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Island, known for its inviting, easy-going atmosphere and dry climate,
is among the Gulf Island's
most popular stops. Often referred to as the jewel of the Strait of Georgia,
the slender, 19-mile- /30 km-long island is the first stop on the ferry from
British Columbia's mainland.
Named after the 18th century Spanish explorer Dionisio Galiano who sailed
the Strait of Georgia in 1792, Galiano is coveted as a rich ecological
paradise. More than 100 species of birds make their homes on the island,
which has several ecological reserves and parks. To the credit of its 1,000
human residents, the island remains cautiously undeveloped. Commercial
amenities have been kept to a minimum in order to preserve the island's
Of the seven parks on the small island, Montague Harbour Marine Provincial
Park is one of the largest, spanning 219 acres/89 hectares on the west side
of the island. Its shell beaches are particularly popular during the summer.
Dionisio Point Provincial Park, (348 acres/141 hectares) is a favourite
amongst boaters and beachcombers. Other parks and reserves on the island
offer deep wooded trails for hiking and mountain biking, as well as
spectacular vistas of Vancouver Island and the more distant Olympic
Peninsula and San Juan Islands of Washington State.
Despite Galiano's size, the island has something for just about every
interest - including a golf course for those who don't want to put away
their irons. Dining is available at the golf and country club and several
retreats and inns offer accommodations. But unmistakably, it is Galiano's
undeveloped beauty and carefully preserved natural setting that affords it
the distinction as one of the Gulf Island's best kept secrets.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
British Columbia: Including the Alaska Highway, 10th Edition (Moon
Handbooks) by Andrew Hempstead. Find the best places to eat, where to go
skiing and snowboarding, how to get around along with much more through
the unique trip ideas recommended by the author.
British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies by Bill Rae, Author and
Donald Olson, Contributor. This brand-new edition to the Frommer series
takes travelers through all the highlights, including all the best
eco-adventures: whale watching by kayak, sailing a ketch into the worlds
only grizzly bear reserve, and hiking in misty, primordial old-growth
forests and along wilderness beaches.
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