Posted by: cherylyoung | April 13, 2013

This definately goes to the top of my bucket list, What about the Lady in your life?

 

A long, narrow island, and the driest in the Gulf Island

 chain, Galiano Island was named after the Spanish

 explorer Dionisio Galiano who sailed these waters

 in 1792.

 Galiano Island is the second largest of the Gulf Islands,

after Saltspring Island.

 

Galiano Islanders move at their own easy pace, respecting

and protecting a fragile environment which is home to

 over 130 species of birds and many rare and protected

plants.

 

Rich in history and beauty, Galiano has been called

 The Jewel of the Strait of Georgia.

 For thousands of years before Europeans arrived, the

 Coast Salish aboriginal people had lived here, gathering

 a rich variety of foods from its forests and shores.

 

There are seven major islands in the southern half of the

 Strait of Georgia

 Among them, Galiano Island has always enjoyed the

 reputation as being the most welcoming to visitors.

 This is due in large part to the limited amount of

farmland  on Galiano in comparison to other islands.

 

 Of necessity, early settlers here opened their homes to

 tourists as a way of earning a living.

 

Despite being the first stop off the Tsawwassen ferry,

 Galiano Island retains an undeveloped, secluded

character.

 Dedicated residents have worked hard to protect the

 natural features that extend along the island’s narrow,

 19-mile (30-km) length.

 

 The community and its supporters have purchased

 several areas as ecological reserves, including Mt. Galiano,

 Mt. Sutil and more recently, Bodega Ridge, whose rocky

 Bluff is unique in Western Canada.

 

 These eco-sensitive areas will be kept as forests in

perpetuity by the Galiano community for the enjoyment

 of all.

 

Today, Galiano is the hub for sea-kayak trips and the site

 of Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park, one of the

 largest provincial parks on any of the islands.

 

 Galiano Island has the most dedicated park land of all

the Southern Gulf Islands.

 

 There are seven beautiful parks, and miles of old logging

 trails and country lanes.

 

 There’s literally something here for everyone, whether

 you’re beachcombing or birdwatching, walking or hiking,

mountain biking or horseback riding – it’s the perfect

 

 

History of Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa

The Gem of Galiano Island…

 
The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa has been operating

as a special place to stay on Galiano Island since the early

 part of the last century.

 Standing proudly in its choice waterfront location, it has

 long been a prominent island landmark – the first place

 arriving guests and islanders see when they approach

by ferry.

 

In the 1930’s, an English seaman purchased the property,

 and began inviting guests to stay, operating it as a resort

 named “Greenways”.

 

In the early 1950’s, a fire claimed the old Tudor style

 building, leaving only the stone verandah and steps

 still standing.

 

The owners at that time – Margaret and Fred Robson

– built a new home on the same site, as well as a

fashionable “motor court” that served family and fishing

holiday guests  for many happy years.

 The resort enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremostt

 fishing resorts on the West Coast, at a time when the

 salmon runs were at their peak. 

In 2000, the resort was purchased by new owners who

  began its transformation into the delightful fusion of

form and function that welcomes guests today. 

 A passion for perfection and a commitment to walking

 softly on the land inspired the design, the architecture,

 and the physical structure of the buildings.

 

The style and quality of the finishings, the furnishings,

 and the extensive gardens showcase, at every turn, the

 attention to excellence that is the hallmark of the resort,

 its owners, Mel Gibb and Conny Nordin, and its

 dedicated staff.

Today the resort property features intimate luxurious

 facilities, all thoughtfully designed and furnished to

refresh,  relax and inspire.

 

  Guests and visitors from all over the world have remarked

 on the attention to detail everywhere that, hand-in-hand

 with the superior customer service provided by the staff,

elevates the guest experience from pleasant to

 extraordinary.

 

With ten oceanfront  suites, an intimate oceanside

restaurant,  a beautiful full service European style spa,

 intriguing wine and gift shop, and extensive gardens

 stretching to the shore of the eternal sea, you may wander

 to your heart’s ease and  delight.

 

Rock gardens and waterfalls, ponds and garden plantings to

discover: an herb garden for the chef, greenhouses,

perennial  gardens, even a special spot to meditate or

 practice yoga.

 

Here nature reigns supreme, with decks and fences built

 around tree limbs and trunks to leave them undisturbed.

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