another ferry from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay. Powell River is 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Saltery Bay on Highway 101.

    Limestone quarrying and forestry

    • Population

      Island population: 1,000 (Texada.org)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Vancouver Coastal Health

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

    • Practitioners

      There are currently no general practitioners on the island.

  • Texada Island Health Centre
    2603 Sanderson Rd
    Gillies Bay, BC V0N 1W0
    P:604-486-7525 | F: 604 483 7374