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Galiano
Travel Guide

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Untouched by development or crowds of tourists, Galiano is an adventure-filled island with spectacular wilderness and plenty of wildlife.

You won’t need to be in Galiano long to understand why it calls itself the “Gem of the Gulf Islands.” Watch whales gliding gracefully through the ocean and climb to the top of a forested peak in untouched wilderness. The few people who live here welcome visitors to the beauty of their island home with lively festivals and year-round entertainment.

Spend your day on a secluded beach lined by forests of pine and cedar. Measuring 17 miles (27 kilometers) from end to end, Galiano Island offers plenty of quiet coastline to discover. Take your camera along to Pebble Beach Reserve and Dionisio Point for photos of tranquil shores.

Experience adventure in the island’s interior. In spite of its size, Galiano is sparsely populated, which means that much of the island remains undeveloped. Hike through the protected parklands of Mount Galiano and Bodega Ridge for spectacular, untouched scenery. Take a mountain bike into the hills or sail a dinghy along the island coastline.

Step aboard a chartered boat departing from Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park to go whale watching in the ocean. Minke, orca and humpback whales are among the different species that visit these waters as they migrate through at different times of the year.

After you’ve had enough nature, explore the village of Sturdies Bay. Browse literature in independent bookstores and wander through charming art galleries. Rejuvenate in one of the island’s spas, where saunas, pools and flotation therapy will relax every muscle in your body.

Galiano is a hub for the network of ferries connecting the various Gulf Islands. Take a boat from here to Salt Spring Island, Mayne Island and other Gulf Islands destinations. To get to Galiano, book a ferry from Tsawwassen or Swartz Bay on Victoria Island.

Plan your visit to coincide with one of Galiano’s lively festivals. August has the Wine and Beer Tasting Festival, February offers a lively Literary Festival and in spring you can witness the unusual celebration known as Nettlefest.

Driftwood Village
Driftwood Village
3 out of 5
205 Bluff Road East, Galiano, BC
Situated in Galiano, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bluffs Park and Bellhouse Provincial Park. Galiano Island Community Library and Montague Harbour Marine ...
4.1/5Very Good! (40 reviews)
"Cottage was exactly as advertised, clean, comfortable, nicely equipped, warm and cozy. The seamless no touch check in worked perfectly and I am looking forward to returning again as soon as I can get there"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

Driftwood Village
Bodega Ridge
Bodega Ridge
3 out of 5
120 Manastee Road, Galiano, BC
Situated in Galiano, this resort is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Bodega Ridge Provincial Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Dionisio Point Provincial Park. Wise Island and ...
Bodega Ridge
Serendipity by the Sea
Serendipity by the Sea
Galiano, BC
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal and Bluffs Park. Bellhouse Provincial Park and Galiano Island ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Amazing location and amazing host!
"This was our second stay at Serendipity and this time it was even better than the last. We saw SO many harbour seals on our morning paddle in the canoe, did many hikes and even saw a humpback. The little cabin has everything we needed and the location is unbelievably perfect. The host, Deborra made ..."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Serendipity by the Sea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quiet Hideaway Near Sidney, BC With King Bed, Kitchenette and Private Bathroom
Quiet Hideaway Near Sidney, BC With King Bed, Kitchenette and Private Bathroom
Sidney, BC
The price is $138 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Situated in Sidney, this golf vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and Resthaven Park. Shoal ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Peaceful wooded setting in wonderful part of Vancouver Island
"Bernadette was a very caring and responsive host. The apartment is cozy and well appointed and we enjoyed walking the nearby trails and parks. We chose not to have the breakfasts offered by Bernadette because of our restrictive diets, but if the cookies she bakes are anything to go by, we’d recommend ..."

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Quiet Hideaway Near Sidney, BC With King Bed, Kitchenette and Private Bathroom
Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Salt Spring Island, BC
Situated in Salt Spring Island, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ganges Marina, Artspring Arts Center, and Mistaken Identity Vineyards. Salt Spring Saturday ...
4.2/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay. The cabin and cabana are quite rustic and cute"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is $171 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in the heart of Salt Spring Island, this vacation home is steps from Artspring Arts Center and Salt Spring Saturday Market. Salt Spring Island Visitor ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)
Thanks
"Awesome place and location"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

On the Beach and Right in the Activity of Town!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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