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Events on Galiano Island

There are lots of fun things happening year-round on Galiano Island and in the Southern Gulf Islands, and of course at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn. Check our "Events Page" often.

Galiano Events at the Inn and Island

What is Happening on Galiano Island and at the Inn?

  • February 1 - 28  Yellowhouse Art Centre Workshops all month long
  • February 2 - Atrevida Restaurant reopens for the season, Wednesday through Sunday
  • February 3 - Robert Burns Celebration at the North Hall
  • February 4 - First Prime Rib Sunday of the Season: join us for Galiano's favourite Sunday night out
  • February 11 - Speaker Series presents Gary Ross
  • February 14 - VALENTINE'S DINNER in Atrevida Restaurant
  • February 16 - Lunar New Year begins: Happy Year of the Dog!
  • February 17 - Galiano Concert Series - Elinor Frey & Luc Beausejour
  • February 23 - 25, 2018 - GALIANO LITERARY FESTIVAL  "THE" Galiano event of the year, at the Inn. The Inn is completely booked for 2018 but there are still Festival Passes available.
  • SUNDAYS: "Mel's Prime Rib Sundaysevery Sunday. An Island classic. Three course prix fixe dinners under $30. Reservations recommended! Opens at 5:00 pm Sundays only.
  • OCEANFRONT DINING:  Atrevida at the Inn is open Wednesday through Sunday  for dining overlooking the water, in a setting of expansive windows, stone and ironwork. Fabulous food, wine, and service.
  • DAILY!  Spa Menu at Madrona del Mar Spa: Couples treatments, Garden treatments
  • BREAKFAST Join us Saturday and Sunday mornings for delicious breakfast 8:30 am - 10 am
  • ART STUDIOS:  Marcia de Vicque Glassworks, Cedar Grove pottery,  Blackbird Gallery, Yellow Art House and others. Open on weekends, or by appointment, in the winter months.

Yellowhouse Art Centre"Yellowhouse Art Centre Workshops" from February 1 - 28

From Print Workshops to Life drawing,  cozy up to your artistic side this February with workshops at the Yellowhouse Art Centre, in the Village, just walking distance from the Inn. 

Workshop dates, times, duration and cost vary. Details available at the Yellowhouse. 
In the Village

Valentine's DayVALENTINE'S DINNER in Atrevida Restaurant


February 14, this Valentine's Day. Take your special sweetheart or a favourite friend out for dinner on the oceanfront. A special three course menu,  fantastic food by Chef Dean Hillier, great service with Amy Laird's team....and delicious wines from which to choose. We love Romance.

Music on Galiano IslandElinor Frey & Luc Beausejour

February 17, 7:30 PM. Have Dinner at Atrevida, then enjoy a fantastic concert at the South Galiano Community Hall nearby. Galiano Concert Society presents an evening with the Cello & Harpsichord Duo, Elinor Frey and Luc Beausejour.   Featured visual artist is Joan Henriques. Tickets ($25) may be purchased at the door.

dining, oceanfront dining, wine, prime rib, American food, Galiano restaurantsMel's Prime Rib Sunday

Every Sunday

On Sunday nights, join visitors and islanders for our popular "Mel's Prime Rib Night", where you will enjoy a price fix dinner with your choice of entrees: fish, vegetarian or, you guessed it, Mel's Prime Rib. Don't miss out. Oceanfront dining at its best. Nightly year round. Three course dinners under $30.

Atrevida restaurant delicious seafood diningDining at Atrevida Restaurant

Galiano's only waterfront casual fine dining restaurant, our award-winning "Atrevida" is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6 pm; last reservation taken at 9 pm (8 pm Sundays). Reservations are advisable. NOTE: Special hours during winter: closed for staff holidays over Christmas (December 19 through 28) and January 2 through February 1, reopening February 2nd.

Chef Dean Hillier creates wonderful dishes, the service staff under Restaurant Manager Amy Laird provide a wonderful atmosphere. 

Brunch, seafood, breakfast, Galiano Island, foodie, Galiano GetawayBreakfast at the Galiano Inn

For a special "morning out" after the night before, join us for breakfast each weekend morning. Your choice of entrees from french toast to our perennial favourite of  Inn-house Granola.

Join us from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. No reservations required except for large groups, to provide the best service.  (Last seating at 10 am).


spa, couples treatments, massage, Galiano Oceanfront Inn, Galiano IslandSpa Open Daily

Madrona del Mar Spa, located at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, is open every day.

See our Spa Menu for fabulous treatments in our spa, or our special "Couples Cottages" in a garden setting... Visitors and Inn guests are welcome. Advance reservations are a must. Many of our treatments are unique in Canada, using all natural ingredients.


Gary Ross Speaker SeriesSpeaker Series ~  Gary Ross

From Director of Digital Marketing at Destination BC to successful corporate speaking engagements on "Ross's Rules", Gary Ross's career has spanned all aspects of the marketing and media worlds. 

At the Library, 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018.


Galiano Island Books, Galiano Island Literary Festival, Lee Trentadue

"BOOK" EARLY - Galiano Literary Festival

February 23 - 25, 2018

"THE" major event of our Winter Season... Widely regarded as one of Canada's best bookstores, with recognition from the Libris Awards in Ottawa to show for it, Galiano Island Books sponsors this amazing Literary Festival...and The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa is proud to be the venue for the Festival! It draws authors and lovers of books to our island every February.  You will have the rare opportunity to meet with the authors "up close and personal", in workshops and readings that are held in rooms with beautiful ocean and garden views: you will be inspired!  THE INN IS SOLD OUT - but there are still Festival Tickets available, and accommodation on the island.

yoga classesYoga Classes

The Inn is very pleased to have teachers of high calibre and experience performing Hatha flow yoga.

Our instructors  provide private yoga classes that are booked through the Spa.  Regular classes weekly. Call the Spa for details at 250-539-3388.


Pirate Regatta Gulf Island Gulf Islands Annual Pirate Regatta

Arggh, Maties...on June 30th, put on your best pirate voice, polish up your peg leg, dig out your bandanas and eye patch and bring your sailboats to the Regatta.


Annual Galiano Island International Wine Galiano International Wine & Beer Festival

Annually in August, it is the biggest event of the summer season. This year it is being held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come and join us for the Galiano Wine Festival – just for the health of it!

 It's a worthwhile cause – to raise funds for our Galiano Island Health Care Centre. The event is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the Inn, the ferry and the Village, to the Lions Park.

 Informal and joyful, the wine and beer festival is an open-air event that is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. And at $45 a ticket, it is great value: unlimited tasting, a crested Riedel crystal wine glass, fresh-made finger food, and entertainment. There’s room to move around, no long waits for the wines and beers/ales you want to taste, plenty of time to talk with the wine merchants, wine makers and beer makers.  


Guests viewing the massive Kunamokst Mural at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn Kunamokst Mural

Galiano Island, British Columbia
Viewing daily

190 different artists + 231 works of art + 1 Mystery = 1 spectacular Kunamokst Mural! The Mural is an incredible, massive mosaic of work designed and orchestrated by Mural Mosaic that was a mystery to the artists until it was unveiled. Join us to view the original at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa and celebrate the Gulf Islands artists of the Mural, displaying their art.


Shop local, market, Galiano Shop, Retail gifts, support local economy"Shop Small, Shop Local" Campaign on Galiano

"Think Local" in your community... and in ours when you come to visit Galiano Island.

The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a great theme of "Shop Small, Shop Local, Dine Local, Enjoy Local" to encourage all of us to enjoy a "flavour of the islands" and help our Communities thrive too.

We have a new Logo, too: it is pretty eye-catching: Look for the very cool signage in the shops


Gulf Island water taxi taking islanders to Salt Spring IslandGulf Island Water Taxi

From September through June, you can travel on Monday through Thursday only, in our "Secret Season" on the Gulf Island Water Taxi. During the school year, our water taxi, the appropriately named "S.S. Scholarship", becomes a school boat, taking children from Galiano to Salt Spring Island. You can join, leaving at 7:20 am, from the dock near the Inn, spend the day on Salt Spring Island, and returning home to Galiano "after school" (as space available).

Saturday Market - Summer

Every Saturday from May through to the October Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Lions Park - walking distance from the Inn. Here you will find multiple local Island farm and artisan's booths selling a variety of fresh picked-that-morning fruits and vegetables. Enjoy fresh baked goods, coffees, arts & crafts, clothing, original jewelry, pottery and flowers. Meet the farmers, artists & bakers. 

Music: The Galiano Concert Series

For the price of the ticket alone in the city, you can enjoy dinner at the Inn, and a concert on Galiano Island. Our season on Galiano each year showcases a wide range of musical talent, from Classical to Jazz.

Book reading, Cookbook, Gulf Islands, Cooking, SeasoningsBook a Brunch

Planned for Fall 2018: you will so be able to "Book" a Brunch: hearing new writers reading from their work. Our very first successful brunch was a new foodie guide to the Gulf Islands when "Seasonings" launched at the Inn featuring Chef Dean's Spring menu. Authors Andrea and David Spalding have created a visual feast of Gulf Island photographs that complement their stories: you can buy a book at Galiano Island Books next door to the Inn.

Planning a Galiano Vacation?

Time your visit with these fun events!


Martinti, blackberry, blackberries, mushrooms, food and wineAnnual Food Celebrations

You might want to "bookmark" these events for next year:
For a taste of the islands, come to Galiano Island for these food-friendly weekends:

Wondering What to do with Stinging Nettles?  Why, eat them of course!  Whether it is Nettle tea at the Sturdies Bay Bakery, or something that the Chef at the Inn will have up his sleeve (ouch!). As well as workshops in nettle picking & cooking. In March each year.
Depending on the nettle season.

Curious about Mushrooms? An Annual, traditional island-style, friendly event. In November,  enjoy the "fruits of the forest" with lunch and educational "tour" of mushrooms at the community hall. Later? Delicious dining at the Inn.

Blackberry Festival: our personal favourite festival. Blackberry Signature martinis at the Inn anyone? Fresh blackberry waffles perhaps? Every October, on Thanksgiving Saturday, we have a local blackberry festival. Come for lunch and blackberry pie at the Blackberry Tea. Join us for a delicious weekend.

Planning a Galiano Vacation? Time your visits for more fun with these events