About Galiano Island

Galiano Island lies within the traditional territories of Penelakut, Hwlitsum, and Tsawwassen First Nations, and of other Hul'qumi'num-speaking peoples, on whose land we are guests.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Galiano Island was long inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the Penelakut First Nation as well as other Coast Salish peoples, who used the island as a summer fishing colony. Midden pits at Montague Harbour suggest at least 3,000 years of habitation.

This long narrow island is located on the western edge of the Salish Sea. It is 27.5 km (17.1 mi) in length and 1.6 km (0.99 mi) at its narrowest point.

Mount Galiano is Galiano's highest point, rising 314 m (1,030 ft) above sea level. A hike to the top is rewarded with stunning views over the Gulf Islands, the San Juan Islands and the distant mainland mountains as well.

The west coast of the island overlooking Trincomali Channel is made up of the iconic sandstone formations and caves.

The climate here is classified as warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) under the Köppen climate classification system which is characterized by cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The rain shadow effect of the Olympic and Vancouver Island mountains, and the moderating effects of the ocean results in annual moisture deficit from mid-June to early October.

Articles/Videos About Galiano

How to be a "Rurlalista" or at least Fake It

According to an informal table poll on the boardwalk and patios of several BC gulf island establishments, only 70 percent of newcomers consider themselves rural aficionados or “islanders.” Not treefolk or farm folk-friendly? Are these guys for real? Au contraire. Read more of Howard Breen's article directed at Gulf Island Newbies at theTyee.ca

A Beautiful Video by the Galiano Chamber of Commerce

Canada unplugged: away from it all on Galiano Island

One of the many joys of travelling is that brief period of disorientation immediately after waking in a strange place. However, when I woke one morning in what resembled a bus shelter with eagle-like birds flying below me, it took me longer than normal to get a grip on reality. Read more of Dix Wills' article for The Guardian.

Getaway Guide:

How to Spend One Perfect Day on Galiano Island

Hop on a ferry to Galiano for a day trip that’s a world away.

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Check In: Galiano Inn

Drop your bags in your suite (and clock the patio Jacuzzi for later use), because your first order of business is to hit the resort’s Madrona del Mar spa immediately—a massage out in the oceanfront cabana, all sea breezes and flowy white curtains, is island chill at its indulgent peak. Read more of Stacey McLachlan's article here.

A Sunny Galiano Island Home Circa 2003