Trip 250 - May 27, 2022 (Friday)
Retreat Cove Cave Visit
Galiano Island BC
Liked: A small picturesque cave, fine sandstone formations near the cave.
Of Note: The path past the cave is complicated and is for experienced hikers only. Uneven ground and slippery stones. Hiking poles and boots are recommended to the cave, and are highly recommended past the cave.
Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Retreat Cove Cave Approximate Coordinates: Page 20 (Galiano Island) - main map and inset - D2 or D7.
Related Websites: Wiki - Galiano Island, Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce.
Retreat Cove cave is a small (about 15x3 meters) cave made of sandstone located very close to Retreat Cove dock on Galiano Island, one of British Columbia's Southern Gulf islands. You can get to Galiano Island via a ferry from Tsawwassen or Swartz Bay, and then it's 16 kilometers to the dock (via Sturdies Bay Road, Porlier Pass Road, and Retreat Cove Road), and 70 meters of stone-hopping to get to the cave. The "path" then continues past the cave for another 200 meters or so and becomes substantially more complicated, even dangerous, as much care needs to be taken to avoid falling into the ocean.
The cave is very picturesque, especially when the sun is out. Beyond the cave, there are some interesting sandstone formations, but hiking poles/boots and some hiking experience would definitely be good to have for anyone proceeding past the cave.
Finally, Retreat Cove Road is fairly narrow, and any vehicle larger than a full-size pickup truck may find it complicated turning around at the dock, where the road ends.
1. Here is a Google map showing the route from Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal to Retreat Cove Road.
2. We are on Porlier Pass Road on Galiano Island, heading towards Retreat Cove dock.
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