Portland Island, British Columbia
Just three miles from shore, visitors find an extensive trail system through the meadows of Portland Island, part of Canada's Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. A four-mile perimeter trail leads past cliffs, coves, sandy beaches,
and carpets of blossoms. Two cross-island paths make an easy shortcut.
Insider's tip: The island is reachable only by private boat or rentable kayak from Vancouver Island.
What's growing: native sea blush (the purple blooms shown here), chocolate lilies, fawn lilies, and shooting stars.
When to go: April and May; 250/654-4000 or http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/gulf/index.aspx