Every Step You Take Brings A Child Closer to Nature

Bring the whole family to celebrate nature-based learning, and experience live, outdoor music, art and dance at the beautiful Millard Learning Centre. Doors will open at 1pm and close at 6:30pm.

Every $30 Donated Brings One Child to Galiano

Environmental Education Bursary Fundraiser

The Musical Walkalong for Learning event is an annual fundraiser for the GCA’s Environmental Education Bursary Fund, a unique fund that offers access to nature, environmental education and outdoor recreation for BC’s underprivileged children and youth.

By attending, donating and fundraising for this event YOU directly contribute to kids’ first experiences hiking, camping, gardening and stargazing!

Click on the button below to access our fundraising page. Here you can make a one time donation to the GCA Bursary Fund and contribute to a peer-to-peer fundraising page (or make your own).

Join us for Walkalong 2022!

Performer Line-Up

Musical Trail

Tayfun Sozer (Harmonica, Guitar)
Rob Butterfield & Malcolm Biddle (Guitar, Voice)
Tamara Nile (Guitar, Voice)
Christian Nally (Guitar, Voice)
Mary Greenwood (Harp, Cello)
Mike & Annie Brown (Clarinet, Violin)
Ben Brown (Drums)
Lyra Higgs (Flute)

Celebration Mainstage

Phil Buller & Danny Elms (Stand Up Bass, Harmonica & Guitar)

Kurt Ward-Thiess & Friends (Mandolin, Voice, Flute & Accordion)

Fergus & Friends Puppet Show

Live Art & Dance

Roksan Parfitt-Cohen (live watercolour painting)

Jeanne Erickson (live acrylic painting)

Thank You Event Sponsors

Walkalong could not happen without support from our wonderful event performers, volunteers and sponsors!

Musical Walk

Three staggered start times at 1PM, 1:30PM and 2PM. Family & leashed-dog friendly.

Musical Performances

Get serenaded by talented local & regional acoustic musicians as you “walk along” the trails at the Millard Learning Centre

Live Painting

Watch local artists Jeanne Erickson (acrylic) and Roksan Parfitt (watercolour) live-paint Galiano’s scenery. Paintings for sale in silent auction.

Nature Interpretation

What does the GCA do? Learn about our projects in solar energy, ecological restoration, conservation, permaculture & climate action at select interpretation stops the trail.

Kids Scavenger Hunt

How many tree faces can you find? Find something soft, something sticky & something spiky. Completed scavenger hunts submitted after the walk are entered for a prize draw.

Trio on the musical trail. Photo by Stephen Ban.
Jeanne Erickson live painting scenery at Chrystal Cove. Photo by Stephen Ban.
Tom Mommsen Solar Energy Intepretation Station. Photo by Carly Bilney.
Fergus & Friends Puppet Show. Photo by Matthew Okuda
Kids Play Zone at Celebration. Photo by Josli Rockafella
Mainstage Performances. Photo by Josli Rockafella.
Frozen Treats. Photo by Josli Rockafella.
GCA Band on the Mainstage in 2021. Photo by Matthew Okuda.
Celebration Festival Crowd. Photo by Matthew Okuda.

Celebration Festival

3:00 – 6:30 PM at the Classroom. Family friendly.

Food & Drink

Seacider cider, Fourwinds Beer, non-alcoholic beverages.
Popcorn & refreshing frozen snowcones.
Appetizer-style bites by Oxeye Galiano.

Mainstage

Listen to musical performances by Phil Buller & Danny Elmes Duo and Kurt Ward-Thiess Trio.

Kids Entertainment

Watch the Fergus & Friends Puppet Show during mainstage musical breaks.
Supervised kids playzone with crafts, face painting & games.

Raffle & Silent Auction

Enter to win raffle prizes from local businesses and artisans, or place silent auction entries for live paintings by Roksan Parfitt and Jeanne Erickson.

We hope to see you there!

Donations & purchases made at the event as well as ticket proceeds go towards fundraising efforts for the GCA Environmental Education Bursary Fund.

Online ticket purchases for Walkalong close at 3:30PM PDT on Friday, August 26th.

In-person day-of-event registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, admission is not guaranteed if we reach event capacity. For this reason we recommend you buy tickets in advance to save your spot!

If you wish to purchase tickets/register for the event offline, please contact us.

Peer-to-peer and online donations on our fundraising page do not qualify as registration for event attendance. If you would like to attend the event please get tickets here.

We hope to make this event as accessible to everyone as possible and we understand that many of you have contributed to the GCA in other ways! There is a “custom amount” ticket payment option that allows you to enter a custom amount for your tickets.


Now is the time to get kids outside

Nature exploration relieves mental and physical stress in kids and adults alike and it also helps us understand more about the plants, animals and ecosystems human life and society depend on. In a time of climate-crisis it is vital that kids are aware of and are inspired by their natural surroundings so that they can help protect them as they get older. With the youth of today becoming the climate-leaders of tomorrow, it is our duty to help them along the way by providing equal opportunities for all.

Help us reach our $22,000 fundraising goal for Walkalong 2022

Donate: Make a one time donation to the GCA’s Bursary Fund.

Fundraise with your friends: Become a peer-to-peer fundraiser, and have your friends and family pledge you to do the walk.

Additional fundraising efforts exceeding $25 have the option to receive a charitable tax receipt.


Virtual Walkalong Tour

Watch what took place last year at our 8th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning to see what’s in store for 2022! Make sure you have your sound all the way up to listen to the musicians’ magical melodies and the forest’s natural rhythms. Please note if you have an older computer, the Kula Tour below may not work for you.

Contact Us

Office

Hours: Mon – Fri 9:30AM – 4PM PDT
Tel: 250-539-2424
Email: walkalong@galianoconservancy.ca

Address

10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island BC V0N 1P0

Socials

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes. Kid-friendly entertainment includes: a musical walk scavenger hunt, puppet shows, and kids play zone complete with games, crafts and face painting. Kid-friendly treats and beverages available within the Celebration area by donation.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. Please leash and pick up after your pets.

Is there parking at the event?

Yes, but it is very limited. If you can, please carpool (or ride your bike) to the Millard Learning Centre. If you have mobility restrictions, please let us know and one of our event staff can lead you to our accessible parking zone within the Celebration area (by the Classroom building).

Can I buy tickets on the day of the event?

Yes, however admission is not guaranteed if we reach event capacity. Please purchase tickets at the registration booth on the day of the event. If you can, we strongly recommend getting pre-event tickets here.

Can I come to a different walk time than on my ticket?

Yes, however admission is not guaranteed if we reach that walk’s capacity.

How difficult/long is the musical walk?

The full route is 2km and takes about 1 – 2.5 hours to complete (depending on how long you listen at each station along the way). There are shorter route options available. Routes are along maintained forested pathways (unpaved) with some small hills in certain sections. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes. If you normally walk with hiking poles, we recommend you bring those too.

I don’t want to do the musical walk, can I just come to the Celebration?

Yes. Please check-in at the registration booth (also the bar booth during the Celebration) when you arrive.

Is there food/drinks at the event?

Yes. Small bites by Ox Eye Galiano (catering sponsor) are available at the Celebration for purchase. Snacks such as popcorn, and ice cream are available by donation. Drinks (kid friendly and 19+) are available by donation at the Celebration. We recommend you bring your own water bottle for use at drinking water stations available along the way. Please bring valid ID if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Do you accept credit cards at the event?

We accept credit, debit, cash & cheques at the event. Please note that credit and debit transactions are subject to Square processing fees (between 1-3%).

How do I contribute more towards the GCA Environmental Education Bursary fund?

Please visit our fundraising website if you would like to make an additional one-time donation, contribute to a friend’s peer-to-peer fundraising page or make your own peer-to-peer fundraising page.

Do you issue charitable tax receipts for event tickets?

No. Ticket sales are not tax receiptable. However, we will issue charitable tax receipts for all donations exceeding $10 that are made on our fundraising website.

Orla Scott, Accordionist. Photo by Matthew Okuda.
Tayfun Sozer on harmonica and guitar. Photo by Stephen Ban.