Galiano Island

What to see and do in Galiano:

Visit a gallery or art studio
Galiano is home to a wide range of artists who are happy to show their art to visitors. Pick up a copy of the Galiano Art Guide or download a PDF copy here. I visited some of the galleries on the South Galiano Art Loop.
Info about art on Galiano here.
Take a hike!
There are several hiking trails throughout the island. Our favourite was “The Bluffs”. It is a bit of a climb to reach the lookout at the top but the amazing views down Active Pass and through the southern gulf islands toward Vancouver Island are well worth the effort!
Info about the Galiano’s hiking (and other outdoor fun) here.

Getting there:

Galiano is the first stop on the south gulf island route and so a quick 55-minute ferry ride from Tsawwassen (outside Vancouver).
Ferry info here.

Where to Eat:

Galiano is home to several fun and very informal eateries. Believe it or not, our favourite was Max & Moritz Spicy Island Food which serves yummy and freshly made Indonesian meals out of a food trailer at the Sturdies Bay ferry dock. Don’t let the location fool you. This is delicious food you can eat while dining outside overlooking the ocean. Don’t wait until you’re in the ferry line-up to try it out!
We also had an excellent lunch at The Black Dog which is across the street from the Daystar Market. This market has a nice selection of groceries and a small cafe as well. This little shopping and eating area is also near the Hummingbird Inn which we didn’t visit but is another good dining option.
(I would recommend any of these head and shoulders over the overpriced fare available at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn restaurant. We didn’t eat there because the “service” we got upon entering was rude and unwelcoming so we left.)
Visit Trip Advisor for more dining options.

Where to stay:

Galiano has a wide range of rental accommodation, including resorts, cottages and B&Bs. We stayed in a cottage at the Driftwood Village. They have several self-contained cottages (from studios to two bedroom). The cottages are each unique so read the description carefully to find the right one for you. Many of the cottages have fireplaces and some are tucked into more private corners of the ‘village’. The cottages are equipped with kitchens but not BBQs. There is a shared hot tub and badminton court in the middle of the cottages.
The cottages are about 3 km from Sturdies Bay and the ferry dock on a quiet stretch of road. There is a beach access trail about a five minute walk away with nice views of Active Pass. It is about a twenty minute walk to the village centre at Sturdies Bay.
More rental accommodations can be found here.

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