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  • Community Information

    Galiano is named after Spanish naval captain Dionisio Aleala Galiano, dispatched from Mexico in 1792 to chart what is now the BC coastline aboard the vessel Sutil. Dionisio Point, Montague Harbour and Sturdies Bay were seasonal fishing villages for the Coast Salish First Nations. Arriving by canoe and settling in for the summer, the Salish hunted sea lions and fished for salmon.

    Galiano is the least tamed of the major Gulf Islands because of its rocky geography and lack of arable land. Credit for this unspoiled charm is in large part due to the historical fact that fully half of the island was utilized as a tree farm by the lumber industry until the early 1990s. Most of Galiano’s population lives along the south end in its one village and at the end of the parks.

    Galiano is in the Georgia Basin (which includes the Gulf Islands) lies in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island. This more protected region has considerably less precipitation and a greater quantity of sunshine. For example, the average maximum temperature is 6°C/43°F in January and 22°C/72°F in July. Autumn and winter still tend to have heavy precipitation.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, arts and culture


    • Population

      Town Population: 1,138 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: South Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Gulf Islands

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

      RRP Points: 15.70


    • Health Centre Info

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

    • Lab services

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

      Full lab services are available each Thursday morning from 7 am to 10 am on a first come, first-served system. If the Lab Tech has a home visit to attend to, the lab may open at 7:30 am instead.

    • Nurse Practitioner

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      Hrs: Wed-Thurs 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

      http://galianohealth.org

    • Nurses

      Nurse Maureen Newman runs a weekly clinic at the Health Care Centre with a focus on prevention services, child, youth and family health.

      To make an appointment or for inquiries please call 250 539-3099.

    • Extended Care

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

      In-community

      Colette Lagace

      P: 250 539-5103

    • Home Nursing

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

      In-community

      Colette Lagace

      P: 250 539-5103

    • Physiotherapy

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

      In-community

      Anne Scott

      P: 250 539-2425

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org

      In-community

      The Galiano Health Care Society is working to develop, enhance and support mental health services on Galiano. To contact someone about this work, or to inquire about resources and information, please contact:

      Wendy Lloyd

      P: 250 539-3768

    • Social workers

      Galiano Health Care Centre

      908 Burrill Road

      Galiano Island, BC, V0N 1P0

      P: 250 539-3230

      http://galianohealth.org


  • Salt Spring Island Community Services provides counselling, resource and referral services to Galiano Island.

    Cindy Clark
    Family Counsellor
    P: 250 222-0025

    Dave Vollrath
    Addictions Counsellor
    P: 250 537-9971 xt. 241

    Linda Ruedrich
    Resource and Referral Worker
    P: 250 539-5823