Galiano Island is the most unique of the Gulf Islands: it so convenient to the Mainland, that you could visit it on a day trip. But it has so much to offer the visitor, that a longer stay is a must.

With as many activities as larger centres, Galiano provides a full ranges of amenities: just smaller, more one-of-a-kind. There is as much to do on Galiano Island (and its surrounding waters) than other vacation places in British Columbia, but without the crowds or signs of urbanization.

Many world-class artists make their home on the Gulf Islands, and Galiano is no exception. Be sure to combine the outdoor activities with a visit to an artist's studio, the famous Kunamokst Mural, a visit to the spa, and a glass of wine with some live music at a local watering hole. Here are is a sampling of the offerings of this beautiful Gulf Island:

  • Island-hopping - Galiano is the Gateway to the Gulf Islands, with easy first-stop ferry access from Vancouver, and many travel options via inter-island ferries to explore the other islands.
  • Spa - Take time out from all of the outdoor activities and enjoy a spa treatment in the full-service oceanfront Madrona del Mar Spa. Garden treatment rooms, flotation bath, British Columbia natural products and treatments. (1-877-530-3939)

  • Outdoor Massage

  • Art Tour - Take a tour around the island (pick up an Art Tour guide at the Tourism Information Booth or one of the local businesses) and visit the galleries: Insight Gallery, Art and Soul and Galiano Gallery. Many are walking distance from the ferry, in the Village, or a short country walk away, like Kenna Fair's Blackbird Studio. Or take a drive to visit artists in their studio galleries throughout the island. Stoneworld, Marcia de Vicque Glassworks, Cedar Grove Pottery and Bill Boyd Studio are just some of the highlights. Download an Art Map from the Trincomali Arts Group (follow the directions to download a pdf of a map). 
  • Kunamokst Mural Do not miss the chance to see this famous mural, seen on-line at  Mural Mosaic. The collaborative work of over 180 artists created this mural of West Coast sea life. Original works by Robert Bateman, Roy Vickers, Wyland, and many Galiano and British Columbia artists. Daily, at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa.

  • Kunamokst Mural Mosaic

  • Hiking - Explore the best of the west coast with beautiful wooded trails, ridges or beaches. Friendly wildlife abounds, such as Orcas, Bald Eagles, and deer.Very safe island. BC Parks have a great website to help you with navigating parks like Montague Park.

  • Ecotours and Whale watching - The beautiful Orca (killer) whales are at home in the waters off Galiano Island, following the food source (salmon and other fish) in pods through Active Pass. Visit Cormorant colonies and seals and more. Try Gulf Islands Safaris (1-888-656-9878

  • Cycling - Challenge Galiano's famous hills and rent a bicycle from Galiano Bicycles located walking distance from the ferry (250-539-9906)

  • Kayaking - See the islands as they should be seen, from the water: take one of the Gulf Island Kayak tours or rent a kayak (250-539-2442).Explore the islets and inlets, see seabird cliffside colonies and come up close to the seals and whales. Or pack a picnic lunch and paddle to nearby James Bay(Prevost Island), part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

  • Sunset Kayaking
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  • Boating - It does not take any particular skill to rent a boat and manouever the islands: so easy even for the beginner and you will see so much more of the island. Galiano Boat rental (250-539-0233). Explore hidden bays and beaches that are to be found in Trincomali Channel or find a hidden bay for a picnic. A trip to Wallace Island for an afternoon is a must. Charter a special cruise and let the bespoke tour arrangements of Salish Sea Charters create the itinerary for you.

  • Play golf - Galiano Golf and Country Club is a challenging and picture-perfect golf course with an easy attitude. (250-539-5533)

  • Moped - Renting a scooter/moped will allow the island visitor to travel the many back roads and experience the many look out points, beaches and secluded spots. Galiano Moped  (1 250 539 3443 or 1 250 539 0233)

  • Eagles on Galiano Island

  • Wildlife viewing - All the wildlife on Galiano is of the mostly friendly variety (no bears or cougars or wolves here); deer abound in the forests, seals and whales offshore, and the bird life brings birdwatching enthusiasts from around the world (over 150 species of birds have been sighted). It is so easy to watch the variety of marine sea life from the shoreline, and the bird and animal wild life from the many viewpoints and hiking trails.

  • Gardens - The Flores del Iris Gardens are walking distance from the Village and the BC Ferries Dock, small but beautiful at any time of year. Open to visitors daily; at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa.

  • Fishing - Join an authentic fisherman in his troller for a day on the water and bring home your supper (or catch-and-release) Sporades Tours and Fishing (250-539-2278)

  • Sporades Tours Fishing
  • Food - While there should be a separate list on "food" on Galiano, but here are a few highlights: Wood-fired Pizza for summer, and casual fine dining year-round with oceanfront views at "eat" Restaurant at the Galiano Inn; pub food at the Hummingbird Pub open year-round every day; fresh baking and special coffees at the Sturdies Bay Bakery; casual country French cooking at the Berengerie (outdoors in summer); home-cooked breakfasts and lunches at the Grand Central Grill in the Village; Scoops Burger Bar with wraps, burgers and ice cream in the Village (summer); and summer outdoor patio meals at the Golf Course (check out the Nine and Dine) and the Marina's Harbour Grill. Fast food? There are sure to be trailer take-out spots during the summer, like the long-standing Max and Moritz German-Indonesian food.

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  • Music - In summertime especially, Galiano's little pubs and restaurants feature some great music by local and international musicians; try the Galiano Grand Central Grill, "eat@galianoinn" Restaurant or the Hummingbird Pub; the local community hall also hosts classical concerts.

  • Festivals - Galiano Island has a great "small town" feel to it: visitors are welcome at everything from the Galiano Wine Festival (August 13, 2011), to the Arts Weekend (August Long Weekend) to the Blackberry Tea (Autumn).