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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Puffball

Puffballs

Apart from being edible—and delicious at that—dried spores were used as diaper rash "talcum powder" by the First Nations of BC. Spores were also found to staunch bloodflow when placed on a wound. At one time the brownish spores were used as a photographic flash powder. A large puffball can contain as many as 7500 billion spores. If each of these spores were to grow to maturity the next generation would form a fungus colony some 800 times the size of the earth.

Illustration by Manami Kimura