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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 Island Events, Current Events, Galiano festivals, music, Canada Day, dining

What is Happening on Galiano Island and at the Inn?

"Drawctober!" on October 6 - 29 

A show of new works by Galiano Island artists. Focusing on 'drawings', the Yellow House Art Centre provides a look at the depth and breadth of art, from Raechel Peters to Rolando Lompitoc and Roksan Kohen.

Meet the artists at the opening 4 pm on October 6th. Open daily 10 to 4 pm. In the Village.

cooking mushrooms at the Mushroom FestivalMushroom Festival 2017

The 17th annual Galiano Naturalists' Mushroom Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 - 5 from 10 am to 4 pm each day, at the South Community Hall.  Mushroom talks and walks 10 am & 2 pm. Mushroom-themed lunch served on Sunday.

There will be artists' and naturalists' displays at the hall throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday there will be presentations and mushroom walks, sampling of mushroom canapés, and a mushroom cooking class. 

Pet RestQ on Galiano IslandRestQ Animal Fund-Raiser

Support animal care while having fun, 7 pm Saturday November 4 at the Galiano Lion's Hall. Old-fashioned Bingo in a small community hall, all for a good cause?

All proceeds go to fund animal rescue work on Galiano Island through the RestQ Animal Sanctuary society.


Remembrance Day Services

Commemorate those who came before us...  in a traditional Remembrance Day Service on November 11th at 10:00 am at the the Lions Community Hall and cenotaph.


Letter-writing Classic Letter-Writing Class

Join the great people at the Loose Leaf Tea and Papery on Madrona Drive , for this one day only class. Re-learn the classic art of letter-writing. Bring your own supplies but better yet, choose from the lovely selection at the Loose Leaf Tea and Papery selection. You can even mail it right away: it is at the post office.

Speakers Series

The Speaker Series at the Library presents Jan Adler on November 12 th.

Peter pan play on Galiano Island"Peter Pan, a Pantomime"

Our community players present a "panto" at the South Community Hall for evening and afternoon performances November 17 - 19 .

Have dinner at the Inn, then join the fun at the Community Hall near by...with lots of audience participation.


"Annual Art show of Miniature ArtIn a Small Way XII"  Art Show

The popular show and sale of miniature works by Galiano Artists runs this year, its 12th year, from November  24 - December 3 . The opening reception is Friday, November 24 from 4 - 8 pm. The show itself runs from November 25 to December 3rd, 11 am to 5 pm daily at "Manzanitaville", in the Village.

Work by Kenna Fair, Bruce Dolsen, Keith Carolson, Jan Fenby and many, many more well-known and established artists, as well as new and emerging artists.



November 25 - Traditional Christmas Craft Fair at the Lions Community Hall: Galiano's largest hall hosts the start of Christmas! With crafts, luncheon, food gifts and more.

December 9 - Get into the spirit with the 'famous' Christmas Fair in North Galiano. It is the 38th Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the North Island Heritage hall. Join them for lunch or sweets. Raffle, crafts

NEW YEAR'S EVE Party Atrevida at the Galiano Oceanfront InnPARTY OF THE YEAR!  NEW YEAR'S EVE!

A truly magical New Year's Eve at Atrevida Restaurant in the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa:

Join us for Dinner and Dancing on the waterfront!

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Enjoy fabulous Dining
10:00 pm - 3:00 am - Celebrate the night with dancing and "the" party of the year!

Always a sold-out event, please book your tickets early.

Reservations 250-539-3388

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 2, reopening February 3rd.

Chef Dean Hillier creates wonderful dishes, the staff 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.

Glass garden room, yoga retreat at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and SpaYoga 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 are in the planning.



Walking Guide to Galiano's Arts & Crafts

Pick up a short guide to a Studio tour at the Inn, or an Arts and Crafts Guide to Galiano. No need to take your car, you can easily walk aboard the ferry and to the Inn & galleries. 

  • Art Shows and Studios
  • Kunamokst Mural

Saturday Market

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. 

Annual Galiano Island International Wine Galiano International Wine & Beer Festival

Annually in August, it is the biggest event of the summer season. 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 our 25th Anniversary of a fun event for 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 Community 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.  


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).


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



Coming in 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 ALWAYS SOLD OUT - "Book" early!

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!). March each year.

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.

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