A Unique Opportunity to Connect to the Natural World!
Walkalong Event Info
Musical Walk 1pm-3pm
The Walkalong is an accessible, inclusive, family & leashed-dog friendly event. Everyone is welcome!
Along the trail
Get serenaded by talented local & regional acoustic musicians as you “walk along” the trails at the Millard Learning Centre. This year, we are proud to welcome Mary Greenwood; 8-Bit Duo; Jewel Tones; Meteoric Twin and Lyra Higgs.
Watch local artist Jeanne Erickson live-paint Galiano’s scenery. Jeanne’s painting will be for sale during our online auction in support of our Youth Environmental Education Bursary Fund.
What does the GCA do? Learn about our projects in solar energy, ecological restoration, conservation, permaculture & climate action at select interpretive stops the trail.
The Walkalong is a family-friendly, inclusive event which is open to all. Pay-as-you-can tickets ensure that no one will be turned away at the door. Leashed pets are also welcome!
Main Stage Celebration
3:00 – 5:30 PM at the MLC Classroom
Food & Drink
SeaCider cider, Fourwinds Beer, non-alcoholic beverages.
Popcorn & refreshing frozen Food Forest snow cones.
Food for sale by Oxeye Galiano.
Listen to musical performances by talented local musicians, with an introduction and territorial acknowledgment by esteemed Penelakut elders. Our Main Stage lineup features an indigenous drum and dance performance by our Penelakut friends and music by the Sturdies BAYbs; Phil Buller, Danny Elmes & Thjs Vermuelen; and T. Nile!
Watch the Fergus & Friends Puppet Show during mainstage musical breaks.
Supervised kids playzone with crafts, face painting & games.
We will also have an awesome scavenger hunt!!
Online Silent Auction
Our online auction in support of our Education Bursary Fund will be live Aug 17th – 30th, 2023. Bid on some amazing prizes! Every $35 raised during the auction brings one kid to Galiano Island to experience nature firsthand, and learn about the natural world.
Your gift of $35 Brings One Child to Galiano to experience nature firsthand!
Please Support Our Environmental Education Bursary Fund
Online Auction in support of our Youth Environmental Education Bursary Fund open Aug 17th – 30th!
The GCA’s Environmental Education Bursary Fund is a special fund that offers access to nature, environmental education and outdoor recreation for BC’s underprivileged children and youth.
By donating and fundraising, YOU directly contribute to kids’ first experiences hiking, camping, gardening and stargazing!
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 $20,000 fundraising goal for our 2023 Education Bursary Fund
Donate: Make a one time donation to the GCA’s Bursary Fund by clicking on the link below, or by E-transfer at email@example.com.
Virtual Walkalong Tour
Watch what took place 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.
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.
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $30 per adult. Adult couple tickets $50. Family tickets available for $60. Youth ages 10-18 $10. Children under 10 participate for free. SLIDING SCALE TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!
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! In fact, most of our ticket sales will be at the door this year. Tickets will also be available at our booth outside of Daystar Market on August 11th, 18th and 25th.
How difficult/long is the musical walk?
The full route is approximately 1km long and takes about 45 minutes 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. You can purchase delicious food by Oxeye Galiano (catering sponsor) at the event. Snacks such as popcorn, snow cones and ice cream are also available by donation. Drinks (kid friendly and 19+) are available by donation at the Celebration. We recommend bringing 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 can I contribute to the GCA’s Youth Environmental Education Bursary fund?
We will be running an online auction this year, as a fundraiser for our Youth Environmental Education Bursary Fund. To view available auction prizes and bid on an item, please visit our auction page . If you would like to make a one-time donation to the Bursary Fund, click here. Select the Youth Education Bursary Fund from the dropdown Campaigns menu. You can also E-transfer your donation at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a mention that your E-transfer should be earmarked for the Education Bursary Fund.
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 donation page.
Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00AM – 4PM (Pacific Time)
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island BC V0N 1P0