Salt Spring Island/Galiano

Jul 18th, 2000, 05:38 PM
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Salt Spring Island/Galiano

We'd like to take a day trip to either Galiano Island or Salt Spring while in Vancouver. Would it be necessary to take your vehicle or could you go on a ferry as a walk-on and still see lots without a car? Also, any ideas which place would be nicest to see in only 1 day?
Jul 18th, 2000, 09:45 PM
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I think it would be difficult without a car or at least a bicycle. On Saltspring there is nothing of particular interest by the ferry terminals. I like to go to the top of Mt. Maxwell for the view but have only done this by car. I haven't been to Galiano in some time so can't really make a comparison.
Jul 19th, 2000, 07:24 AM
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While I haven't been to Saltspring, I've been to Galiano many times. Galiano's a very long and narrow island. The parks, caves, lookout points, beaches, marinas, etc are scattered throughout the island. You'll definitely need some sort of transportation - a car or a bike will do. Just keep in mind that the island's very mountainous, so don't bring your bike unless you're prepared for a workout A car is probably your best bet. is a good site with a detailed map that shows you where the "must sees" on the island are.
Jul 19th, 2000, 10:01 AM
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the ferry to Saltspring is the same one that goes to Galiano,generally a real 'donkey express' see
it can take as much as 3.5 hours for a trip to Saltspring,stopping at 3 other islands,a great chunk of time out of a day trip.
Jul 20th, 2000, 01:09 PM
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If I remember correctly, Galiano Island is the first stop on that "donkey express" ferry (I love that name!) I remember taking my bike on that ferry with my dad and my sister in 1993 for a day trip. It's the first stop in the morning, and the last stop at night - which gives you more time on the island.
May 9th, 2001, 11:32 PM
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This is from a while ago, but I thought I'd reply in case anyone else has the same question in the future. I used to live on Galiano, and would go there rather than Salt Spring in a heart beat. It is the first stop on the ferry route. One could walk on, and take a taxi around, but I would suggest your own vehicle. A bike would be great too. If you are only there for one day go to Montague Harbour and the Bluffs.

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