Texada Island is an ideal spot for
enthusiasts. The island abounds year round with
Abundant black-tailed deer roam freely over the
of deer hunting season, the deer have no
Cougars and bears are not found on the island
making it a
safe place for wilderness hiking.
Amphibian species common on Texada include the
and the tree frog. The latter are so abundant in
places that a "frogs
crossing" sign needs to be posted.
Scuba diving - bring your gear.
Divers will find that waters around Texada,
especially near Shelter
offer a superb opportunity to view marine life in
habitat. Besides the many species of fish, the
inhabited by wolf eel, octopus,
otter, seals and sea lions. This area of BC's
coastal waters has been
by Jasques Cousteau as one of the best places in the
world for viewing
* As many as 250 species of birds
kingfisher, loons, osprey, harlequins,
* Bald eagles are common to the area
* Great blue herons and other waterfowl
frequent the island's
* Gillies Bay is a spring stopover for
migrating Brant Geese on
long migration back to the Yukon and northern
* Rufous Hummingbirds abound from April to
A couple of black
deer fawns visit the Retreat.