Love the Gulf Islands? So does the New York Times

We all know about the spectacular and serene beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands, home to artists and great food.

Now the more than two million subscribers of the New York Times know, too.

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The islands off Vancouver Island’s east coast made it into the New York Times Travel section’s Top 52 Places to Go.

The Gulf Islands placed 50th overall, tucked between Ubud, Indonesia, and Sydney, Australia.

Toronto was the only other Canadian destination to make this year’s list. It was No. 7, between Mozambique and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Getting into the Times is a big deal. One of the world’s top publications, its website receives 152 million unique views per month, said Tourism Victoria, which promotes the region to attract visitors to boost the local economy.

Journalist Remy Scalza wrote in the Times that the Islands are “dotted with small seaside villages, where summers can feel almost Mediterranean.”

“Rocky coast and pebble beaches give way to rolling pastures and forested peaks. Winding roads lead from farms and wineries to cheeseries, breweries and artists’ studios.”

Scalza highlighted some culinary opportunities, as well.

“Restaurants — including tiny Pilgrimme, cited as one of Canada’s best — punch well above their weight, while one-off accommodations range from renovated Airstreams to Airbnb finds and small, family-run lodges.”

Fans dished on the Times’ Facebook page about their favourite Gulf Islands.

One raved about Saturna, writing that visitors will be overwhelmed by the choice of activities.

“Hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, diving, whale and seal watching, bald eagle sighting, and, of course, the peace and quiet that allows you to relax, read a book, enjoy your family. It truly does not get better than Saturna!”

Another recommended visiting a few islands because they are all unique. “If you love nature, breathtaking scenery, arts, and a friendly, relaxed vibe, come to the islands.”

This is the second time the area has been featured in the New York Times. Victoria’s Trounce Alley recently received positive coverage, too. Tourism Victoria said it worked with the writer for that piece as well.

cjwilson@timescolonist.com

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