The B.C. Gulf Islands have ranked on a list of places to visit in 2016 from the New York Times along with the likes of Abu Dhabi and the French Caribbean.
The Southern Gulf Islands ranked number 50 out of 52 places listed in the article, largely because of the natural beauty that the province as a whole is fondly known for around the world.
Vancouver seems to be a little too ritzy these days to make the list, though. The article notes as the city goes more upscale, more rugged explorers are looking to the Gulf Islands to get their Pacific Northwest beauty fix.
“Winding roads lead from farms and wineries to cheeseries, breweries and artists’ studios. Each of the nearly dozen major islands has its own character and contrarian island culture, but all offer secluded coves and trails to explore, and abundant wildlife, from eagles to orcas,” reads the article.
Unique accommodations and restaurants added to the B.C. Gulf Islands getting recognized on the list.
Toronto was the only other Canadian spot to make the list, coming in at number seven for “slipping out of the shadow of Montreal and Vancouver” and being bike and pedestrian friendly.
Squamish made the list of the New York Times top places to visit in 2015, touting it as a town that’s more than just a stopover on the way to Whistler.