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Salish Sea & Gulf Islands
The name "Gulf Islands" comes from "Gulf of Georgia," the original term used by George Vancouver in his mapping of the southern part of the archipelago. Before the San Juan Island dispute, also included what have since been called, the San Juan Islands. The entire Gulf includes waters such as Trincomali Channel (between Galiano and Salt Spring Islands), Sansum Narrows (between Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island), and Malaspina Strait (between Texada Island and the mainland around Powell River). The term Salish Sea was adopted in 2010 to refer to the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and all connecting and adjoining waters.
Southern Gulf Islands
The Southern Gulf Islands include hundreds of islands and islets and form part of a larger archipelago, also including the nearby San Juan Islands of the state of Washington State in the United States. The Southern Gulf Islands are perhaps best known for their artists, wineries, art galleries, farms, and natural beauty. Boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and exceptional marine life, especially orcas, are all possible in the Southern Gulf Islands.