Montague Harbour, Galiano Island

Montague Harbour is a provincial marine park located on Galiano Island, one of the Gulf Islands off the south coast of British Columbia in Canada. White shell beaches, open meadows, tidal lagoons, towering forests, craggy headlands and abundant bird life are just a few of the attractions for visitors. The park starts 16 ft (5 m) below sea level and climbs 590 ft (180 m) to a steep rocky precipice. Located within the park is Gray Peninsula, which was inhabited by First Nations before the arrival of Spanish explorer Dionisio Galiano in 1792. Skirting the northwest edge of the peninsula is a spectacular rock ledge that was carved into rippling patterns by the movement of glaciers thousands of years ago. The white shell beach on the north side of the park marks one of several shell middens – evidence of native occupation dating back more than 3,000 years. Wave action erodes the middens, crushes the shells and redeposits them to create Montague’s white shell beaches. Archaeological excavations of these protected middens have unearthed arrows, spearheads and stone carvings, helping to unravel the stories of earlier cultures. Read more about the park here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Montague Harbor and Galiano Island.

 Gray Peninsula, Montague Harbour

Gray Peninsula, Montague Harbour