Nearby Parks and Trails

From Sturdies Bay to Dionesio Park, Galiano offers a great range of hiking options.  Beach walks, forest trails and mountain hikes abound. 

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South Galiano trails near us

 

Driftwood Village is walking distance to six Shore Access Points, including sandy and rocky shores, forest trails, and soaring cliffs. You’ll find those six points on the map below, including the approximate walking time (one way) from Driftwood.  Pictures and descriptions below the map outline the Shore Access Point numbers and offer a brief description of each location.

Hard copies of all maps available at the Driftwood office.

 

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Bellhouse Park
(1) Bellhouse Park – A 20 minute walk from Driftwood Village, Bellhouse Park offers lovely sandstone approaches to the ocean, a walking trail and information about the Active Pass Important Bird designation.Park
Scorpion Beach
(2) Scorpion Beach – Shore Access # 10, 20 minute walk. Follow Burrill Road to Jack Road, then turn right on Farmhouse Road. A short, easy path leads to stone stairs and the sandy beach.
Arbutus Point
(3)  Arbutus Point Road – Shore Access #11.  8 minute walk to short open path, easy walk to rocky shore.
Mary Ann Point
(4) Mary Ann Point – Shore Access #14; new access.  The perfect 20 minute dog walk from Driftwood! Follow the quiet country road to the cedar path on the left.  Steep shoreline to ocean, no water access but a lovely place to watch Active Pass go by!
Trailhead to Matthews Point
(5)  Matthews Point – Shore Access # 15, 10 minute walk through the forest to summit; 15 to sandy beach via steep trail.  This is the “secret beach’ you can see from the ferry coming through Active Pass, a quiet oasis of white sand and marine life.  Though it can be tempting to swim here, tides and currents are constantly “active” and swimming is discouraged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(6) Bluff Park. Though this is a 20-minute uphill walk from Driftwood, the workout and the lookout are worth it! The view over Active Pass, Trincomali Channel and the Southern Gulf Islands is that 'picture postcard' vista. Trails from here lead down towards the shore, and throughout the Park.
(6) Bluff Park. Though this is a 20-minute uphill walk from Driftwood, the workout and the lookout are worth it! The view over Active Pass, Trincomali Channel and the Southern Gulf Islands is that ‘picture postcard’ vista. Trails from here lead down towards the shore, and throughout the Park.

 

Cycling on Galiano

From the ferry terminal,  Driftwood Village – it is a relatively flat, 3km ride.

  You can enjoy ocean and forest rides, with a range of challenges including the ride into Bluff Park and Montague Harbour.  Long-distance cyclists can stretch their legs on over 35 kilometers of island roads, from Sturdies Bay to the north end.

Galiano Bicycle is available for repairs and is nearby

a few things to keep in mind

  • ride single file on the right of the roads. They are narrow and winding.
  • large groups travel more safely in smaller bunches
  • stop to rest off the pavement
  • drivers are expected to slow down and give cyclists space.  Report dangerous behavior to RCMP.”
  • make sure you have lights and ear reflective clothing. Just because cars have headlights does not mean they can see you!
  • bring water

Our roads consist of a lot of up and down and be a little challenging, but there is beauty everywhere.

For more information on parks and trails visit the Galiano website below.

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