Photo by Della Finney

Photo by Della Finney

The Art of Island Living...

Considering moving here? Gabriola will provide. Read on and browse our website to learn more about the benefits of life on Gabriola.

We are one of the most logistically well-connected small islands on the coast. Gabriola has regular float plane service from Silva Bay to Vancouver International Airport and a regular commuter ferry to Nanaimo that runs from early morning to late evening, seven days a week.

Greater Nanaimo is only 20 minutes away and with a population of over 100,000 it's a major shopping hub and home of the Vancouver Island University, the Port Theatre, a full-service regional hospital, and aquatic and ice centres. The Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is only a 15 minute drive south after disembarking from the Gabriola Ferry. Nanaimo is also the terminus for two major ferry routes from the Lower Mainland and has daily float plane service to downtown Vancouver. For skiers and snowboarders, the Mount Washington Ski resort is only two hours away. 

Our Island also offers tremendous value on real estate prices compared to other major cities and other south Vancouver Island markets; a wide selection of home builders, designers and household maintenance providers; legal and professional services; a new urgent care medical facility; home support and wellness services. There are vocational institutes, a public elementary school (Grade K-7 with high school in Nanaimo), tremendous recreational programs and a seniors' activity centre. Retiring? Raising a family? Able to work from home? Whatever your stage of life, this is the perfect community and lifestyle for you.