cycle hiking Galiano Island

Cycle hiking the Gulf Islands – trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Galeano Island is 27.5 km long, 6 km at its widest point, and 1.6 km across at its narrowest point …

… population of 1258 inhabitants. …

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Seeing a campground an hour out from the ferry landing at Sturdies Bay, I went to check out Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park.

Nice setup. But the cost was $25 / site for up to 4 people. I prefer the pricing model $10 / person.

So I turned my bike around and wild camped nearby.

In the morning I packed up early and rode back to the campground to make coffee. There’s a good hike there called the Gray Peninsula Trail. About 2km.

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I cycled on to the Pebble Beach hike trailhead. Breakfast was cold pizza on this bench.

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You reach the coast at Cable Bay. Then saunter over to Pebble Beach.

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On a trail map it looked like I could cycle a mountain bike trail to Laughlin lake, the largest body of water on Galiano. That’s a bit risky on a hybrid bike. Happily, it worked.

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Here I was confused. My 3 different maps disagreed on whether or not Bodega Beach Drive went through to the end of the island. I found one direction dead ended. But the other direction finished at a “private road”.

What the heck? I slid my bike under this barrier. And continued.

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Surprise surprise. I ended up where I had wanted to go all along – Dionisio Point Provincial Park. Named after a Spanish explorer.

This time I needed to lift my (very heavy) bike over a barrier.

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Seems ownership of that now private road is in dispute.

Dionisio Point Provincial Park … features rocky headlands flanked by sandy beaches and picturesque bays. Overlooking Porlier Pass, this park is accessible by boat only and provides opportunities for walk-in camping, fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife viewing and scuba diving. …

The highlight of Galiano, for me.

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I walked around Dionisio Point as it was low tide.

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Turkey Vulture

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Four guys in this boat arrived for a picnic. Boat and kayak are the best ways to get to Dionisio.

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I returned via the dead end Bodega Beach Drive seeing only 2 vehicles in 3 hours. An ideal place to cycle.

The best hike on the island was yet to come – Bodega Ridge.

Bodega started much like any other hike, a welcoming soft temperate rain forest trail.

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The fun starts when you get up on the ridge. A steep drop with marvellous views.

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Galiano was a hard day for me. I could barely keep my eyes open on the ferry to Pender.

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I’d like to return one day. Kayak to camp at Dionisio. And climb Mt Galiano, the highest point on the island.

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