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Galiano

Travel Guide
Galiano which includes a day spa and a garden

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! (43 reviews)
Galiano getaway
"This is the second time I’ve stayed at Driftwood Village and have no complaints! Heather and Fred are fantastic and more than happy to answer any questions about the local area. I’m always on foot and they’ll assist with hikes nearby, pristine shore access, and are available if their guests have ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Driftwood Village
Bodega Ridge
Bodega Ridge
3 out of 5
120 Manastee Road, Galiano, BC
Situated in Galiano, this aparthotel 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 ...
Bodega Ridge
Serenity by the Sea Retreat B&B
Serenity by the Sea Retreat B&B
2.5 out of 5
65 Serenity Lane, Galiano, BC
Situated in Galiano, this beach bed & breakfast is steps away from Wise Island and Ballingall Islets Nature Park. Bodega Ridge Provincial Park and Montague Harbour ...
Serenity by the Sea Retreat B&B
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.
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
3.5 out of 5
7911 Bedwell Dr., Pender Island, BC
Situated in Pender Island, this golf holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. ...
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
Rosedale Manor
Rosedale Manor
2.5 out of 5
2520 Alexander Street, Duncan, BC
Situated in Duncan, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Cowichan Aquatic Centre, World's Largest Hockey Stick and Duncan Visitor Centre. Chances Cowichan ...
4/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
"The property was a great match for our trip. It was close to Downtown Duncan and grocery/restaurants. We appreciated the kitchen and everything included in the apartment. It was quiet and felt safe. Everything was a little dated, but worked great and helped make our stay enjoyable. Thanks so ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Rosedale Manor
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
4 out of 5
845 Downey Rd, Sidney, BC
Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal ...
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
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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