The Gulf Islands are a group of islands off the southern coast of British Columbia. Most of these islands are accessible by BC Ferry from Tsawwassen and are the islands that you pass on your way to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The first island that you will come to once you leave the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is Galiano Island. Because it is the closest it makes for an easy daytrip from the mainland.
Galiano Island is fairly quiet during the winter months, but during the summer season it becomes much busier. There is a Saturday farmers’ market to wander around, quaint shops to browse in, and beautiful beaches to relax on.
If you are going for the day there is no need to take a car as there are stores and restaurants within walking distance of the ferry terminal. There is also the Galiano Inn if you wanted to spend a night or two away. If you do take a vehicle then make sure and find your way to one of the hiking trails that will take you to the top of Mt. Galiano.
This hiking trail, to the highest point on Galiano Island, takes about an hour each way and is well worth the climb.
From the top you will have panoramic views of other gulf islands and perhaps even the Olympic Peninsula Mountains of Washing State in the distance. Make sure you pack water and a snack so that you can spend some time at the top enjoying the spectacular views.
Once you have made your way back down, drive over to Montague Harbour Provincial Park and grab a bite to eat at the marina there or head back toward the ferry terminal for a delicious ice cream treat. The beach area near the terminal is a perfect place to end you daytrip to Galiano. You can do some beach-combing here…
…or just laze in the sunshine and enjoy the ocean breeze, while you are waiting for the ferry to take you back to the mainland.
For more information about planning your trip to Galiano Island check out the following links..