The Gulf Islands of British Columbia stretch for many miles along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island (the big one, about 400 miles long). In the southern group, the largest is Saltspring, and this photo was taken from the top of Mount Maxwell on Saltspring.
The large white ship is one of the B.C.Ferries outward bound from Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island, to the terminal at Tsawassen on the mainland, where it connects to the highway into Vancouver city and the rest of North America.
The smaller ferry is one of the inter-island boats, and off in the distance is a ship in the Strait of Georgia, which separates Canada from the United States and is the main shipping channel from the Pacific Ocean to the port of Vancouver. The islands in the far distance are part of the San Juan group, in Washington State.
Not counting Saltspring, there are 10 Canadian islands visible in this photo, all within easy access from Sidney, the nearest town on Vancouver Island. Most of the island images I’ve posted so far have been taken on or around the islands visible here.
Taken with a Sony DSCF828 camera, summer of 2007.