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On Galiano Island, we have excellent Salmon and Cod fishing.

Scuba diving is a favorite local sport and these waters are teeming with rich marine life.

The beach across from the cabin is a marine protected area.

You can hike along miles of forest trails like Bodega Ridge or beach comb the many beaches the island has along their rocky shores.

There are delightful sandy beaches where you can picnic and safely swim.

At the south end of the island is Galiano Gulf Course and Country Club. It is a beautiful nine hole course. The club house has the usual amenities. Green fees are nominal and all visitors are welcome.

Also on the island, there is:

  • Fine & Casual Dining
  • 9 Hole Golf Course
  • Great Whale & Eagle Watching
  • Boat & Moped Rentals
  • Kayaking
  • Diving


Madrona Lodge has its own beach across the road from the cabins. In addition, there are many small beaches that are shown on maps or that we can tell you about. Our beach is suitable for launching a kayak or canoe and diving or snorkeling


The climate on Galiano Island is different than in Vancouver or Vancouver Island. There is less rainfall during the year and in the summer time the conditions are mostly warm and dry. All Galiano residents use wells, so we all try to conserve water during the hot summer months. Open fires are not permitted on any of the Gulf Islands from April 1st to October 15th.

Shops & Restaurants

All of the stores are located near Sturdies Bay at the south end of the island including:

  • two grocery stores
  • market with excellent fresh produce available and a limited selection of meat
  • pub and several small restaurants for an evening out
  • gas station
  • ferry terminal
  • ATM cash machines (no banks on the island)
  • Fresh fish is sold at the marina during the summer weekends. During the summer months, there is a outdoor Saturday market

Internet Access

There is free internet access at the school during the week and weekends (set times) that are posted in the monthly island newspaper (The Active Page). Sturdies Bay Bakery Cafe and Hummingbird Pub has Wifi Internet access.


The island is very natural & quiet. Madrona lodge has one of the best spots on island for diving, snorking, and hiking.

Galiano also has for your pleasure:

  • mountain bike, moped & kayak rentals
  • sailing charters
  • 9 hole golf course
  • art galleries
  • craft fairs

Or simply, just sit back and relax on the deck of your cabin.

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