Exploring A Hidden Gem On Galiano Island

Each year my sister and I try to explore another island off of the mainland of Vancouver. Last year, we chose Mayne Island to begin this adventure goal. We knew we had to venture over to Galiano Island next when we found out that hidden away on the coast of this beautiful Gulf Island is a mesmerizing sandstone cave.

Galiano has a network of sea caves carved into its soft sandstone. This sandstone cave is situated and easily accessible right along the shoreline at Retreat Cove, and you are able to go in and explore it. Other caves are accessible by kayak.

Mother Nature worked her magic with this cave, eroding the side of the sandstone over centuries, leaving some wonderfully mesmerizing patterns. Today you will find gorgeous smooth curves from the waves wearing down the sandstone. It is truly a sight to behold, with such dreamy scenery to admire from the cave. The wild beauty of Galiano Island was gorgeous.

What we loved about Galiano was how peaceful it was. Though the ferries arriving were full, there never seemed to be more than a few people around us in nature. We were lucky that we had this cave to ourselves for a full hour and then only one other family ventured down for a look. It was a perfect spot to take in the beauty of Galiano, enjoy the magic of British Columbia, and relax in the summer sun. It was so relaxing that we did not want to leave the cave, but there was more exploring to be done.

The sandstone cave was another great reminder of how blessed we are to call British Columbia home, with endless gems around us, waiting for us to discover them.

Take a look at the whimsical cave:

Sandstone cave on Galiano Island
How cool is this erosion result?

Sandstone cave on Galiano Island

Sandstone cave on Galiano Island
Enjoying the gorgeous views
Sandstone cave on Galiano Island
The patterns left over time from erosion were super neat!

Sandstone cave on Galiano Island

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Sandstone cave on Galiano Island

Sandstone cave on Galiano Island

Ocean views from Galiano Island

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Relaxing at a Sandstone cave on Galiano Island
Enjoying the summer sun and the glorious surroundings
Relaxing at a Sandstone cave on Galiano Island
A perfect spot to dip the legs in the water for a nice refresh
Sandstone on Galiano Island
It made us wonder what this cave area will look like years from now!
Ocean views on Galiano Island
How perfect does this look? The best summer day.

Sandstone erosion on Galiano Island

Sandstone on Galiano Island

Succulents on Galiano Island

This particular cave, hidden in Retreat Cove, is located just a short walk from Retreat Cove Road. The cave is located to the left of the pier at the end of the road, along the shoreline.

 

Edit:

We were messaged and told that this cave is on private property and that you are only able to access it if you stay below the high tide mark at all times. We are unsure what the real story is here though, as Tourism Galiano does have it promoted across their website and socials, which is how we found out about it to begin with. There was also no signage around the cave area to indicate to us that we would be on private property by visiting the Instagram famous cave. It should go without saying to always be respectful and treat the cave with care; do not vandalize or leave any garbage behind. Take only photos, leave only footprints.

 

What is a great hidden gem you found this last summer?