Whaler Bay, Galiano Island

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Whaler Bay is located on the southeast end of Galiano Island adjacent to Sturdies Bay and across from Montague Harbour. Galiano is one of the Southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, and is named after the Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, who explored the area in 1792. Before Europeans arrived, Galiano was long inhabited by aboriginal people from the Penelakut First Nation and for thousands of years by other Coast Salish nations.

To the north of Whaler Bay lies the Strait of Georgia and the city of Vancouver. To the east and south is Active Pass, the route for ferry traffic between Vancouver and Victoria on Vancouver Island. The name of the bay comes from its early role as a harbour for small whaling vessels. The outer part of the bay is exposed to the north winds of Georgia Strait but the inner bay is protected and now has a large public dock.

Whaler Bay is surrounded by some of the densest development on Galiano Island. An industrial log dump was located in the bay for many years and residential sewage contributed to pollution. But today most of the polluters are gone, the eelgrass beds are back providing habitats for forage fish, and the wildlife has returned. Read more here and here. Click here to download or open the CoastView app and explore more of Whaler Bay and Galiano Island.

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