The Tla’amin people have used and occupied these lands since time immemorial, with settlements throughout the Island. The Tla’amin people welcome you to use and enjoy these lands safely, responsibly and respectfully: they ask that you assist in continuing to protect these valuable resources.
Texada Island is the largest of British Columbia's Gulf Islands. There are two small communities; Van Anda on the eastern side of the Island and Gillies Bay on the western side. A wonderful get away from the hustle bustle, Texada has a population of 1200 people. You'll find lots of attractions and activities to make for an interesting stay.
Texada has an interesting and varied topography and its shoreline offers great kayaking and scuba diving, as well as swimming beaches. There is a spectacular 360 degree view from 1,745 foot Mt. Pocahontas. 4x4 roads and hiking trails cover most of the southern end of the Island.
WHAT TO SEE
Shelter Point Park
Texada Heritage Society
THINGS TO DO
There are so many things to do on Texada. Hikes include the "Nature Trail" at Shelter Point, Mount Pocahontas on the east island and Stromberg Falls. If you love the water you are in for a treat. As well as the beautiful beaches of Shelter Point Park and Shingle beach, there are over 10 lakes suitable for kayaking and canoeing - the most popular being Kirk, Priest, First, Spectacle, Bob's and Angel lakes.
Texada teems with wildlife. With as many as 265 species of birds that either migrate or live on the island, it is a birdwatcher's haven. Osprey, loons, blue herons, cormorants and eagles are just a few of the the birds you can see. If you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the Western Painted Turtle at Emily Lake! Texada is also a favourite spot for sea lions, harbour porpoises, humpback and orca whales.
Explore the old iron, gold and copper mines from the 1800's when Texada was a thriving mining community. See if you can find a "flower rock", a black volcanic stone with white flower-shaped crystals unique to Texada and drop in at the Texada museum to learn more about the history of mining in the area.
SHOPPING & SERVICES
There are two general stores on the Island where and you will find everything you need including organic fruit and vegetables, as well as a liquor store and post office. There are restaurants, arts and crafts stores, a gas station and a Credit Union. A medical clinic is located in Gillies Bay.