A trip by water to GALIANO ISLAND - the Gem of the Southern Gulf Islands - begins either in Tsawwassen, on the mainland, or Swartz Bay, a short distance from Victoria on Vancouver Island.
GALIANO ISLAND is approximately half way between both ferry terminals, Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. The trip from Tsawwassen takes 50 minutes while the trip from Swartz Bay takes approximately 2 hours because of a stop and 30 minute stop over at Village Bay on Mayne Island. Visitors are advised to contact BC Ferries at 1 888 BCFERRY or www.bcferry.com for sailing times and to make reservations from Tsawwassen, especially during the high tourist season (June-September) and holiday weekends.
Ferries arrive from the mainland ONCE in the morning and ONCE in the evening, whereas there are 4 sailings from Swartz Bay to Galiano Island daily.
Travellers may consider travelling by float plane….a great opportunity to view the Southern Gulf Islands on your way to a relaxing holiday