VISITING GABRIOLA

VISITING GABRIOLA

Welcome to
Gabriola Island

Isle of the Arts: Our regular ferry and float plane services provide easy access to Gabriola from Nanaimo and Vancouver. With one of the best climates in Canada, plus beaches, parks, ocean views and sunsets, Gabriola is one of BC's top destinations to visit and live.

Unwind, do some beachcombing, play on the water, visit the local galleries and shops, hike, bike, enjoy the Gabriola culture and create memories with friends and family.

 

Gabriola
Visitor Centre

#6 - 480 North Road,
Gabriola BC V0R 1X0
Phone: 250-247-9332
Toll-free: 1-888-284-9332

SUMMER SEASON HOURS - Canada Day to Labour Day
Daily 10am - 6pm

OFF-SEASON HOURS - Labour Day to Victoria Day
Thur & Fri 10am - 12pm
Sat 10am - 2pm

SPRING SEASON HOURS - Victoria Day to June 30
Fri, Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm

FIRE BAN in effect
A fire ban is currently in effect on Gabriola Island.
(updated July 17, 2017)Fire Ban In Effect on Gabriola IslandPlease help keep our island safe. No fires!
Click the icon above for more information from the
Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department.

Gabriola Island Distances:

♦ Length of the island = 14.5 km (9 mi)
♦ Width of the island = 4.5 km (2.8 mi)

Road Distances from the Gabriola Ferry Dock

♦ To Visitor Centre & Village core = 1 km (.6 mi)
♦ To Orlebar Point = 5.3 km (3.3 mi)
♦ To Silva Bay via North Rd = 12.7 km (7.9 mi)
♦ To Silva Bay via South Rd = 15.4 km (9.6 mi)
♦ Full circle via North/South Rds = 28.1 km (17.5 mi)

Check out our
*NEW*
Gabriola
Visitor Guide

Click below for the
2017 Gabriola Map

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Click to see inside

LOOK What's coming up on Gabriola Island ...

Click HERE for our monthly Community Calendar

Jun
13
Tue
2017
ART EXHIBIT: Tidelines by Sue Vohanka @ Gabriola Professional Centre Gallery
Jun 13 @ 9:00 AM – Aug 5 @ 4:00 PM
ART EXHIBIT: Tidelines by Sue Vohanka @ Gabriola Professional Centre Gallery | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Art Show | Quilts and Textile Art inspired by the Sea by Sue Vohanka.

Jul
14
Fri
2017
ART EXHIBIT: Deborah Dallyn “Il n’est jamais trop tard” @ Hive Emporium (Upstairs Gallery)
Jul 14 – Jul 31 all day
ART EXHIBIT: Deborah Dallyn "Il n'est jamais trop tard" @ Hive Emporium (Upstairs Gallery) | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

(It’s never too late) Pop Art Riffs, Forgotten Stories, Pilfered Dreams and Muffled Prayers.

Deborah Dallyn ‘s forthcoming show at The Hive Emporium Gallery is an eclectic look at life in 2017.  Engaging with the landscape could be said to be a spiritual act, but now it has become a political one.  Governed by these opposing forces, using a wide variety of media, Deborah produces work which is unafraid to look at current issues.

 Using items which others have left  behind, she manipulates familiar items to give them new meaning. In her ongoing series titled “Rescue Remedies,” she makes use of found wooden travelling boxes.  She alludes to the universality of differing religious experience. This is coupled with a collection of finely crafted, witty handmade spoons, as a symbol of good luck and generosity. Boats feature widely in her work, as symbols of our constant drive for  new experiences.  Also as symbols of hope and, as in ancient times, a way to travel between this world and the next.

 In this time when there are more people on the move than ever before, manipulated landscape photographs similarly evoke ideas of never being quite content  with where we are, and searching beyond for… who knows what?  In this age of uncertainty, Dallyn urges us to look beyond our horizons.

Jul
21
Fri
2017
ART SESSION: Gabriola Palette People @ Rollo Seniors Centre
Jul 21 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ART SESSION: Gabriola Palette People @ Rollo Seniors Centre | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Drop-in: $2.00 for Members | $5 for Visitors | Please go to palettepeople.blogspot.ca for more information about Membership & Art Sessions.

Art sessions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 12 pm. Members may paint on Tuesday and Friday afternoons until 4 pm provided the Gabriola Senior Citizens’ Association does not require use of the Rollo Centre. Members may use oil paints either day provided that the oil paints are water-soluble or odorless solvents are used.

 

The Rainforest Circus Submerged @ The Commons
Jul 21 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Rainforest Circus Submerged @ The Commons | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Cost: $10 per day | To register email Kelly Foley at kelly@deercrossingtheartfarm.org. Artists from the Rainforest Circus will visit Gabriola Island  to host a week-long Circus Camp. Participants will explore creative themes for the development of their own version of The Rainforest Circus—Submerged, inspired by the story of water.  Artists will work with community members to develop their stories into circus productions, incorporating acrobatics, clowning, music, visual arts and physical theatre.

NO Experience necessary! Just a willingness to play and submerge yourself into a collaborative process.

KAYAKING: Sunset Paddle @ Silva Bay Kayak Adventures - Dockside @ Silva Bay Inn
Jul 21 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
KAYAKING: Sunset Paddle @ Silva Bay Kayak Adventures - Dockside @ Silva Bay Inn | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Cost: $25 per person | Fun, social tour exploring the shoreline of the Flat Top Islands while checking out harbor seals, eagles, and much more. Includes your choice of sea kayak or standup paddleboard. No reservations necessary. Drop in 15 min before each event starts. Please call 250-247-8939 to reserve for large groups. BYO boat for a social, fun paddle for FREE!

Jul
22
Sat
2017
WORKSHOP: Painting for the Faint of Heart @ Gabriola TBA
Jul 22 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WORKSHOP: Painting for the Faint of Heart @ Gabriola TBA

Cost: $60 supplies included | $50 bring your own supplies | Class Level: Beginner | To register: melinda@melindawilde.com | This is a great way to splash into the marvelous medium of watercolours!  Fun, fast paced, guaranteed to walk away with something you can frame!  Ages 8 to 108!  If you love watercolours but have been away from the medium for a while, this is a wonderful jump start.

Farmer’s Market @ AGI Hall
Jul 22 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Farmer's Market @ AGI Hall | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Event | Fresh Produce, Art, Crafts, and more … Every Saturday Starting May 20 thru to Thanksgiving Weekend. Summer hours are extended to 2pm.

2nd Annual Grow & Show @ Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre
Jul 22 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2nd Annual Grow & Show @ Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Event | General Public is welcome and encouraged to participate. Entry drop-off from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. Melinda Wilde demo at 1:30pm. Master Gardeners available for Q & A. Three People’s Choice Awards will cap off the event.

AUTHOR TALK: Roberta Rich’s “A Trial in Venice” @ Gabriola Library
Jul 22 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
AUTHOR TALK: Roberta Rich's "A Trial in Venice" @ Gabriola Library | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Drop-in | Please join Roberta Rich as she transports you to 16th century Venice in her latest book, A Trial in Venice. The event is free, drop in, and there will be free refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

KAYAKING: Taste of Gabriola Tour @ Silva Bay Kayak Adventures - Dockside @ Silva Bay Inn
Jul 22 @ 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
KAYAKING: Taste of Gabriola Tour @ Silva Bay Kayak Adventures - Dockside @ Silva Bay Inn | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Cost: $55 per adult; $40 per child | Take the morning to check out the Farmers Market and catch the 1:30 Gertie bus from the village to get to Silva Bay for the 2:30 start of a 3-hour guided tour. Explore the shoreline and head to an island with time to beachcomb or swim, before we paddle back to the dock. Includes your choice of sea kayak or standup paddleboard. No reservations necessary. Drop in 15 min before each event starts. Please call 250-247-8939 to reserve for large groups. BYO boat for a social, fun paddle for FREE!

© 2017 Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce - PO Box 249, Gabriola BC V0R 1X0 - Ph: 250-247-9332 - Toll-free: 1-888-284-9332 - Email: info@gabriolaisland.org