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As a child, Jesse Keefer was introduced to the splendour of the natural world on weekends with his father, who built more than 100 km of trails through the UBC Endowment Lands (now Pacific Spirit Park) in Vancouver. 

 

He first visited Galiano Island, an hour by ferry off the coast of B.C., to go horseback riding with his family. He was eight. “I remember we were driving through dark cedar woods, and then this big blue sky opened up. That’s my first memory of Bodega Ridge.”

 

The owner of the 22-acre property had built a rustic lodge, seven cabins, and a barn with horses. As a teenager Jesse visited Galiano often—cycling the island, horseback riding, camping at Montague Park—and kept being drawn back to Bodega. 

Over the years, Bodega has become a popular venue for companies such as Lululemon, Arc’teryx, Vega, Estee Lauder, Canada Goose, and Earls—as well as travellers from around the world. When guests are not busy with corporate matters, there’s no end of things to do and explore. 

Jesse is always happy to share his love and intimate knowledge of the island, crafting custom itineraries. Kayaking and mountain biking. Jogging to Pebble Beach for a summer swim. Visiting Dionisio Park during wildflower season. Foraging for chanterelles in the fall. Enjoying a picnic lunch atop Mount Galiano, with its spectacular view over the Southern Gulf and San Juan Islands. 

 

“I want people to have an exceptional experience,” he says. “We’ve put together a staff who share our values and have the same long-term vision. My wife and I are raising our daughter here, and we want Edie to learn about community, sustainability, food security—how everything fits together.”

 

The food-and-beverage program shows a commitment to local suppliers—small craft breweries and Vancouver Island wineries, fresh seafood, vegetables from Sunshine Farms and Cable Bay Farm—to say nothing of Bodega’s own fruit trees and burgeoning garden. No wonder so many fine chefs (including Jesse McCleery, Joel Watanabe, Alex Ploughman, Nico Schuermans, and David Gunawan) have taken a turn in the kitchen. 

 

“One day we’ll be self-sustaining,” says Jesse. “Chickens, sheep, a bigger organic garden, our own vineyard. Solar power. A zero-waste kitchen. We’ve started milling our own wood and making our own furniture. We’ll do metal fabrication, ceramics. People who come back after a few years always comment on how much Bodega has changed. But really, we’ve just begun to explore the potential of this property.”

 

At Bodega Cove, the sister property down the road from Bodega Ridge, Jesse is building out the next stage of his vision. Last year he transformed the original cabins into stunning fusions of modern and rustic. Next step will be an oceanside restaurant and bar, with rooms upstairs. And finally a dock, for easy access to both properties.

 

There's something so magical about galiano island and bodega ridge. the hospitality here is phenomenal. It is a hidden gem where time slips away, the pressures and anxieties of daily-living melts off your shoulders, and you don't even have to think much because you're so well taken care of. I have been visiting bodega ridge for several years now and every time I leave a different person. treat yourself here to create more space for yourself and those you love. I cannot recommend it enough.

Casey-Jo Loos

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120 Manastee Road

 Galiano Island , BC V0N 1P0       

Telephone 1-877-604-2677     

 

Office Hours 9-5

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