Things to Do


Texada Island offers a wide range of activities. There is something for all ages and all interests, from galleries and a museum to festivals. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is an environment for every passion.




Sandcastle Weekend

An annual event for over 20 years, Texada hosts a weekend of family fun and activities at Shelter Point Park in Gillies Bay. The weekend kicks off on Saturday morning with a parade at 11:00 to the RCMP station. A lip sync contest and fashion show start the evening, followed by dancing to live music. The evening closes out with the release of moonbags as darkness falls.

Saturday is jam-packed, with bike races, childrens arts and crafts, a softball tournament, a parade, bed races and more!


Sunday begins with a pancake breakfast, then the sandcastle competition, with teams gathering on the beach in Gillies Bay to build their sand sculptures. The public votes on the sculptures, and trophies and prizes are awarded. The day (and weekend) closes with a pig roast in the ball park.


For more information, and the tentative schedule for this year's weekend, please go to and follow the links.


Dates for the Sandcastle Weekend on Texada Island:

2012: Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd


Diversity Festival

A Festival that celebrates diversity in new music and is held at the Shingle Beach Forest Service Site. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help offset maintenance costs at the site so that Shingle Beach camping can remain free.

The aim is to please a diverse audience of all ages drawn from both inside and outside the community. New music artists, composers, bands and disc jockeys from across the continent will be featured.


For more information about Diversity Festival, please go to




Gillies Bay Farmer's Market


Sundays throughout the summer - 12:00 to 1:30

This seasonal farmer's market offers fresh locally grown produce and crafts made by local artisans.

Arts and Heritage

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Texada has a rich history as an early pioneer settlement. The Texada Heritage Society museum at Blubber Bay explores some of this history.


The Holtenwood Gallery in Blubber Bay showcases some of the artists who live on the island. Across the street is the Manyana shop, which also sells locally made arts and clothing.



Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing and Hunting

Photo by: John Banovich, csc

Texada Island boasts a myriad of freshwater lakes and saltwater beaches to play host for all your watersport needs.

The ocean waters of Malaspina Strait and Georgia Strait surrounding Texada abound with salmon. Excellent trout fishing  can be found in many of the lakes.


The beaches at Shelter Point Park and Shingle beach Parks are great for swimmers and sunbathers alike.

Boaters will find anchorages in the many bays around the island, and transient moorage at Marble (Sturt) Bay near Van Anda, on the Northeast coast of the island. Boat Launch facilities are available at Shelter Point Park.

With no natural predators, Texada has an overabundance of Blacktail deer, and within the vicinity of 5500-6000, has a very generous hunting season and bag limit. Hunting season runs from the first week of September and concludes on the 15th of January. Not only is the bag limit 3, but 2 of those may be does in season. We also have a junior doe season. The Texada Island Inn is hunter friendly, and although we don't provide guiding or packing services, there is always somewhere to weigh or hang a deer and Dan is always available to share hunting stories, and directions.

Flower Rocks of Texada

Photo by: John Banovich, csc

The 'flower rock', a black volcanic stone that has white, flower shaped crystals is known by geologists as 'star porphyryvolcanic' and is unique to Texada Island. Many artisans create jewelry from this beautiful rock that is available for sale in both Gillies Bay and Van Anda.

The bartop in the Texada Island Inn pub is made from flower rock.

Hiking and Biking

From the relatively easy nature walk along the forested shoreline of Shelter Point Regional Park to the more difficult hike to the top of Mount Pocahontas, there is somewhere for hikers of all levels of experience and fitness.



A local hiking group, the Texada Trekers, welcome visitors to join in guided hikes every Saturday. Look for the signs posted near the grocery stores, gas station and post office to find out where and when to meet.

From offroad mountainbiking to long rides along paved roads, there are miles of roads and trails through spectacular scenery to entice bikers of all ages.


Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing




Deer, birds, otters, racoons and many other forms of wildlife abound. There are no predators on the island, so it is very safe wilderness hiking and wildlife viewing.


With over 250 species of birds, Texada is a birdwatcher's paradise.