February 2016

Visitor Information

Tourist Booth - The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce operates an information booth on Sturdies Bay Road, just up from the ferry. The booth is staffed during peak summer hours; maps and brochures are available year-round. If you have questions about visiting Galiano, you can call or email us anytime.

What to Bring - Just bring yourselves! Almost everything else is available on island. You do not have to bring food or beverages: three well-stocked grocery stores operate year-round, as do a bakery and three liquor/wine/beer outlets. Be sure to bring all-weather clothing, as clothing stores are limited. While there is no pharmacy, the grocery stores do carry general remedies; and there is a hardware store for everything from kitchenware to repair materials.

What to Buy - "Leave Room in Your Suitcase" - Galiano presents a wide range of temptations for you. Boasting the highest percentage of artists per capita, and internationally acclaimed and collected arts & crafts, you can certainly find something on Galiano to bring back memories of your West Coast experience: from sculpture to paintings, hand-crafted soap to handmade preserves.

Accommodations - A variety of accommodation is available ranging from bed & breakfasts, to cottages to resorts. Click here.

Camping - is restricted to Galiano's provincial parks. Montague Harbour Park has 13 drive-in sites and 15 walk-in sites with water, campfire pits and public toilets. To reserve a camping spot, visit Montague Provincial Campground or call 1-800-689-9025. For boaters or kayakers, Dionisio Point Park can be accessed by the marina (there is no public road access). Campfires are not permitted at Dionisio. There are no trailer or RV hook-ups on island.

ATMs - You'll find ATMs at Galiano Garage (on your left as you leave the ferry), the Corner Store and The Hummingbird Pub. There are no banks on island.

Gas Station - There is one gas station on the island, in the Village, near the Ferry Terminal. It is not a service station, but they can refer you to on and off-island repair people.

Health Care On-island - The Galiano Health Care Centre is staffed by one doctor and a part-time nurse practitioner (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm, #250-539-3230). Galiano has its own ambulance station, volunteer fire-fighter first responders, and emergency helicopter landing pad. There is no pharmacy on island.

Police Services - There is a Galiano R.C.M.P. police officer servicing the island; the office is located in the Manzanita Building in the Village. Call 250-539-2309.

Places of Worship - St. Margaret's of Scotland is an Anglican Church that welcomes all worshippers. Sunday services at 11 am, on Burrill Road, walking distance from the Village.

Garbage & Recycling Depot - There is no landfill on Galiano. Visitors are encouraged to take off island what they bring. You can lighten the load at The Recycling Depot & Redirectory, located on Sturdies Bay Road across from The Galiano Trading Company (Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm). For information on accepted items, visit the Galiano Island Recycling Resources Centre.

FIRE Safety - Campfires are often banned on Galiano Island. Our forests are tinder-dry in summer, and the risk of fire is extremely high. Visit the South and North Volunteer Fire Departments at the start of your stay for current fire danger ratings and instructions.