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Galiano Island - Gem of the Gulf Islands

Updated on December 4, 2010

Galiano is not like many of the other Gulf Islands, or other islands within two hours of a major city. It is a step back in time, where cell phones may or may not have reception, where only some areas of the island can have high speed internet, where you jump a ferry to do your grocery shopping, and your children take a water-taxi to their high school.

Galiano Island is small, 30 km long and 8 km wide (19x5 miles). It is located off the coast of southern British Columbia, near Vancouver Island, and not too far from Vancouver itself. It is easy to pop over to  the island for a day trip by taking BC Ferries from Vancouver Island or the mainland via the port at Tsawwassen. Galiano is separated from Saltspring Island by the Trincomali Channel.

Galiano has a population of about 1200 people, with the south end being more populated. In the south is also where you will find the ferry terminal, gas station, bakery, real estate office, an inn, pub and other shops. The north end is much less inhabited. Galiano Island is the perfect getaway, and close enough to Vancouver that it is easy to spend weekends here.

Among other things, Galiano offers hiking, camping and boating opportunities. From Provincial Parks which are accessible only by boat to the Montague Harbour Provincial Park in the south end - all easily accessible from the ferry.

Galiano is sure to provide a quiet retreat from the city life of Vancouver without taking more than an hour or two out of your day to get there.

Galiano Island

Galiano Island at sunset
Galiano Island at sunset


Galiano has an Inn and a few Bed & Breakfasts to ensure you a comfortable and happy stay. There is also a provincial campsite, which takes only 10 minutes to reach from the ferry terminal.

There are also a number of properties for sale on Galiano - if you want to make it your permanent (summer) home! As well, some of these properties may be available for rental if you're looking to stay longer than a few days.


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    • nadiaazhar profile image


      9 years ago from kuwait

      beautifully written and arranged.

      best regards,nadia

    • ForTheInterim profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montreal

      Thanks for your comment! Galiano really is a special place. I suggest you read the NY Times article linked above about Galiano - it's a good read.

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      9 years ago from Welland, Ontario 10 minutes from Niagara Falls

      Galiano has so much to teach the worlds population about environmental sensitivity. I grew up in Vancouver listening to those people on Galiano the squatters ...... those same people were not about to destroy their island. We MUST learn from these same wonderful free spirited people. We need to take a huge lesson about respect, and true meaning of use not abuse. I had the privailige of going to Galiano many times and when I think of the Vancouver coast line Galiano is in the front of my mind. Thanks to those wonderful people. They have really taken care of that gem.


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