|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Located just steps from Galiano's finest sand beach, on a lovely sheltered bay with an eastern exposure, this is a wonderful vacation place for everyone in the family. Children play all day on the beach, explore tide pools, or romp in the forest. Exposed at low tide, an extensive sandbar in the center of the bay is great for building castles, examining intertidal life, or swimming in the shallow water. Adults relax on the beach, or in a hammock or chaise lounge. As in all of Canada, the shore is public land below the high water line. Activities will take you to the hiking trails in the forests, along the shore or up to the scenic ridges of the island. If you arrive by boat, we have a mooring buoy in the bay or government docks nearby.
Located on six private acres of mature cedar, Douglas fir forest, the house itself is set in a grove of alder trees along the shoreline. Dozens of songbirds, and hummingbirds, visit our bird feeders each day, while Bald Eagles perch in the trees overlooking the bay, the Great Blue Heron stalks its meals on the water's edge, cormorants, kingfishers, ravens, otters, and harbour seals can be seen in and around the bay. To the east beyond the bay are smaller islands, seen against a spectacular panorama of the southern Strait of Georgia, with Mount Baker, and the Coast Range of mountains as backdrop.
Our custom-built home,completed in 2004, has three bedrooms on the ground floor, each with full en-suite bathroom. There are two queen-size bedrooms and one bedroom with either two twins or a king-size bed. French doors open from each room onto the red-brick porches. The attractive decor is highlighted by our collection of original art. Our well-equipped kitchen opens onto the living and dining areas at the front of the house, looking over the beach and bay. Double French doors open onto the covered front porch, a great place to eat meals or relax just 25 feet from the shore. Only the ground floor is included in the accommodation. Upstairs is the owner's private area, studio space.
Get up early for an incomparable sunrise, see the sunset from a nearby point of land or, if the timing is right, the moon rise over the water is very special.
Galiano Island is 15 miles long and about a mile or so wide so we have over 30 miles of shoreline to explore and several Provincial and local parks that preserve the forest and adjoining shore and ridge tops. Our full-time population of about 1000 grows moderately in the summer. We have restaurants for fine dining as well as casual cafes and a very nice bakery. There are two groceries, a market, gas station, and post office, but no bank or pharmacy; though there are three generic ATMs. It is important to reserve ferry travel early!
Galiano is a rural community with a very small village and has been able to retain its natural forest and shoreline, even though we are located only about one and a half hours from major cities. British Columbia's Gulf Islands are a world apart.
Fall, winter and spring bring special beauty to the bay. Flocks of sea ducks, gulls and water birds arrive in October and stay until spring. Harbour seals, mink and otters are more frequent visitors. The sunrise is not so early as in the summer but at at a time for all to enjoy the red skies over the Cascade Range and Mt.Baker. If you happen on a seasonal windy day, the pounding surf and breakers on the rocks are gorgeous. The forest is at its best when the moisture is higher than the dry summer months. The moss glows green. The island life is quieter, peaceful but the community events, to which you are welcome, are more common; from the Fall Harvest Community dinner Mushroom Festival, to a series of Christmas Craft Fairs and Nettlefest in the spring.
When staying here, it is important to remember we are on a well and septic system. Be conscious of water use and nothing into the toilets but TP.
Extreme caution is needed in these dry summers in regards to fire. The rating system is posted on the fridge and there are signs on the roadways. There will be no open fires allowed this summer on the island or most of BC. Cigarettes need care in disposal.
Please keep sound level appropriate to living in a neighbour hood location.
Keywords: beach, House, waterfront, sandy beach, family home, quiet, sunny, special rates, summer, dogs, children, forest
We stayed for a long weekend, our group had 4 adults and 3 kids. This was the perfect spot!
We all spent hours on the gorgeous sandy beach, just a few steps in front of the house. The water was warm enough for the little ones to swim and we even spotted seals, bald eagles and many many star fish.
The spacious yard overlooks the ocean as well and offers an amazing view of mount baker. The kids had tons of space to run around.
The house was spacious and relaxing, we felt right at home. The kitchen is well stocked and so easy to cook in. We loved the views from the kitchen, dining room, and living room
Each of the 3 bedrooms has its own bathroom which was a huge bonus
Our host, Libby, was friendly and accommodating ensuring we had the best possible stay.
We couldn't have had a better experience. Can't wait to come back!
We had a great time! It can't get any better than this. Thanks so much. Will be back
Libby offered us an outstanding home and experience on Galiano Island. The house is situated on a protected cove, with a beautiful view back to the mainland. We could easy trek out onto the water, and even had the thrill of seeing orcas. The house is well-appointed, allowing us to easily prepare meals for our group of hungry adventurers. Readily reached from island amenities. We are coming back!
What a fantastic spot! Beautiful beach just steps away! We had 3 adults and 3 kids and everyone enjoyed this place to the max. The house is very comfortable and the patio overlooking the beach is divine! We spent hours there alone and on the beach. All I can say is that 2 nights was not close to enough.
We just came back from a wonderful stay at this property. We loved it! The host was wonderful, helpful and friendly. The house was absolutely wonderful-the pictures do not do it justice. The kitchen was better stocked than my own kitchen. We love it! We went with 3 kids and it was just perfect. Our kids played happily on the beach for hours while we sat and relaxed. What a perfect weekend away. Thank you!
We escaped for a week in August to this wonderful hideaway on Galiano with our two sons and our lively labrador retriever. It was the most beautiful location on the island with spectacular views over a beautiful sandy beach. Our boys (ages 10 and 12) had a great time in the water (I don't think they wore shoes for a week) and our dog was in heaven chasing balls into the surf all day long. We loved exploring the shoreline, expecially when the tide went way out.
The house was clean and casual which was perfect for kicking back. We found everything we needed in the kitchen so we didn't need to go out for meals. It was a perfect hideaway. All the windows in the front room made it feel like you were outside in the garden.
The stores on Galiano are pretty limited (except for local vegetables) so I recommend bringing over most of your provisions. We shopped at the Saturday market (and the fish guy sells at the dock on Saturday too) and everyday we dropped by the bakery for fresh, yummy treats.
We used the WIFI (my kids go into withdrawals without it) and we didn't miss not having TV. We brought boardgames and the lawn was great for playing bocce. I can't recommend any island places or activities because we were so content we just stayed put for the week!
Rentals available on the island: kayaks; power boats, bicycles.
Saturdays take a beautiful ride on the water taxi to Salt Spring island for the great Arts, Crafts and Farmers market..
Whale Watch boat from Salt Spring will pick you up on Galiano, Montague Harbour.
Minimum Rental Periods- Summer - 7 nights, Holiday Long Weekends - 3 nights, Other dates - 2 nights.
Rates are based on 3 bedroom use. Some rate reduction in off-peak-season for use of 1 bedroom only.
Shorter stays sometimes possible at a higher nightly rate.
We do charge for children to stay the same rate as an adult. If the child is very small and a travel bed is brought, there is a reduced rate, depending on circumstances.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.