Last week I wrote about a recent trip we had taken to Orcas Island, this week I will continue on that theme and write about Galiano Island, which is one of the Gulf Islands located at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, Canada. This large archipelago includes the San Juan Islands in Washington State, where Orcas Island is located. The stunning scenery and slow pace of the islands will draw you in, and you will not want to leave.
We visited Galiano Island in May 2017. Once you cross the border at Blaine, WA, it is an approximately 20 minute drive to the Tsawwassen Ferry Landing. The crossing takes about 50 minutes. Be sure to make a ferry reservation.
Galiano Island offers a range of accommodations including cabins, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. We stayed at the CliffHouse Cottages, which is run by a delightful couple who are warm and welcoming. The property is peaceful and quiet, and has a wood fired sauna that looks like a hobbit house.
We stayed at the Treehouse which is cozy and comfortable, and has a nice view of the water. The Cliffhouse which, as the name indicates, is perched right on the cliff and has a beautiful view of the water.
We were invited into the Cliffhouse by some delightful ladies, all in their 80s who were visiting Galiano to do some hiking. We shared a bottle (or two) of wine, and they told us how they escaped Eastern Europe before WWII for Vancouver, BC. They met shortly after arriving in Vancouver, and formed a lifelong friendship. Meeting people and hearing their stories is one of the things I love about travel.
During our stay on the island, we hiked to the top of Mt. Galiano, a 5.6 kilometer moderately difficult hike, that offers spectacular views at the top. There are many eagles to be seen and photographed as well.
The ladies we had met the night before had hiked the trail and encouraged us to do the same. I hope I’m that spry when I’m in my 80s!
Speaking of eagles, we came upon an eagle’s nest while strolling along the beach, and I was able to get a photo of her feeding her eaglet.
There are just a few restaurants on the island, and some are open only seasonally, so be sure to check availability before you go. There are three grocery stores on the island, so don’t worry, you won’t go hungry.
There are art galleries, beaches to explore, hiking trails and many other activities.
Have you been to Galiano Island? If so, please leave a comment below.