Galiano Island is simply the best of British Columbia's beautiful west coast. We will help you explore "our" island and create the most amazing experiences & memories
Whale-watching and Eco Tours
Watch whales right from the Inn! Or walk to nearby Active Pass viewpoints such as Bellhouse Park. We can help you arrange a boat tour, to view the wildlife up close, whether a cliff side cormorant colony or seals on rocks in the channel.
Kayaking crystal clear protected waters
Kayak tours and rentals are available through Gulf Islands Kayaking (250 539 2442). They specialize in introducing beginners to sea kayaking. Trincomali Channel is known as the ideal paddling area on the West Coast… a long tract of calm, protected water. Sea life abounds: bald eagles, sea otters, cormorants, orca whales.
We would be remiss if we did not include spa time in Madrona del Mar as part of "the" activities on the island. From massages by a waterfall to flotation therapy and vichy shower body masques. Madrona del Mar Spa is open daily. Click here for more information or request a menu. 250-539-3388
Hiking to the top of our world is easy
Hike to the top of Mount Galiano and see the Gulf Islands spread out before you, with views from the Olympic Peninsula to Vancouver Island. Or walk to Pebble Beach overlooking the Strait of Georgia, where you may discover a petroglyph and beavers busy felling trees.
Golf at our "PLGCA" rated course
Minutes from the Inn, the Galiano Golf and Country Club is a challenging and beautiful nine hole, 1,936 yard course, lush fairways, manicured greens. It is a PLGCA rated course ("Prettiest little golf course anywhere"). Deer and eagles are your gallery, the natural beauty of Galiano surrounds.
Touring the Island with a Smart Car
Rent one of the Inns' Mercedes "Smart Cars" and explore beaches and trails and hidden corners, tour artisan studios in their forested homes. Our Smart Car rental rates are as follows: INN GUESTS: 1/2 day (4 hours) $45; full day (8 hours) $80; 24 hours $120. OTHER VISITORS: 1/2 day (4 hours) $85; full day (8 hours) $120; 24 hours $160. Please note that regulatory taxes will be applied to the rental rates.
Bicycling is challenging on Galiano, but rewarding. Be mindful of the roads, as our country roads are narrow, without shoulders. And all the hills are not just "up"
A spectacular location in the corridor flight path of many migratory birds, Galiano is a bird watchers’ paradise. Upwards of 130 bird species are in area surrounded by both Active Pass and Porlier Pass, two of Canada’s identified Important Bird Areas.
Wildlife viewing and photography
Whether you are hiking, kayaking, walking, boating or even golfing on the island, you are certain to see some of the abundant wildlife (all friendly). Sea otters, seals, deer, orcas, all make Galiano their home.
Boating, Sailing, Scuba-diving
In our protected island waters, it is easy for anyone to get out on the water. Novices to experts...you can charter a small craft, go out on a sailing trip or discover the best scuba-diving on the West Coast. The waters are exceptionally clear and clean, and the strong currents and mild waters provide a variety and abundance of marine life that will delight.
Artist Studio Tours
Artist Studio Tours are possible year-round. Starting with the Kunamokst Mural in the lobby of the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa and the ongoing art exhibits in Atrevida Restaurant and Dining Room, on to the Yellow House Arts Centre just up the street from us, Marcia de Vicque's glassworks, Sandra Dolph's or Ilana Fonariov's pottery to Patti Moreland's wonderful and whimsical textile creations at Crooked Duck Farm and Studio. Consult the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council's website to find out how to connect with our wonderful island artists!