Hiking The Bodega Ridge Trail

Last Updated on June 18, 2022

One of our highlights of Galiano Island, in British Columbia’s southern Gulf Islands, were the hiking trails. We loved the great viewpoints, variety of terrain, and good trails. One of our favorite hikes was the Bodega Ridge Trail in Bodega Ridge Provincial Park.

If you’re looking for a great hike on an amazing piece of nature, look no further than the Bodega Ridge Trail on Galiano Island. The hike is moderate in difficulty, but the stunning views make it well worth it. You’ll get to see some of the best that British Columbia has to offer, from forests and hills to the coastline.  So lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Bodega Ridge Hike
Even on a sunny summer day, the hike was not too hot. The trees gave such great shelter.

Bodega Ridge Hike

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The Bodega Ridge Trail

The Bodega Ridge Trail is a must-do when visiting Galiano Island. The trailhead is located at the end of Bodega Ridge Road and is clearly marked. The trail is well-maintained and relatively easy to follow. It winds through a dense forest of Douglas fir and Western red cedar, providing ample shade on hot days. After about 45 minutes of walking, the trail opens up along the cliff edge to stunning views of the Trincomali Channel, the mountains of Vancouver Island, and the Strait of Georgia.. The Bodega Ridge Trail is a perfect way to experience the beauty of Galiano Island.

The Bodega Ridge Hike is a 4km ridge rising 328 meters above sea level.

It is possible to go to Galiano to hike this as a day trip, but we found that staying a couple of nights on Galiano Island was the way to go. We were able to do a “major” hike each day and were really able to take the time to soak it all in.

Bodega Ridge Hike
A perfect spot to relax in the sunshine.

Beware Of Drop-Offs

Be careful as you walk around the ridge. There are some drop-offs, loose rocks, and slippery slopes along the trail.

Drop-offs can occur when the trail edges have eroded away, leaving a sharp drop-off. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to misstep and end up tumbling down the slope. In addition to being dangerous, drop-offs can also be very difficult to get out of once you’ve fallen in. For these reasons, it’s best to stay away from areas with drop-offs whenever possible.

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Bodega Ridge Hike
The views were incredible. It was also a perfect blue sky day full of sunshine.

How To Find The Trailhead

From the Sturdies Bay ferry terminal on Galiano, follow Porlier Pass Road for 19 km. Once you pass Retreat Cove, turn right onto Cottage Way. You’ll drive up a road of switchbacks, and feel that you’re driving through a neighborhood. Don’t worry, you are in the right place! You’ll eventually reach a dead end on Cottage Way. The Bodega Ridge Trail starts at the Bodega Ridge Nature Trail sign at the end of Cottage Way.


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