Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
An extensive series of mostly easy trails are maintained by BC Parks, the Capital Regional District, the Galiano Club, and the Galiano Conservancy Association.
Good news: The trail network will only grow more extensive as initiatives like the North Galiano Parkland Corridor open up private lands and turn the island into a superior hiking destination.
Difficulty levels range from an all-access two-minute stroll to Bluff Park's viewpoint to the challenging climb to the top of Mount Galiano. Galiano Island Books carries Charles Kahn's Hiking The Gulf Islands, the consensus first choice in regional hiking guidebooks.
South End Parks
Family groups can keep watch for killer whales and cruise-ship sized ferries in Active Pass from the picnic table at Bellhouse Provincial Park. There's an easy forest trail at nearby Matthews Point Regional Park, but caution is advised on a final descent to the beach.