History of the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
The Heart of Galiano Island
The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa has been operating as a special place to stay on Galiano Island since the early part of the last century.
Standing proudly in its choice waterfront location, it has long been a prominent island landmark - the first place arriving guests and islanders see when they approach by ferry.
In the 1930’s, an English couple purchased the property, and built a Tudor home, naming it "Dunroamin" a reminder of home in England. The Scoones family, still on Galiano today, owned it for many years, inviting guests to stay at their resort named “Greenways”.
In the early 1950’s, a fire claimed the old Tudor building, leaving only the stone verandah and steps. The owners at that time, Fred and Margaret Robson, built a new home on the site, as well as a fashionable “motor court” that served family and fishing holiday guests for many happy years.
The resort enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremost fishing resorts on the West Coast, when the salmon runs were at their peak.
In 2000, the resort was purchased by new owners, Mel Gibb and Conny Nordin, who began its transformation into the delightful fusion of form and function that welcomes guests today. A passion for perfection and a commitment to walking softly on the land inspired the design, the architecture, and the physical structure of the buildings.
In 2017, new owners fell in love with the property; the style and quality of the buildings and finishings, the obvious love of art and beauty shown in the interiors, and the extensive gardens, which showcase, at every turn, the attention to excellence that is the hallmark of the resort, its past and present owners, and its long-time, dedicated staff.
The earliest settlers on the land planted specimen trees at the turn of the last century, and they still feature on the property: the London plane and the giant Sequoia.
Rock gardens and waterfalls, ponds and garden plantings were all created to enhance the tranquility and beauty of this special spot.
Whether viewed from the oceanfront, from the restaurant, spa or guestrooms, or from a vantage point in one of the many hidden garden spaces...you will find your heart fills with beauty and rest, here in the "Heart of Galiano Island"