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Trip 244 - May 17, 2022 (Tuesday)

BC Ferries Trip

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Galiano Island (Sturdies Bay Terminal)


Galiano Island Location: Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. About a 55 minute ferry ride from Tsawassen Ferry Terminal in Delta.

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.


Today, we sailed on "Salish Eagle" from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal 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.

3. Tsawwassen Terminal Welcome Sign.

4. Approaching Tsawwassen Terminal ticket booths.

5. Booth #5 on the very left is for Gulf Islands. The display looks blank, but it did say Gulf Islands Reservations Only.

6. Passing by Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal Control Tower en route to the ferry.

7-8. Time to board Salish Eagle.

9. Looking back at where we just came from

10. And here is Salish Eagle a few days later, as seen from the top of Mount Galiano (with much zoom).


Here is our video of arriving to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and boarding Salish Eagle.

11. Good-bye, Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.

12. Indeed, not much to see here, so let's see the ship, then.

13. Inside, Salish Eagle looks the same as all other large BC Ferries. But what we have not seen yet is such a steep staircase to get you from the vehicle deck to passenger decks. There is an elevator available, if need be.

14. Looking down.

15. The bridge of Salish Eagle.

16-17. Both sides of the top deck of Salish Eagle, which was built in 2016.

18-19. Meanwhile, The Spirit of British Columbia was heading the other way.

20. A lady observing The Spirit of British Columbia from the back of Salish Eagle.

21-22. The vehicle deck as seen from the top passenger deck (sun deck).

23-24. Approaching Galiano Island (Sturdies Bay Terminal).

25. Docking at Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal. Very colourful.

26. A large group of young cyclists was waiting to board.

Here is our video of Salish Eagle approaching Galiano Island - Sturdies Bay Terminal.

27. Disembarking from Salish Eagle.

28. A short drive off the terminal.

Here is our video of disembarking from Salish Eagle onto Sturdies Bay Terminal.

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29. Galiano Island welcomes us.

While this ferry ride was not very memorable, Galiano Island sure was.

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ihikebc.com Trip 244 - BC Ferries Trip (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Galiano Island - Sturdies Bay)