Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia, off Canada’s Pacific coast, is about 100km north of Vancouver. The largest of the BC Gulf Islands at 51.5 km (32 mi.) long and 9.5 km (6 mi.) wide it has two population centers: Van Anda on the east side and Gillies Bay to the west. To get here in just 30 minutes take one of 10 ferries per day from Powell River's Westview ferry terminal to Blubber Bay. KD Air has four scheduled flights per day to the Gillies Bay Airport from Vancouver South terminal or from Qualicum Beach.
Many beaches can be found here, from rocky coastline to fine sands; also hiking trails, old logging roads, camping areas and lakes to explore. Over 250 species of birds may be seen, there's a 9-hole golf course, and kayak trips from Shingle Beach to Jedediah Island marine park. The island is most accessible with a car. Gasoline/groceries retailers, lodgings, postal services, a pub, and two restaurants provide the basics.
For affordable and enjoyable food, drink and a good roof over your head in Gillies Bay, check out the Ravenous Raven (604-486-0471), a full service restaurant and licensed lounge, open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-8pm for lunch, tea, and dinner, with Sunday brunch 10am-3pm They also offer boutique ocean-view guest rooms, wireless internet and in-room continental breakfast. They'll provide the ride from the Blubber Bay ferry terminal, or the CYGB airport if you arrange ahead. As they say, it's a great place for recreation, with "no land predators, wolves, cougar, bears or politicians."