Galiano Island

GALIANO ISLAND  () , 57 sq km, is the driest of the GULF ISLANDS between southern VANCOUVER ISLAND and the mainland. It is named for Dionisio ALCALÁ-GALIANO, a Spanish naval commander who explored the area in 1792. Evidence from shell middens at MONTAGUE HARBOUR (established as BC's first MARINE PARK in 1959) suggests that human occupation goes back at least 3,000 years. Whites began settling in the area in the 1870s, but AGRICULTURE was...

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