A Place Like No Other

The Millard Learning Centre is the centrepiece of the Galiano Conservancy’s network of conservation lands, a living landscape where we practice participatory, restorative, and regenerative relationships with the more-than-human world.  Named in honour of Ken and Linda Millard and their contributions to the Galiano community, the Millard Learning Centre is 188 acres and features over two kilometers of protected waterfront, two seasonal streams, a working food forest farm, wetlands, and over 80 acres of mature forest.

Entrance to the Millard Learning Centre -

Planning Your Visit

The Millard Learning Centre includes a variety of popular destinations accessed via over 8 km of hiking trails and is the primary trailhead for the Mid-Island Protected Areas Network.

  • Parking Access: Our Office, Classroom, and Plant Nursery are accessed from the parking lot at the entrance to the property and are open during business hours – weekdays, 9am to 4pm.
  • Trail Access: Chrystal Cove, Tranquility Bluff, the Galiano Community Food Forest, the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest, and other sites of interest across the property can be accessed via trails.

The Millard Learning Centre is open to the public year-round, with some restrictions when youth education programs are in session.

Classroom and Learning Wetland in winter -
Millard Learning Centre

At a Glance


Primary trailhead for over 20 kilometers of public trails across the Mid-Island Protected Areas Network


Plant Nursery and Gift Shop

Shop for native and edible plants, teas, t-shirts, and more


Educational Programs

K-12 and Post-Secondary programs for all learners


Level-2 EV Chargers

Free or by donation charging for electric vehicles at our net-zero facility



Shore access at beautiful and secluded Chrystal Cove

Natural Values

Located on the southwest shore of Galiano Island, the Millard Learning Centre property protects a diversity of ecosystems, including a rare, uninterrupted coastal buffer of mature Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) forest that is home to many old-growth trees; one of the longest remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline in the Southern Gulf Islands; and spring-fed bluffs that support healthy populations of native wildflowers.  It is adjacent to a protected area that features cormorant nesting cliffs and rare peregrine falcon habitat.

Ecological Restoration

The Millard Learning Centre includes areas that have been degraded by clear-cut logging, sheep grazing, small-scale agriculture, and road construction.  These areas provide opportunities for staff, students, and community members to participate in healing the land through ecological restoration.

Sustainable Food Systems

Learning to produce food in cooperation with the land is a central aspect of stewardship at the Millard Learning Centre.  Currently, we’ve established two Forest Gardens that grow a diversity of edible, medicinal, and useful plants by mimicking the structure and function of forested ecosystems.  We also grow vegetables, starts, and sprouts on a small scale.

Environmental Education

Each year, over 1,200 students visit the Millard Learning Centre to take part in our hands-on education programs. Many groups stay overnight at our Classroom and Frontcountry Campsite, and at our Backcountry Campsite. We also regularly host courses and workshops for post-secondary students and community members.

  • Size: 76.1 ha
  • Legal Description: District Lot 57, Galiano Island, Parcel Identifier: 002-025-175
  • Acquisition Year: 2012
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Key Resources

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Additional Resources

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