Galiano Island

What is Galiano Island known for?


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and directions to the island highlights. * '''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); * '''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


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feature documentary, ''A Cow at My Table'' (1998), explores contemporary Western attitudes to livestock and meat production. More recently, she served as co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed documentary, ''The Corporation (The Corporation (film))'' (2003), which critically examines large corporations in the modern world. That film won numerous international film awards, including a Genie (Genie Award) for best documentary, an audience award from the Sundance Film Festival


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hours price content A very popular event, held the second Saturday of August each year, the wine festival is a benefit for the island health care centre and is a wonderful way to learn about wines, enjoy local appetizers made by the supporters of the health care society, and relax in the sun (it's all outdoors!). * '''Galiano Fiesta''' - A family friendly event held annually on the August long weekend. A variety of entertainment, food, booths selling local crafts and foods, games


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beautiful beaches, and they vary from the white shell Indian midden at Montague Beach to the warm sands of Morning Beach, to the hidden sandstone pleasures of Coon Bay and the long stretches of small stone beach at Pebble Beach and Cable Bay. Hiking trails are everywhere, and the vantage points atop Mount Galiano, Bodega Ridge and Bluffs Park present spectacular views across the other Gulf Islands, all the way to the mountains of Washington state. Bicycle and mountain biking trails are definitely strenuous, but well worth it. Just ensure that you stock up on water and supplies when leaving the village of Sturdies Bay, or at the Corner Store just 3 kilometers further but still on the South End, as there are no shops or services traveling north on the island. The best way to experience the island is by water: rent a kayak or take a sunset kayak tour, it is so easy in the sheltered waters of the Island and the islets that surround Galiano. Gulf Island Kayaks is experienced with new kayakers or experts, and gears their tours to every level. Or take an eco tour with a gracious Greek Canadian fisherman, Sporades Tours, and visit bird colonies and sea lion rocks and, hopefully, spot the Orca whales for which the island is famous: "j" pod lives in Active Pass, separating Galiano from Mayne Island. While they range great distances following the salmon, they are frequently seen in the Pass. For people wanting to explore the island on land, there is no substitute for doing it the old-fashioned way: by foot. The hiking trails and beaches are endless pleasures to explore, the views incredible and the wildlife all friendly. If you want to travel further afield (literally), rent wheels from Galiano Mopeds or a "Smart Car" from the Galiano Oceanfront Inn. From Bodega Ridge on the north end to Bluffs Park and Mount Galiano and Mathews Park Beach, there is much to explore. For a gentler experience, relax in the Flores del Iris Gardens at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa: waterfalls, fountains and quiet areas to relax. Or take in Bellhouse Park for a picnic, with the whales and boats passing almost within reach. And Galiano is not all about the outdoors...with the many wonderful artists and crafts people on the island ... a studio tour is a "must-see". Do Galiano Island has as many amenities as larger centres, but they are smaller, more one-of-a-kind. There is as much to do on the 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, a visit to the spa, and a glass of wine with some live music at a local watering hole. * '''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 a full-service oceanfront Madrona del Mar Spa '''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 some of the great galleries: Insight Gallery, Art and Soul and Gallery 33. Many are walking distance from the ferry, in the Village. 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. * Commons:Category:Galiano Island


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Air: Gulf Islands destinations ** Galiano Island Montague Harbour (YMF ) ** Mayne Island Miners Bay (YAV ) – Mayne Island Water Aerodrome '''Jennifer Abbott''' (born 28 November 1965) is a Canadian (Canada) director (film director), cinematographer and editor (film editor), best known as a documentary (Documentary film) maker. Her first feature film

feature documentary, ''A Cow at My Table'' (1998), explores contemporary Western attitudes to livestock and meat production. More recently, she served as co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed documentary, ''The Corporation (The Corporation (film))'' (2003), which critically examines large corporations in the modern world. That film won numerous international film awards, including a Genie (Genie Award) for best documentary, an audience award from the Sundance Film Festival


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kayakers or experts, and gears their tours to every level. Or take an eco tour with a gracious Greek Canadian fisherman, Sporades Tours, and visit bird colonies and sea lion rocks and, hopefully, spot the Orca whales for which the island is famous: "j" pod lives in Active Pass, separating Galiano from Mayne Island. While they range great distances following the salmon, they are frequently seen in the Pass. For people wanting to explore the island on land, there is no substitute for doing


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feature documentary, ''A Cow at My Table'' (1998), explores contemporary Western attitudes to livestock and meat production. More recently, she served as co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed documentary, ''The Corporation (The Corporation (film))'' (2003), which critically examines large corporations in the modern world. That film won numerous international film awards, including a Genie (Genie Award) for best documentary, an audience award from the Sundance Film Festival


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Tsawwassen (Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)) on the mainland and Swartz Bay (Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia)) on Vancouver Island. There are numerous inter-island ferries that connect the Gulf Islands. Moorage is available at several public wharves for boat traffic: Sturdies Bay, (walking distance to the Village), Montague Harbour, Whalers Bay and Retreat Cove. Private moorage is available at Montague Harbour Marina and the Galiano Oceanfront Inn (Sturdies Bay) Daily

* Saltspring Air, 1-877-537-9880 Kenmore Air (from Seattle)Harbour Air (from Vancouver) * Pat Bay Air (from Victoria) and residents arriving by boat can certainly find lots of moorage space. Montague Harbour has moorage, a gas dock and some limited facilities. A new dock at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa is available to day users

Rentals Rent a Smart Car (250-539-3388)Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa * Rent a bicycle (250-539-9906) Galiano Bicycle Rentals * Take a Kayak tour or rent a kayak (250-539-2442) Gulf Island Kayaking * Rent a boat (250-539-0233) Galiano Moped and Boat Rentals SUMMER: A new shuttle bus run between Montague Harbour Marina and the ferry, schedules depend on traffic and time. It is best to contact the bus operator at 250-539-2173. Free pick-up from the Marina


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with beautiful beaches that the local islanders call Coon Bay. Here you will find a unique shoreline with artistically sculpted sandstone formations, a sand beach for swimming, tidal pools, and colourful wildflowers and forests that fill this beautiful provincial park. Bluffs Park http: www.gulfislandseh.com galiano bluff.htm is Galiano's oldest wilderness park, established by community subscription in 1948. With 130 hectares, it extends far inland into virgin forest, as well

Bay Village (the Government dock next to the ferry dock) directly into Ganges Village for shopping and the Saturday market. Get around Galiano is the second largest of the Southern Gulf Islands: approximately 27 kilometers long and very narrow. While hiking can take you to many beautiful places on Galiano, it also helps to have a little assistance with transportation. Luckily there are options, if you choose to leave your car behind: * Rent a moped (250-539-0233) Galiano Moped and Boat

) but roadways are narrow with no shoulders, so bicyclists and hikers need to take care. See thumb View From Montague & Georgeson Bay Roads (Image:GalianoIsland_MontagueRd.JPG) Galiano Island is simply beautiful. It is the island that is the most accessible to Vancouver, yet has the most rustic, seemingly untouched places. It is very undeveloped, having had most of its land left as either forest lands or as residential home sites. It is the one island of the Southern Gulf Islands that has


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it the old-fashioned way: by foot. The hiking trails and beaches are endless pleasures to explore, the views incredible and the wildlife all friendly. If you want to travel further afield (literally), rent wheels from Galiano Mopeds or a "Smart Car" from the Galiano Oceanfront Inn. From Bodega Ridge on the north end to Bluffs Park and Mount Galiano and Mathews Park Beach, there is much to explore. For a gentler experience, relax in the Flores del Iris Gardens at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa: waterfalls, fountains and quiet areas to relax. Or take in Bellhouse Park for a picnic, with the whales and boats passing almost within reach. And Galiano is not all about the outdoors...with the many wonderful artists and crafts people on the island ... a studio tour is a "must-see". Do Galiano Island has as many amenities as larger centres, but they are smaller, more one-of-a-kind. There is as much to do on the 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, a visit to the spa, and a glass of wine with some live music at a local watering hole. * '''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 a full-service oceanfront Madrona del Mar Spa '''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 some of the great galleries: Insight Gallery, Art and Soul and Gallery 33. Many are walking distance from the ferry, in the Village. 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. * Commons:Category:Galiano Island

Galiano Island

'''Galiano Island''' is one of the Southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Located on the west side of the Strait of Georgia, it is 27.5 km long, 6 km at its widest point, and 1.6 km across at its narrowest point and is separated from Saltspring Island by Trincomali Channel. On the western side of the island there are a series of sandstone caves. The island is northwest of Mayne Island, northeast of Saltspring Island and southeast of Valdes Island. It is part of the Capital Regional District Electoral Area G (Capital G, British Columbia), and has a population of 1258 inhabitants.

Named after the Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, who explored the area in 1792, although today tourism and the arts are the most common methods of employment.

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