Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Submitted by Bettina Matzkuhn.

Trip leader Bettina Matzkuhn met her group of seven at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The weather was overcast and windy, but quite warm and pleasant for walking. We tried the “Bluffs Peak” trail, which meant a quick hike up to the bluffs and backtrack down to continue on to Mt. Galiano. The Warbler Road route is better as one gets to enjoy the length of the bluffs. Return trip was approximately 15km.

We saw the bright green Vanilla Leaf Achlys Triphylla, very large stinging nettles Urtica dioica, both evergreen and deciduous huckleberry, Spring Beauty, and Blue-eyed Mary. The ground seemed very dry despite recent rains. Heard/saw both House and Pacific Wrens, Nuthatches and had a great view of Turkey Vultures coasting on currents around the summit.

There is new signage on the forest trails on Galiano, but we found it useful to consult the GPS apps. Everyone content to relax on the ferry returning to Tsawwassen.

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