Wake up bright and early to catch the sun rising over the ocean. Enjoy your breakfast on the beach, listening to the sounds of birds chirping as they welcome another day. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot a ferry passing by. But what’s an even greater attraction is the abundance of birds and marine wildlife you’ll find here, and the chance to watch the sunrise from the beach at Ruckle Provincial Park.
With bellies full and camp all packed up, it’s time to hit the water for the 15-kilometre journey to Galiano Island. Head northwest to Yeo Point, then straight north to Prevost Island, the perfect midway point for a midday snack.
For lunch, make a short stop at the rest area at James Bay on Prevost Island and have a quick picnic on the beach. This rest stop is right in the middle of the two islands, so it’s a great place to rest your arms for a little while before continuing on. When you’re ready, slide back into your kayak and continue heading northeast, but stick close to the beach until you’re around Peile Point. This is an active passage with two ferry routes, so it’s a good idea to wait until you have good visibility before venturing out into the crossing.
From here, you have a choice in where you’d like to stay on Galiano. If you’re camping and don’t need any supplies, you can head to Montague Provincial Campground. The sheltered waters offer a peaceful location to set up camp, but there is a large raccoon population so you’ll want to securely store all food inside your kayaks when you’re not using it. If you’re in the mood for a warm meal, you can head over to The Crane and Robin Restaurant at Montague Harbour, where you can savour a salad bowl or fish tacos made primarily from local ingredients.
Alternatively, if you prefer to have a few more amenities close at hand, you can head east around the island to Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa for a relaxing overnight stay in their coastal accommodations. The Inn has smart cars available for rent, so getting out to see more of the island couldn’t be easier. Wine and dine that evening in Atrevida Restaurant and visit Madrona del Mar Spa for a rejuvenating massage or facial.
Before leaving Galiano, you’ll want to ensure you’re fully stocked for the next few days, as you won’t encounter any services or places to eat until your arrival on Gabriola.
Top photo: Ben Giesbrecht
Bottom photo: Destination BC/Reuben Krabbe.