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  Arbutus Tree Galiano Island   Galiano is one the first islands you'll see from the ferry as you make your way into the archipelago from the mainland. Named after the Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcalá Galiano who sailed these waters in 1792. The island is about 30km (20 miles) long and and less then 7km (4 miles) across at its widest point with a total area of approximately 57 square kilometres (22 square miles).  
 
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The population hovers around one thousand people but swells considerably in the tourist season. Mountainous and for the most part covered with forest and field, the shorelines alternate between bluffs, beaches and rocky outcroppings. There is an abundance of wildlife (with the exception of cougars, wolfs and bears) particularly black trailed deer. The island is a boaters and kayakers destination and often visited by cyclists even though the roads are winding, narrow and hilly. A bicycle shop near the ferry terminal provides parts and repairs if you have a problem. You'll find a marina and moorage, along with kayak rentals in Montague Harbour. Hiking trails and beach walks abound, with many of the inland trails leading to exceptional viewpoints. If you decide to take a beach walk be sure you have a copy of the areas tide tables to avoid getting marooned or trapped by incoming tides. Front country camping is available at Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park and primitive camping can be had at Dionisio Point Provincial Park (water access only - Porlier Pass should only be attempted by expert kayakers with solid knowledge of tides and currents). There are a number of regional parks on the island including Mount Galiano, Bodega Ridge and Bluffs Park.

The main centre on the island is Sturdies Bay which has groceries, liqueur, hardware, a gas station, a bakery, a book store and a number of restaurants. Accommodations can be found throughout the island and range from small B&Bs to splendid inns ,such as the Galiano Ocean Front Inn, which is also one of the islands spas.

As with most of the Gulf Islands, Galiano has a large number of artists and artisans which make their work available in the island galleries or in their own studios. Art on a Fence is a well visited showing of island artists work which takes place during the summer months. Other events of note are the Galiano Wine Festival and the Saturday Market.

Getting Here & Getting Around - There are BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (Vancouver/Lower Mainland) and Swartz Bay (Victoria/Vancouver Island) some of which are direct (taking about one hour) and some hop from island to island on route (slow but scenic). You can also connect directly or indirectly with Salt Spring, Mayne, Pender and Saturna. Gabriola, Kuper and Thetis (Valdes has no ferry service) are served by separate routes. Galiano's ferry terminal is located at Sturdies Bay at the south eastern tip of the island. Inter-island passenger ferry service is also available through Gulf Islands Water Taxi. Several regional airlines service the island as well. Boaters can take advantage of the anchorages in the protected area of Montague Harbour as well as harbours and bays. Canada Customs (Canadian Border Service Agency) is located on South Pender Island. Check out their website website for information on custom clearance and the CANPASS system. The Gulf Island Taxi Company provides taxi service on the island.

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Accommodations

Active Pass Beach House - Galiano Island
Behind the Red Door - B&B, Galiano Island
Bellhouse Inn
- B&B, Galiano Island
Bodega Ridge - Lodge, Cabins, 120 Manastee Road, Galiano Island
Casa Galiano - B&B, Galiano Island
Dragonfly - B&B, Galiano Island
Driftwood Village - 205 Bluff Road East, Galiano Island
Eagle's Nest - Cabin, Galiano Island
Ferry Landing House and Cottage - House & Cottages, Galiano Island
Galiano Cabins - Cabins, Galiano Island
Galiano Inn - Inn, Spa, 134 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island
Galiano Waterfront Retreat - Galiano Island
Galiano By-The-Sea - Galiano Island
Hidden Ridge - B&B, Galiano Island
Holland House - B&B, Galiano Island
In the Bluff Oceanside - Galiano Island
Kingfishers Perch Oceanfront Cottage - Cottage, Galiano, Island
La Casita Guest House - Cabin, Galiano Island
Madora Lodge Resort by the Sea - Rosort, Galiano Island
Moonshadows - B&B, Galiano Island
Play by the Sea - Galiano, Island
Sands of Morning Beach - B&B, Galiano Island
Serenity by the Sea - Galiano Island
Sticks & Stones Country Cottages - Cottages, Galiano Island
Whaler Bay Lodge - B&B, Galiano Island
Woodruff - House, Galiano Island

Woodstone Country Inn - Inn, Galiano Island

Associations & Clubs

Galiano Conservancy Association
Georgia Strait Alliance
Gulf Islands Arts Council
Islands Trust
Island Trust Fund
TLC Land Conservancy

Business Services & Products

AdVision Multi-Media Productions - Galiano Island
All Islands Septic
- Septic Services
Artistic Wedding Photography - Galiano Island
BC Hydro - Hydro Electric
Canada Poste - Canadian Mail Service
Galiano Trading Company - Hardware, Galiano Island
Gulf Islands Wireless Internet - Wireless ISP
Postal Lookup - Westminster - Postal Codes
Telus - Telecommunications

Culture

Allison Crowe - Performer, VI
Art Galliano - Galiano Island
Bill Boyd Ceramics - Galiano Island
Cedar Grove Pottery - Galiano Island
Fisheye Photography - Galiano Island
Flying Frog Studio - Galiano Island
Kenneth Hardy Gallery - Galiano Island
Liliana Kleiner - Galiano Island
Penny Prior's Gallery - Galiano Island
Puddle Lane Blacksmith Shoppe - Galiano Island
Nelly Furtado - Performer, VI
Shera Street Paintings - Galiano Island
Thistledown - Galiano Island

Entertainment

ArtSpring - Performing Arts Centre - Salt Spring Island
Fritz Cinema - First Run Movies, Central Hall, Salt Spring Island
IMAX Victoria
- IMAX Theatre
Movies - What's Playing in Victoria
Star Cinema - First Run Movies, 9842 3rd Street, Sidney, VI
TV Listings - SSI, Pender

Education

Galiano Community School - Galiano Island
Gulf Islands School District
Gulf Islands Secondary School - Salt Spring (All Gulf Islands)

Finance

Bank of Montreal - Bank, Salt Spring
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Bank, Salt Spring
Island Savings - Trust, Salt Spring
Phillips, Hager and North - Financial Services

 

Fitness & Health

Galiano Inn - Inn, Spa, 134 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island
Galiano Massage Therapist
- Galiano Island
Madron del Mar Spa
- Galiano Island
Serenity Massage & Reiki - Galiano Island

Food & Gastronomy


Daystar Market - Grocery, Galiano Island
Marina Grocery & Gifts - Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
Vintage Specialty Wines (Galiano Inn) - Wines & Sprits

Guides

Enchanted Galiano Island
Galiano Chamber of Commerce

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Household Products

Galiano Trading Company - Hardware, Galiano Island

Household Services

All Islands Septic - Septic Services
BC Hydro - Hydro Electric
Gulf Islands Wireless Internet - Wireless ISP
Canada Poste - Canadian Mail Service
Postal Lookup - Westminster - Postal Codes
Telus - Telecommunications

Media


Island Tides - Regional Paper

Public Service

BC Hydro - Hydro Electric
Canada Poste
- Canadian Mail Service
Galiano Volunteer Fire Department
RCMP (Provinicial)
- Law Enforcement
Weather Ganges - Victoria

Real Estate


Royal Lepage - Real Estate, Galiano Island
Sussex Group Gulfport Realty - Real Estate, Galiano Island
Windermere Galiano Island Realty - Real Estate,
Galiano Island

Recreation & Outdoors


Galiano Bicycle Rental and Repair - Galiano Island
Galiano Diving - Galiano Island
Galiano Golf and Country Club - Galiano Island
Galiano Island Kayaking - Galiano Island
Galiano Sea Kayaking - Galiano Island

Restaurants

Atrevica Oceanfront (Galiano Inn) - Galiano Island
Galiano Grand Central - Galiano Island
Harbour Grill Restaurant - Galiano Island
Hummingbird Pub - 47 Sturdies Bay Road, Galiano Island
Woodstone Country Inn - Galiano Island

Shopping


Galiano Island Books - Galiano Island
Windflower Moon - Gifts

Transportation & Travel

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Galiano Island Water Taxi - Galiano
Pacific Coach - Provincial Bus Service, Vancouver Island & Mainland via BC Ferries
Salt Spring Air - Regional Air Service
SEAir Seaplanes - Regional Air Service
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