Mount Galiano Hike : Dreamy Gulf Island Views

Last Updated on May 6, 2022

Mount Galiano

Mount Galiano is Galiano’s highest point of land at 311 meters above sea level, providing arguably one of the best hikes on Galiano Island. The dreamy scenery atop the Mount Galiano trail included views of Mayne, North Pender, Prevost, and Salt Spring islands, the U.S. San Juan Islands, and the distant mainland Olympic Peninsula mountains. It felt like we could see for miles and miles; it is a view that will leave an impression to last us a lifetime. This is the trail that made us fall in love with Galiano island hiking.

Mount Galiano Trail

The path is well marked, so there is really no getting lost in this 6.8km (return) trail. The first part of the trail is an incline and the last half is pretty flat and easy. It took us 45 minutes to reach the top, stopping to enjoy some natural sights along the way. We were really impressed with how well-maintained and well-marked the trail was.

Sitting in the golden grass, we were also treated to some fantastic ferry spotting opportunities as the ferries carried their passengers in and out of Active Pass. We spent a glorious hour basking in the sunshine as we enjoyed the views, before taking our adventure down.

Light through trees in the forest
The light through the trees before reaching the top was magical! It was as if the forest was announcing what we would witness moments away.

About Galiano Island

Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is just a short-hour ferry ride away from Vancouver. The peace and tranquility of being surrounded by endless opportunities to be in the wilds, without the hordes of crowds, will breathe life into you in a powerful way. We spent a weekend exploring and hiking Galiano while having a fantastic home base at a Rustic Cabin In The Woods.

With its mild climate, beautiful scenery, and friendly community, it’s no wonder that Galiano Island is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure-filled vacation, you will find everything you need on this idyllic island. From hiking and biking to kayaking and tide pooling, and enjoying the stunning coastal views, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

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Dreamy Gulf Island Views

Galiano Island is one of the dreamiest Gulf Islands, offering stunning views in every direction. From the shores of Montague Harbour to the heights of Mount Sopris, there’s always something beautiful to see.

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Sitting in the golden grass enjoying the view of the southern gulf islands
Sitting in the golden grass, enjoying the views

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In addition to dreamy hikes like Mount Galiano, Galiano Island is a great place to enjoy some relaxation and recreation. There are plenty of hiking trails, beaches, and parks to explore. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. So whether you’re looking for incredible views or simply a place to kick back and relax, Galiano Island is sure to please.

Leave No Trace

Remember the importance of “Leave No Trace”; pack out what you pack in and respect nature. This helps to ensure that future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed, too.


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