Your tour starts at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island where you take the ferry to Galiano Island, named for the Spanish sea captain who explored the surrounding waters in
1792. Galiano Island is home to more than 130 species of birds and a
haven for naturalists. Explore some of the island before arriving at
tonight's accommodation, where you settle in for two nights.
Today's walk takes you to three great viewpoints. Climb up Mount Galiano
where there's a wonderful view of Active Pass and the southern Gulf
Islands. Head into Bluffs Park, where you hike amongst cedars and ferns
to the top of the bluff, where there are stunning views of Prevost
Island and the south face of Mount Galiano. From Galiano Cemetery you'll
see seals sunning themselves on their private island. 12 km.
You have many options today. You could walk or ride on Galiano Island or
go to Mayne Island, the
smallest of the inhabited southern Gulf Islands, for a day trip. On
Mayne Island explore Miners Bay and learn about the history of the area
in the museum, which was once the jail. Bike along meandering roads to
tree-lined shores, picnic at Georgina Point Lighthouse, which has
overlooked Active Pass since 1885, and watch seals and Orcas gambol in
the waves while seabirds glide overhead. Take some time to hike through
the forests of Mount Parke Regional Park, the highest point on the
island. Enjoy a whole new perspective of the islands as you take to the
sea in your kayak. You'll receive everything you need at Blue Vista
Resort, including a lesson to get you started and a guide, who'll
accompany you today. Paddle to Winter Cover Marine Provincial Park, once
a quarry and now meadows and wetlands sheltering migratory waterbirds.
Head into Boot Cove below steep hills descending to the water and arrive
at Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, which will be your home for the
next two nights.
Start with a transfer to the end of Narvaez Road, where today's walk begins. Follow old logging roads and goat trails to the top of Mount Warburton Pike, then descend to the Saturna Winery, in a spectacular setting near the water, and the pebbly beach at Thomson Park. Then it's back to you comfortable hotel or B&B for a relaxing evening.
Catch a ferry back to the mainland, where you depart for home or set off on a new adventure.
"We were in Gulf Islands Heaven! … [the area managers] were wonderful - very accommodating and helpful - and our kayaking experience was superior."
- Janie, California