Local Photo Credit: Sarah L. Tweedale

Getaway Guide: How to Spend One Perfect Day on Galiano Island

Hop on a ferry to Galiano for a day trip that’s a world away.

Galiano Inn (Photo: Greg Eymundson.)
Madrona del Mar spa

9:00 a.m.

Check In: Galiano Inn
Drop your bags in your suite (and clock the patio Jacuzzi for later use), because your first order of business is to hit the resort’s Madrona del Mar spa immediately—a massage out in the oceanfront cabana, all sea breezes and flowy white curtains, is island chill at its indulgent peak.

Montague Harbour Provincial Park (Photo: Sarah L. Tweedale)

10:00 a.m.

Hike: Montague Harbour Provincial Park

The white-shell beaches here date back more than 3,000 years, but they aren’t the only striking feature of this sprawling peninsula park. Take your time hiking the easy Gray Peninsula loop trail, stopping to watch for the 130-plus species of birds that flock here and take a quick dip in the surprisingly warm water that some call the Mediterranean of the North.

The Crane and Robin’s tuna taco (Photo: Joe Malo.)

12:00 p.m.

Lunch: The Crane and Robin

The surf shack vibe of this casual-cool marina restaurant (closed through the winter) draws in plenty of locals, who linger all afternoon on the sunny patio drinking pints of B.C. beer, listening to live music and sharing platters of inventive tacos—curried cauliflower topped with green pea hummus, “herbes de Galiano” ling cod and sockeye salmon with slaw among them.

Cedar Grove Gallery
One of local artist Sandra Dolph’s ceramic pieces.

2:00 p.m.

ShopCedar Grove Gallery

Galiano is lousy with artists for whatever reason, but Sandra Dolph’s personal gallery is a standout. Built within the hollow walls of an ancient cedar tree, the outdoor display is a work of art in itself; the fact that her ceramics, influenced by traditional Japanese pottery and her coastal locale in equal measure, are beautiful too is a bonus.

Pilgrimme (Photo: Evaan Kheraj.)
Pilgrimme (Photo: Evaan Kheraj.)

7:00 p.m.

Feast: Pilgrimme

The hyper-local, hyper-whimsical gourmet restaurant in the woods is a foodie destination (a pilgrimage, if you will) since being named one of enRoute’s Best New Restaurants a few years back. Make a reservation to make sure you get a chance to taste chef Jesse McCleery’s wildly inventive fare: think fermented barley grits with duck egg and beef heart tartare on foraged sea lettuce.

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“Lousy with artists”…you obviously didn’t look very hard. This island with a population of 1100 people is full of artist and studios of all types which is very much support in a lovely way by the locals. We are just updating our website for studio tours for the 2018 season http://www.galianoarttour.com. Maybe next time you come to the island you will get the chance to see just how not lousy we are.


Hi Kenna – we couldn’t agree more! We were using “lousy” with the meaning of “covered or full of”. ie – there are lots of them and that’s awesome. And none of them are “lousy”! Us editors have to try and use those English degrees somewhere 😉


Neal, you might consider writing for your reader and not your word of the day calendar. If the intent is to convey meaning clearly, then Western Living might need to dial back on the English majors.


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