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The Gulf Islands are in the Strait of Georgia, also known as the Salish Sea, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is one of eight National Park Reserves in Canada, and covers 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi) of islets, reefs, and 15 larger islands including about half of Saturna Island.
Saturna was originally used by indigenous people who called the island "Long Nose," due to the island's long north-east tapering shoreline that ends at East Point. The name Saturna comes from the Spanish naval schooner Santa Saturnina, that together with the longboat of the Spanish naval packet ship San Carlos, explored the island's coast in an excursion under the overall command of Pilot Juan Pantoja y Arriaga in 1791. The first European settlers came in the 1800s, but the island was slow to develop due to its relative isolation and mountainous topography.
Winter Cove is a small day use area at the western end of the park with a variety of ecosystems including wetlands, marshes, and rainforest. Boat Pass can provide a shortcut for small boat operators, but strong tidal currents can be hazardous with speeds exceed 5 knots (2.6 m/sec) during spring tides. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Boat Pass and Saturna Island.