February 2016

Play Outside

Take a picnic to the top of Mount Galiano.

Spot an orca from the ninth hole.

Galiano is the driest and wildest of the gulf islands, Galiano gives you more days and ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Marine Life - Galiano's shoreline is home to seals, sea lions, otters and more. Let an expert guide your eco tour, or rent a kayak and discover the island's marine life at your own pace. Whale watching ramps up in Active Pass from May to October, and the famous J Pod visits us all year round. Join an excursion or keep your eyes out at Sturdies Bay, Bellhouse Park and Bluff Park.

Beaches - Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park is a Gulf Islands favourite, unique for its Shell Beach, covered with saltwater-smoothed shells. You can camp at Montague Harbour Campground. Locals love Dionisio Point Provincial Park at the north end of the island. Ask one for the way to "Coon Bay", where you'll find a sandy beach, tidal pools and fantastic sandstone formations.

Hiking - Galiano is hiker heaven, with a number of maintained trails throughout the island. Bodega Ridge Provincial Park rises to a hundred metres above sea level for views of the Gulf Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. Mount Galiano is our highest point, offering views of the San Juan Islands and the distant mainland mountains. Take a trail map and your camera.

Two-Wheel Fun - The island is 27.5km tip to tip, making mopeds, scooters and bicycles popular ways to get around. Venture up to the North End and cap off an exhilarating ride with a breathtaking view.

Golf & Tennis - The Galiano Golf and Country Club has a meticulously maintained nine-hole course, as well as a licensed restaurant (seasonal - please call ahead). Tennis enthusiasts of all levels can bring your racket and rally away a sunny afternoon on our wooden court behind Galiano School.

Birds of Paradise - On a major migration path, Galiano sees over 150 species of birds throughout the year. Prime bird-watching spots are Active Pass, Montague Harbour Provincial Park, The Bluffs, Bellhouse Park, Dionisio Point Park and Bodega Ridge.

Check out our events page for upcoming outdoor listings.

While you're enjoying the natural environment, please treat it with care. We all share Galiano with a rich variety of wildlife and vegetation. Let's make sure it stays that way.