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The "fun" bus driver from the Hummingbird Pub.

The “fun” bus driver from the Hummingbird Pub.

The Hummingbird Pub has been a fixture and destination for boaters in B.C.’s Gulf Islands for decades. Any time we were near Galiano Island, we’d make a bee line for Montague Harbor, drop the hook and dinghy over to ride the Hummingbird Pub bus for a great dinner. The bus ride was famous for being crazily entertaining, with the bus driver playing percussion to the wild music and dancing as if hanging from a stripper pole.

Sadly, that era has passed. The bus ride over and back this time was tame and boring. Apparently the “fun” bus driver retired (pictured left) and the new driver just doesn’t have his sense of adventure. The food at the pub is still good, but I’m not sure it’s worth the trip any more.

The Hummingbird Pub on Galiano Island, B.C.

The Hummingbird Pub on Galiano Island, B.C.


Fortunately, Montague Marine Park is still a great place to explore and spend a couple of days. There are lots of interesting tide pools along the beach and plentiful wildlife. There are always a LOT of boats in the harbor, but there is always room to anchor.

My favorite critter for this trip was the driftwood deer we found hiding along the loop trail. Very clever!

Montague Harbor Marine Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Gulf Islands.

Montague Harbor Marine Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Gulf Islands.

Driftwood deer on the Loop Trail.

Driftwood deer on the Loop Trail.

Great Blue Heron hunting along the tide pools.

Great Blue Heron hunting along the tide pools.

Nordhavn 47, Sea Eagle at Sunset in Montague Harbor.

Nordhavn 47, Sea Eagle at Sunset in Montague Harbor.

Sunset over Trincomali Channel, just north of Montague Harbor

Sunset over Trincomali Channel, just north of Montague Harbor