After a socially distant visit with Kyla’s family and a night of camping on their property on Salt Spring Island, we decided to take a day trip to Galiano Island. We took the 7:15 am ferry from Long Harbour, the first (and only) boat to Galiano on a Sunday. The route had stops at both Pender and Mayne, and we arrived at Galiano at 9am. This gave us a little time to catch up on sleep! Check here for current ferry schedules from Swartz Bay to the Southern Gulf Islands.
We were still a little sleepy when we rolled off the ferry, so we stopped for coffee and breakfast goodies at the Sturdies Bay Bakery and Cafe – they are just seconds from the ferry terminal, and their massive, famous cinnamon buns are delicious!
The first item on our gay agenda was to check out the Instafamous sand caves, but there was a sign by the road that leads out to them saying that they were closed. I assume this is to reduce crowds during COVID-19; we thought about trying to venture further, but decided not to be those jerks. It said it was closed, so that was that.
We kept driving to check out Lovers Leap Viewpoint in Bodega Ridge Provincial Park, which offers a nice view of nearby islands. It may not be worth the drive out just for the viewpoint (it’s small, and similar to the kind of views you get all over the Gulf Islands), but it’s pretty if you’re already heading out that way to do some hiking. We also made a quick stop at Tapovan Sri Chimnoy Peace Park, a set of forest hiking trails dedicated to an Indian spiritual leader and meditation teacher. We quickly discovered it was a bit of a climb, and since I hadn’t changed out of my Birkenstocks (#classiclesbian), we headed back to the car and decided to continue on our day’s true quest: the search for the perfect hammock spot.Continue reading “Day Trip to Galiano Island: Quest for the Perfect Hammock Spot”