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GETTING HERE

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InTheBluff – Galiano Island’s Oceanside Log House is located just three kilometres from the Sturdies Bay ferry dock. It will take about five minutes to drive there, less than half hour to walk.

After disembarking the ferry, continue along Sturdies Bay Road past the ‘downtown’ shops and cafes, not to mention Galiano’s only gas station (with convenience store and liquor corner).

Within 1/2 kilometre, the road slopes down toward Whaler Bay – at the bottom turn left onto Burrill Road.  You will wind past St. Margaret’s Church, Galiano’s Health Centre, the Saturday Farmer’s Market (summer months) which is next to the Lions Hall, the Thrift Store and Skateboard Park, before making a sharp right turn and becoming Bluff Road.

Within a very short distance you will then turn left onto Mary Ann Point Road, sometimes marked as Mary Ann Rd. This is a quiet non-through road that ends with a shore access for views of Active Pass and back toward the Georgia Strait – wonderful for orca watching! Just before it ends, you will see InTheBluff’s driveway on the right marked “350” and featuring a large log arch. It is a long (1/2 km) driveway the eventually winds to the log house.

Local Services & Fun​

To get an idea of services and places to visit on Galiano, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 250-539-2233 and check out their website at galianoisland.com.  Just a few are noted below:

  • While InTheBluff is the perfect place to get away from it all, and the hiking is near-endless right on and from the property, Galiano Island also has an abundance to offer should you wish to emerge from our bluff of garry oak, fir, cedar and arbutus trees. From quality dining out at the fabulous Galiano Inn, pilgrimme, Woodstone Inn,  The Crane and Robin (deck above Montague Marina),  and Babes in the Woods to 9 holes of Golf at the Galiano Golf & Country Club to kayak/moped rentals from Montague Harbour, to name just a few. 

  • Galiano artisans are second to none and Gallery hoping is always a pleasure and you never know what treasure you might end up with.

  • Provisions are available both down by the Sturdies Bay ferry dock where the Galiano “garage” isn’t just a gas bar but also has a store complete with wine & beer corner and uptown (3 kilometres up Sturdies Bay Road from the ferry dock) where there is the Daystar organic market, Corner Store (also with a wine & beer corner) and the infamous Hummingbird Pub (known for its regular bus service to and from Montague Harbour Provincial Park campground).

  • There are no banks on the Island but there are ATM machines, including at the Galiano Garage, the Corner Store and the Hummingbird Pub.

  • Be sure to drop by the Galiano Inn (past bookstore, near ferry dock) to see the Kunamokst Mural Mosaic in the lobby. In addition to the Inn and the wonderful Galiano Island Bookstore, a few other places on Galiano you won’t want to miss include and the Bakery between the bookstore and garage and the Art and Soul Craft Gallery located in "the mall" across from Babes in the Woods restaurant.  

  • Other ‘must see’ island retail experiences include Ixchel Craft shop next to the Corner Store and the Galiano Island Soap Works (galianoislandsoapworks.com) located at Trincomali Farms (trincomalifarms.com), at the intersection of Georgeson Bay Road and Montague Road and just across from the new location of Scoops Cafe. 

 

Even More Things To Do

  • Power boat and moped rentals (from marina) can be found at 1-877-303-3546, locally at 250-539-3443, 250-539-0234 or, galianoadventures.com

  • Kayak rental and tour info are at 250-539-2442 or seakayak.ca

  • Galiano Golf & Country Club, locally at 250-539-5533 or at: golfgaliano.com

  • Gulf Island’s Marine Safari (whale watching, etc.). For info call 1-888-656-9878 or at: gulfislandssafari.com

  • Salish Sea Charters (fishing, etc.). For info call 1-604-518-8946 or at: salishseacharters.com

Time to Explore (bring good walking shoes!)

  • When you are venturing to more northerly sections of the island, be sure to visit Marcia DeVicque GlassWorks and Sandra Dolph’s Cedar Grove Pottery on Porlier Pass Road less than half way up the island. Opposite Marcia’s glass gallery, turn left onto Ganner Road to check out Bill Boyd’s ceramic gallery on your immediate right.

  • Please refer to the annually published Galiano Art Guide Map for even more gallery options.

  • Just a few of the other island highlights include:

  • Mount Galiano – highest point on the island and boasting spectacular views to the south. Hike the trails (Matthews Point Regional Park & the Bluffs) right from InTheBluff or drive through the Bluff and start the almost hour hike (one way)  from one of three places – Lord Park up Morgan Road, Park Place next to the Works Yard on Georgeson Bay Road (near Bluff Road) or from the parking lot off Active Pass Drive (just before the island cemetery)

  • the island’s cemetery – a must see with lots of history and character (end of Active Pass Drive and directly opposite Collinson Reef at the southwesterly ‘mouth’ of Active Pass, which is often covered with harbour seals when the tide is out)

  •  Charcoal pit originally constructed by the island’s Japanese population in the early 20th Century (hike from InTheBluff – through Matthews Point Regional Park and the Bluffs) or drive and park on Georgeson Bay Road near Active Pass and walk up Highland Road – it’s steep and there is no parking up top. Toward the top of the hill, there is a marked trail off to the right that will take you through the ferns to the charcoal pit as well as into Bluff Park.

  • Montague Harbour Provincial Park (check out the marina with store & the wonder Crane and Robin outside (deck) restaurant and then drive through the campground and park next to the boat launch to stroll the shell beaches and the trail around Gray Peninsula, excellent sunset location)

  • Bellhouse Provincial Park (look out to the strait and Active Pass – more whale & eagle watching)

  • Morning Beach (parking lot right off Ellis Road, past Harper Road – fabulous summer swimming, excellent for kids)

  • Galiano hikers really enjoy the Tapovan Sri Chinmoy Peace Park. It is situated off Porlier Pass Road just north of Montague Harbour and offers a stunning ridge hike, views and trails that cross the island to the eastern shoreline. Check out its ‘wind chime’ loop. For information including trail map, see tapovan.ca.

  • A short distance further north from the Peace Park is the Galiano Conservancy Learning Centre property which also has hiking trails. Their driveway is to the left off Porlier Pass Road and the parking area has an information kiosk.

  • Retreat Cove (sandstone cave photo op – through gate on the left just before the government dock)

  • Pebble Beach & Cable Bay (forest and sandstone shoreline hike with summer swimming)

  • Bodega Ridge (start at the top of Cottage Way and walk the ridge with fabulous westerly views).