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Biking -- The farther north you go on Galiano, the more remote, making this area a favorite among cyclists. While you won't have to worry too much about traffic on the 30km-long (19-mile) paved road that runs up the island's west side, there are enough steep ascents to keep your attention focused. Mountain bikers can follow unmaintained logging roads that skirt the eastern shores. Contact Galiano Bicycle Rental, 36 Burrill Rd. (tel. 250/539-9906; www.galianoisland.com/galianobicycle), for rentals. A full day's rental is C$30.

Hiking -- Several short hikes lead to Active Pass overlooks, including the trail to the top of 330m (1,083-ft.) Mount Galiano and the cliff-edge path in Bluffs Park. Bodega Ridge is a park about two-thirds of the way up the island, with old-growth forest, wildflowers, and views of the distant Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

Kayaking -- Home to otters, seals, and bald eagles, the gentle waters of Montague Harbour are a perfect kayaking destination. In addition to rentals, Gulf Island Kayaking (tel. 250/539-2442; www.seakayak.ca) offers a variety of guided part- and whole-day trips, including a 3-hour sunset paddle for C$55. If you want to really get away, consider a custom multiday kayaking/camping trip.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.