Level: Moderate

Distance: 6 km

Time: 2 h

Elevation Change: 311 m

Season: Year Round

Topographical Map: 92 B/14

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Access: Mount Galiano may be a bit far to access on foot from the ferry dock. A 4-km bicycle or taxi ride to the trailhead will solve the dilemma however. Follow a route via Sturdies Bay Road, Georgeson Bay Road, Highland Road, and Active Pass Drive to the trailhead at the end of Phillimore Point Road.

Anticipate some steep sections on the trail to the top of Mount Galiano. The last 20 minutes of the climb follows an old logging road. As you might expect the summit provides a panorama extending from Mayne Island across the twin Pender Islands to Saltspring Island on the right. You might be surprised to find a grove of Garry Oak on top, indicating how arid these islands really are. Retracing your steps off Galiano Island's highest point should take but a fraction of the time.

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Sun Dew

Sundew

Giant man-eating extraterrestrials? No, but you got the carnivorous part right. Tiny, insect chomping Sundew inhabit swamps and bogs, attracting bugs and keeping them interested with sticky secretions. Not only well-adapted to dissolving gnats, indigenous peoples of the coast put sundew to work dissolving corns and warts much like a product from Dr. Scholls. While Europeans considered the sundew to be a potent potion when fishing for romance, the Haida summoned its powers to reel in the really, big ones.

Illustration by Manami Kimura