Trip 244 - May 17, 2022 (Tuesday)
Galiano Island BC Ferries Trip
Delta BC (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal) to Galiano Island (Sturdies Bay Terminal)
Liked: A fairly quick ride on a modern ferry, colourful docking area at Sturdies Bay.
Of Note:Gulf Island ferries are not as frequent as Vancouver Island ferries, so a reservation might be a good idea even outside of busy times.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Tsawwassen (Delta BC) Ferry Terminal Coordinates: Coordinates: Page 1 (Vancouver) C7.
Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Sturdies Bay (Galiano Island BC) Ferry Terminal Coordinates: Coordinates: Page 12 (Saturna Island) A1.
Related Websites: BC Ferries, Salish Eagle Ferry - BC Ferries Official Website.
Other Ferry Trips: Horseshoe Bay - Nanaimo Ferry Trip, Horseshoe Bay - Langdale Ferry Trip, Bowen Island Ferry Trip, Francois Lake Ferry Trip.
Today, we sailed on "Salish Eagle" from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta to Galiano Island (Sturdies Bay Terminal). We showed up with no reservation and 15 minutes to spare, when the screen above the Gulf Islands ticket booth was showing "Reservations Only". Nothing ventured - nothing gained, so we asked a staff member if we can still board without a reservation. A "today is your lucky day" later, we boarded the ferry and went to Galiano Island. It's a 55 minute ride, and sailing from Tsawassen to Galiano Island is not nearly as picturesque as sailing from Horseshoe Bay to other destinations. There was literally nothing of interest nature-wise to photograph, so "Salish Eagle" features prominently in this trip report. That said, Galiano Island provided all the natural beauty one could have possibly hoped for, but that will be covered in the following trip reports.
1. Here is a Google Map of Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (in the middle) and Galiano Island (closer to bottom left). As you can see, the ferry route actually gets into the U.S. waters for a bit, and you receive a message on your cell phone welcoming you to U.S. roaming. Galiano Island's Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal is located pretty much across Mayne Island.
2. We are on BC Highway 99 in Delta, en route to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, taking Exit to Highway 17.
ihikebc.com Trip 244 - BC Ferries Trip (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Galiano Island - Sturdies Bay)