With Galiano Island being the first stop on the BC Ferries route to the islands, the trip is only 50 minutes. In the quiet season, there are just two ferries a day from Tsawwassen, and in the busier summer months, there may be up to 4 sailings a day.
Current schedules are available online, at BC Ferries or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779). If you traveling with a car, reservations are recommended and there is no additional charge for reserving on the Gulf Islands Route. During the peak summer months it may be advisable to reserve as a foot passenger as well. Reservations are only available for the Tsawwassen to Galiano Route, not from Victoria (Swartz Bay).
Parking is available If you want to leave your car behind and travel as a foot passenger. The island is very long and narrow, so keep in mind that with a car, you can explore, and stay, at places further from the ferry terminal.
This page has everything you need to know about traveling to Galiano Island, and how best to get around it once you are here.
Of all of the Gulf Islands, Galiano Island is the island that is the closest and most convenient to Vancouver and to the U.S. border. It is the first ferry stop on most of the routes from Vancouver (Tsawwassen terminal), has easy floatplane access, and docks for boaters.