The waters that surround the Gulf and San Juan islands offer some of the most beautiful natural wonders in North America. And the chilly northern waters of the surrounding Pacific are a miraculous showcase of wildlife, with the orca whale being the star.
The West Coast Trail was created in 1906 to save shipwreck survivors along the rocky west coast of Vancouver Island. Now the trail is so popular with hikers that it even has its own reservation system. The trail is open for hiking May 1 through September