A native of Vancouver, Jesse was a regular visitor to Galiano Island since he was a child. He purchased the Bodega Ridge property in 2005 and has been welcoming his own visitors ever since. Whether you are enjoying a quiet couples weekend or are part of a large event, Jesse will go the extra mile to make you feel at home.
Prior to his involvement in Bodega Ridge, Jesse was a competitive cyclist competing in elite level races in both mountain and road biking. Jesse is one of the few athletes to earn medals in both road and mountain biking at the Canadian National Championships and won over 40 races in a career that spanned over 10 years, when he wasn’t injured, his bike wasn’t broken or he was upside down in a mud puddle. Jesse has been on Galiano for 6 years and has been visiting since he was a child. Please be sure to track him down and ask him where all the best areas are for outdoor fun on the island.
Even in the paradise that is the Gulf Islands, Bodega Ridge stands out for its spectacular location and natural beauty. Located near the Northwest tip of Galiano Island, Bodega Ridge is an idyllic setting for retreats, corporate events and weddings.
The seven bright, spacious log cabins and the main lodge which make up the resort are situated on 22 acres of pristine coastal land ideal for year-round recreation. Guests can directly access the hike up to the Bodega Ridge Provincial Park which gives the resort its name right from their door and or just kick back and enjoy magnificent views of Trincomali channel and sunsets over Vancouver Island without leaving the resort.
Positioned in the rain shadow of the Vancouver Island mountains, Galiano Island enjoys significantly less rain than the mainland and most of coastal BC. The West Coast of Galiano Island is dotted with many protected lands and parks and guests can use any of three beach accesses within a kilometre of the resort. The gently sloping terrain of the property has extensive landscaping, ponds, native plants and rock sculpture. It’s bright and sunny with spectacular meadows, arbutus trees, orchids and wildflowers. There are numerous productive grape vines and fruit trees including fig, pear, plum, peach, apple, kiwi and cherry. The lodge, dining hall and cabins have all been positioned to take advantage of the amazing sunsets.
Bodega has seven charming, self-contained log cabins, all with three bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bath. Each cabin sleeps six comfortably, and all bedrooms have a queen-size bed with dreamy pillow-top mattress. Take in the view from your cedar deck, have a long soak in the tub, or curl up in front of the woodstove. Each cabin is a home away from home and guests can enjoy as much privacy as they desire.
For visitors who want a little more physical activity, Galiano Island offers a wide variety of superb hiking and biking in a number of parks and protected areas. The Bodega Ridge Team can also arrange boat charters for fishing and sightseeing and Galiano Island even offers a 9-hole course set amid the lush scenery.
Bodega Ridge has hired Josh Blumenthal as it’s executive chef for 2017. Josh graduated with honours from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts after which Josh split his time between some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants (West, Wildebeest, Bishop’s and Michelin starred kitchens in London and Copenhagen.
Josh’s diverse range of talents include being classically trained as butcher and local food proponent with an interest in developing a farm at Bodega Ridge. Prior to signing with Bodega Ridge, Josh has been busy with Elementa,of which he is a co-founder of, a collective of young culinary talents, who specialize in pop-up dinners and private events.
Bodega has a cocktail list curated by Yacine Sylla and a diverse wine list that has a strong focus on Southern Vancouver and Gulf Island offerings.
For complete information including rates, reservations, galleries and contact details, visit www.bodegaridge.com.