Rustic Retreat Wedding on The Canadian Shores
The Scoop Galiano Island is a magical place. It’s all about cabins on cliffs, driving slow, hiking through coastal rainforests, and getting your morning coffee at the one bakery in town. You’ll find this gem via a short...
by Cortnie Fausner

The Scoop

Galiano Island is a magical place. It’s all about cabins on cliffs, driving slow, hiking through coastal rainforests, and getting your morning coffee at the one bakery in town. You’ll find this gem via a short (and incredibly scenic) ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria, or if you want to arrive in style, via a floatplane. Perched atop a cliff is Eagle’s Nest Retreat—a beautiful property with an unbeatable view of the ocean. You’ll arrive via a winding road through the forest and once here, you’ll never want to leave.



The Space
Golden sunset light filtering through the trees, ocean breezes, deer wandering throughout the property, proximity to beautiful parks and hikes, and a cliff-side hot tub are only a few of the reasons to make this rustic spot the site of your next intimate outdoor celebration, group getaway, retreat, or workshop. The spacious main house with picture windows is nestled above the cliff, Wisteria draping from its eaves in late Spring. Behind the house, you’ll find a forest and a cozy cabin as a second sleeping spot. In front, a lawn extends out to the cliff’s edge with plenty of room for gatherings of 50-75 people.

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Eagle’s Nest has a feeling of remoteness and yet, it’s only a short 10-15 minute drive from Galiano’s main amenities and the ferry docks. You could even leave your car behind and bike here, but keep in mind that the hill to Eagle’s Nest will be a sweaty, heart-pounding, “maybe I’ll walk my bike” kind of climb. You will find peace, serenity, and unadulterated beauty here. The property is well-cared for as it is lived in by the owners when not rented out and it has a cozy charm to it. The neighbours are not close by at all, so you’ll feel like you’ve got the entire island to yourselves.
The Venue
If you’re planning on getting hitched at Eagle’s Nest, you can look forward to having a super laid-back day; you’ll be able to easily get ready on the property in the morning, and when it’s time, wander over to your cliff-side ceremony. There are many great spots to take photos on the property, but if you’re up for some adventure, a short 10 minute drive will take you to several gorgeous provincial parks. Your reception can be tented or in the open air. Set up some string lights on the lawn and dance barefoot under the stars late into the night. Shuttles can be arranged for guests through the Hummingbird Pub on the Island, or you could invite your guests to pitch a tent on the lawn and keep the party going all weekend long. If you’re looking for a celebration with a relaxed vibe and great connectivity with your most-loved ones, this is the place.
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The Sights
Ready for some adventure? If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be in your happy place—hike Mount Galiano for more incredible views or bring your bicycle and explore the entire length of the island on two wheels. Great lunch spots include the quaint Montague Harbour, tucked away on the quiet side of the Island, or the Galiano Island Inn with a gourmet menu and a view of passing ferries. You can kayak or golf in view of Orcas and other ocean life, or retreat inside and spend a rainy day reading a book by the fire.


The Event
The Eagle’s nest was the perfect spot for Scott & Alanna to tie the knot. They planned the entire day themselves and elected to keep things simple. Well, a small venue will do just that for you—with only about 50 guests in attendance, the day was carefree and the evening events were intimate. The view and property of Eagle’s Nest are so stunning, minimal decor was needed. The owners of Eagle’s Nest are laid-back—they allowed Scott & Alanna to use the venue to their vision: a DIY prosecco bar was brought on site, dinner tables were scattered at the top of the cliff, propane bonfires were brought in for guests to warm themselves in the evening, and strings of lights were set up for an open-air gather space. Working with a venue that is fairly un-restrictive is such of a breath of fresh air and it’s somewhere that creative couples like Scott & Alanna want to celebrate.

Photos: The Nickersons | Venue: Eagles Nest

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Sarah Nickerson
Vancouver, BC
Sarah is a dreamer and a storyteller. She wants to travel. Everywhere. Give her a day at the ocean and her soul is freed. Her finger is hot on the pulse of the Vancouver frozen treats scene. Passionate about making art and making friends, photography is her perfect fit. - Website

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