Last week I wrote about a trip we took a few years ago to Orcas Island, this week I will continue on that theme and write about Galiano Island. Galiano is located in the Gulf Islands at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. This large archipelago includes the San Juan Islands in Washington State, where Orcas Island is located. The stunning scenery and slow pace of the island will draw you in, and you will not want to leave.
After crossing the border at Blaine, WA, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the Tsawwassen Ferry Landing. The crossing takes about 50 minutes and is a beautiful ride. Be sure to make a ferry reservation in advance.
Galiano Island offers a wide range of accommodations including camping, cabins, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. We stayed at the Cliffhouse Cottages which is run by a delightful couple who are warm and welcoming.
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, islands and mountains.
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.
The ladies had hiked to the top of Mt. Galiano that day and encouraged us to give it a try. I hope I’m that spry when I’m in my 80s! This 5.6 kilometer moderately difficult hike, offers spectacular views at the top and an abundance of soaring eagles.
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.
I was amazed by the beauty of the island and took many photos.
There are just a few restaurants on the island, and some are open only seasonally, so be sure to check availability before you go. The Artrevida restaurant at the Galiano Inn offers fine dining in a beautiful setting.
There are art galleries, beaches to explore, hiking trails and many other activities on the island. We were there for three days, which wasn’t enough time to explore this gorgeous place. I hope to return someday when the borders are open again.
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