Events on Galiano Island

There are lots of fun things happening year-round on Galiano Island and in the Southern Gulf Islands, and of course at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn. Check our "Events Page" often.

Galiano Events at the Inn and Island

What is Happening on Galiano Island and at the Inn?

"It's Summer and the living is easy..."

SUNDAYS: "Prime Rib Sundaysevery Sunday. An Island classic. Three course prix fixe dinners under $30 (including seafood and vegetarian options). Reservations recommended! 

OCEANFRONT DINING  Atrevida at the Inn is Open Nightly  for dining overlooking the water, in a setting of expansive windows, stone and ironwork. Fabulous food, wine, and service.

DAILY! Spa Menu at Madrona del Mar Spa: Couples treatments, Garden treatments

BREAKFAST Join us Saturday and Sunday mornings for delicious breakfast 8:30 am - 10 am

ART STUDIOS:  Marcia de Vicque Glassworks, Cedar Grove pottery,  Blackbird Gallery, Yellow House Art Centre,  Art & Soul Craft Gallery and many others. Open on weekends or more throughout the summer...pick up a Galiano Island brochure when you arrive on the Island.

April May Yellowhouse art show  

Yellowhouse Art Centre Show


"Transformation" Art exhibition at the Yellowhouse Art Centre, in the Village, walking distance from the Inn. Participation by many popular artists includes works in acrylics, water colour, art installations, continues throughout July into the August Arts Weekend. 

In the Village
Tour des Iles  

Tour des Iles Returns to the Gulf Islands

June 22, 23, 24

Connecting all the Southern Gulf Islands by boat. Local residents find unique and efficient ways to connect islanders and visitors by small boat from dock to dock throughout the Islands. Enjoy music, food, art and events...bring your family to stay on Galiano and visit all of our islands in one wonderful weekend.

Reservations 250-539-3388 to stay at the Inn.
Pirate Regatta Gulf Island  

Gulf Islands Annual Pirate Regatta

June 30

Arggh, Maties...on June 30th, put on your best pirate voice, polish up your peg leg, dig out your bandanas and eye patch and bring your sailboats to the Regatta at Montague Marine Park.

Canada day on Galiano Island  

Canada Day Jamboree

July 1

Nothing says "Canada" like a small town island Jamboree...and Galiano has that covered! The charming North Island Community Hall and grounds welcome the participants of the Annual Canada Day Parade, and all the visitors who cheer it on.  Enjoy an afternoon of live music, home made pie, displays of island art and more. A special place to bring little ones to enjoy the old-fashioned family-friendly contests of 3 legged races, games of chance.  Be sure to join us afterwards on the terrace, for wood-fired pizza and cool refreshments.

Reservations 250-539-3388 to stay at the Inn.


Giambori Classical Concert

July 7

Music for Piano Quartet, including Brahms, Faure, Chopin, Mozart and Kriesler. At the South Community Hall, just a few minutes from the Inn.  Dinner at the Inn, followed by a concert of great music. The perfect evening.
Musicians: Eric Wilson, Cello; Elizabeth Jahren, Piano; Daphne Moody, Violin; Chris Redsell, Viola. Tickets at the door

Annual Galiano Island International Wine  

Galiano International Wine & Beer Festival

Annually in August, it is the biggest event of the summer season. This year it is being held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come join us just for the health of it!

 It's a worthwhile cause – to raise funds for our Galiano Island Health Care Centre. The event is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the Inn, the ferry and the Village, to the Lions Park.

 Informal and joyful, the wine and beer festival is an open-air event that is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. And at $45 a ticket, it is great value: unlimited tasting, a crested Riedel crystal wine glass, fresh-made finger food, and entertainment. There’s room to move around, no long waits for the wines and beers/ales you want to taste, plenty of time to talk with the wine merchants, wine makers and beer makers. 

  6th Annual Musical Walk Along for Learning - Saturday September 1st, 2018
A delightful mix of music, nature and a celebration of environmental education. This event raises funds for bursaries to provide access to nature for children and youth of all backgrounds.  Every year friends and family join us for a unique outdoor experience with musicians playing flute, cello, horn and more along forest and seaside trails. With a new route this year through the beautiful Millard Learning Centre property, you will experience woodlands and wetlands, and stroll through our Forest Garden and Forage Forest. This magical musical afternoon ends with refreshments and snacks for purchase and free hand cranked ice-cream.

Spectacular Kunamokst Mural on display in the Inn

Kunamokst Mural

Galiano Island, British Columbia
Viewing daily

190 different artists + 231 works of art + 1 Mystery = 1 spectacular Kunamokst Mural! The Mural is an incredible, massive mosaic of work designed and orchestrated by Mural Mosaic that was a mystery to the artists until it was unveiled. Join us to view the original at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa and celebrate the Gulf Islands artists of the Mural, displaying their art.

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Prime Rib Sunday

Every Sunday

On Sunday nights, join visitors and islanders for our popular "Prime Rib Night", where you will enjoy a price fix dinner with your choice of entrees: fish, vegetarian or, you guessed it, Prime Rib. Don't miss out. Oceanfront dining at its best. Nightly year round. Three course dinners under $30.

Atrevida restaurant delicious seafood dining  

Dining in Atrevida Restaurant

Galiano's only waterfront casual fine dining restaurant, our award-winning "Atrevida" is Open Nightly from 6 pm; last reservation taken at 9 pm (5 to 8 pm Sundays) in Off-Peak season and 6pm to 9pm seven days a week during the Peak Summer season. Reservations are advisable.

Chef Dean Hillier creates wonderful dishes, the service staff under Restaurant Manager Amy Laird provide a wonderful atmosphere. 

NOTE: Special hours during winter: plan ahead. We are closed for staff holidays over Christmas in 2018 (December 17 through 26) and January 2 reopening February 1, 2019.

Breakfast at Atrevida Restaurant on the Oceanfront  

Breakfast in Atrevida Restaurant at the Galiano Inn

For a special "morning out" after the night before, join us for breakfast each weekend morning. Your choice of entrees from french toast to our perennial favourite of  Inn-house Granola.

Join us from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on weekends. No reservations required except for large groups, to provide the best service.  (Last seating at 10 am).

Wood-fired Pizza on the oceanfront  

Wood-fired Pizza on the Waterfront

Join us at Galiano's favourite and only waterfront outdoor wood-fired pizza terrace! From classic favourites that reappear each year by popular demand, to special seasonal creations from Chef Dean Hillier and his team. The service staff, including our great summer student staff, create a memorable afternoon for you to enjoy on the oceanfront.

Draught beer, artisanal wines, Italian sodas...refreshing ways to bathe in the warmth of summer.

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Spa Open Daily

Madrona del Mar Spa, located at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, is open every day.

See our Spa Menu for fabulous treatments in our spa, or our special "Couples Cottages" in a garden setting... Visitors and Inn guests are welcome. Advance reservations are a must. Many of our treatments are unique in Canada, using all natural ingredients.
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Yoga Classes

The Inn is very pleased to have teachers of high calibre and experience performing yoga in many teaching disciplines.

Our instructors  provide Private Yoga classes that are booked through the Spa. 
Regular classes are held weekly.
Call the Spa for details at 250-539-3388, or email them for a schedule

"Shop Small, Shop Local" Campaign on Galiano

"Think Local" in your community... and in ours when you come to visit Galiano Island.

The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a great theme of "Shop Small, Shop Local, Dine Local, Enjoy Local" to encourage all of us to enjoy a "flavour of the islands" and help our Communities thrive too.
We have a new Logo, too: it is pretty eye-catching: Look for the very cool signage in the shops
  Shop local, market, Galiano Shop, Retail gifts, support local economy

Gulf Island Water Taxi

From September through June, you can travel on Monday through Thursday only, in our "Secret Season" on the Gulf Island Water Taxi. During the school year, our water taxi, the appropriately named "S.S. Scholarship", becomes a school boat, taking children from Galiano to Salt Spring Island. You can join, leaving at 7:20 am, from the dock near the Inn, spend the day on Salt Spring Island, and returning home to Galiano "after school" (as space available).
  Gulf Island water taxi taking islanders to Salt Spring Island

Saturday Market - Summer

Every Saturday from May through to the October Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Lions Park - walking distance from the Inn. Here you will find multiple local Island farm and artisan's booths selling a variety of fresh picked-that-morning fruits and vegetables. Enjoy fresh baked goods, coffees, arts & crafts, clothing, original jewellery, pottery and flowers. Meet the farmers, artists & bakers.

Music: The Galiano Concert Series

For the price of the ticket alone in the city, you can enjoy dinner at the Inn, and a concert on Galiano Island. Our season on Galiano each year showcases a wide range of musical talent, from Classical to Jazz.

"BOOK" EARLY each year - Galiano Literary Festival is a sell out

February 22, 23, and 24 ~ 10th Annual!

"THE" major event of our Winter Season... Widely regarded as one of Canada's best bookstores, with recognition from the Libris Awards in Ottawa to show for it, Galiano Island Books sponsors this amazing Literary Festival...and the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa is proud to be the venue for the Festival! It draws authors and lovers of books to our island every February.  You will have the rare opportunity to meet with the authors "up close and personal", in workshops and readings that are held in rooms with beautiful ocean and garden views: you will be inspired!  THE INN IS ALWAYS SOLD OUT - be sure to book early to stay in the Heart of the Festival.

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Book a Brunch

Planned for Fall 2018: you will so be able to "Book" a Brunch: hearing new writers reading from their work. Our very first successful brunch was a new foodie guide to the Gulf Islands when "Seasonings" launched at the Inn featuring Chef Dean's Spring menu. Authors Andrea and David Spalding have created a visual feast of Gulf Island photographs that complement their stories: you can buy a book at Galiano Island Books next door to the Inn.

Annual Food Celebrations

You might want to "bookmark" these events for next year:
For a taste of the islands, come to Galiano Island for these food-friendly weekends:

Blackberry Martini   Wondering What to do with Stinging Nettles?  Why, eat them of course!  Whether it is Nettle tea at the Sturdies Bay Bakery, or something that the Chef at the Inn will have up his sleeve (ouch!). As well as workshops in nettle picking & cooking at the nearby Hall. In March each year, depending on the nettle season.

Curious about Mushrooms?
An Annual, traditional island-style, friendly event. In November,  enjoy the "fruits of the forest" with lunch and educational "tour" of mushrooms at the community hall. Later? Delicious dining at the Inn.

Blackberry Festival
: our personal favourite festival. Blackberry Signature martinis at the Inn anyone? Fresh blackberry waffles perhaps? Every October, on Thanksgiving Saturday, we have a local blackberry festival. Come for lunch and blackberry pie at the Blackberry Tea. Join us for a delicious weekend.

Planning a Galiano Vacation? Time your visits for more fun with these events.

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