Gulf Islands

Galiano Island

Galiano Island is one of the Canadian Southern Gulf Islands lying between Vancouver Island and British Columbia's Lower Mainland. The Island is located on the west side of the Strait of Georgia, is 27.5 km long, 6 km at our widest point, and 1.6 km across at our narrowest point.


On the western shores are a series of sandstone caves accessible by sea kayak. The population is just over a thousand residents.


Beautiful and always welcoming, Galiano Island is the perfect place to get away. When you've had your fill of hiking, whale watching, fishing and golf, you'll find plenty of friendly spots to shop locally, eat and raise a glass to another wonderful day on Galiano.

Festival Active Pass - website »

This incredible nature, arts and community festival began a year ago on Mayne Island, another of the beautiful southern gulf islands. It was very successful and attracted folks from all over.

This year, Galiano Island will be the host, offering land and sea nature tours, live music, delicious food, and an exciting arts and crafts market.


Experience the Gulf Islands during spring bird migration. Visit wildflower sites and island gardens. Take a guided tour by land or sea and discover the natural magic of Active Pass. Be inspired and informed by Festival speakers.



Gulf Islands Film and Television School - website »

Since 1995 The Gulf Islands Film and Television School (GIFTS) on Galiano Island has been fostering the creative growth of junior (age 10-14), youth (15-18), adults (19+), school groups, French immersion schools and aboriginal bands from around the world. Our spring and summer”Media Intensive” programs have proven to be successful not only in equipping students with theoretical and technical training in media production, but also in increasing confidence and self-worth.The GIFTS model provides an excellent alternative to classroom education. At our live-in facility, students are immersed in a hands-on film making experience with industry professionals guiding them through each stage of the production process. This unique learning model has inspired and produced stunning transformational changes. The result is emerging media makers that can realize their true talent and potential. Every student leaves with a completed short film in our 6 or 13 day courses. Our students leave GIFTS empowered to continue to create.


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