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.

 

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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

Click below for the
2018 Gabriola Map

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
2018
Gabriola
Visitor Guide

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

Click HERE for our monthly Community Calendar

Aug
1
Wed
2018
ART EXHIBIT: Shizen Photography by Kumiko Hawkes @ Skol Pub
Aug 1 @ 11:30 AM – Sep 12 @ 6:00 PM
ART EXHIBIT: Shizen Photography by Kumiko Hawkes @ Skol Pub | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Exhibit | Drop-in |

The Skol pub has kindly allowed me to have an exhibition of my photography. All of the photos were taken on Gabriola.

I’m hoping a lot of people will get a chance to drop in and check them out. If you do get the chance, I hope you enjoy them.

Kumiko Hawkes

Aug
7
Tue
2018
ART EXHIBIT: Morag Orr-Stevens – Kaleidoscope 2 @ The Centre Gallery (Professional Centre)
Aug 7 @ 9:00 AM – Sep 29 @ 4:00 PM
ART EXHIBIT: Morag Orr-Stevens - Kaleidoscope 2 @ The Centre Gallery (Professional Centre) | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE EXHIBIT | Drop-in between 9am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday |

Morag Orr-Stevens has created a collection of Art Quilts and Collage Paintings.

Opening Reception on Sunday, August 12th, from 2pm – 4pm.

Artist in attendance on Fridays from 1pm – 3pm, or on request.

Aug
11
Sat
2018
ART EXHIBIT: Ya To Mi @ Hive Emporium (Upstairs Gallery)
Aug 11 @ 6:30 PM – Sep 2 @ 5:00 PM
ART EXHIBIT: Ya To Mi @ Hive Emporium (Upstairs Gallery) | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Exhibit | Drop-in during Regular Business Hours |

The title of the show, Yatomi, came out of a word play by using the first two letters of the artists’ names. Yatomi is  “a person who has the potential to attain spiritual enlightenment.”

This show is about reconnection, reunion, resonance and art-making as a practice of healing and spirituality.

Yarrow Koontz, Mia Tremblay, and Tomoyo Ihaya attended at Emily Carr at the same time. They loved one another’s work ~ blink of an eye ~ 20 years later they are having an exhibition together.

Opening Reception on August 11 @ 6:30pm.

Aug
16
Thu
2018
ART WORKSHOP: Painting for the Faint of Heart by Melinda Wilde @ Gabriola Fellowship Church
Aug 16 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ART WORKSHOP: Painting for the Faint of Heart by Melinda Wilde @ Gabriola Fellowship Church | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Cost: $60 (includes supplies) | Contact Melinda Wilde at 250-247-8852 or melinda@melindawilde.com to register |

If you think you are not creative, you only do stick men, you aren’t sure which end of the brush to use:
I WANT YOU !!!!

Join me for this 3-hour rank-beginner watercolour class. Loads of techniques taught, tons of fun! $60 includes your supplies.

I will pick up Nanaimoites off the ferry and return you for the 12:35 back to Nanaimo.

RECREATION: Kayaking for Kids @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area
Aug 16 @ 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
RECREATION: Kayaking for Kids @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area

Cost: $130 for week; or $30 per day | Online booking available or register at GRS Office | Drop-ins ok, space permitting | Ages 7 – 15 |

Sea kayak paddling skills, marine safety, tides, weather, natural history, outdoor leadership, experiential games and activities. Learning made fun and memorable! BYO lunch, sunscreen, hat, swimsuit, water shoes, towel.

Silva Bay Kayak Adventures, GRS and Descanso Bay Regional Park have teamed up! Kids camps and guided tours will be offered out of the campground’s day use area. Kids camps are for all ages/abilities. Tours are family friendly, informative and fun!  Kayaks, lifejackets provided.

  • No experience necessary! Guides will teach you all you need to know.
  • Drop-ins ok, space permitting. Must arrive 15 minutes in advance to register.
  • Cancelled if wind is +20 knots. Confirm programs are on: 250-247-8939; text 250-714-9878.

To ensure a spot for your child, register in advance at the Gabriola Recreation Society website, or in person at the GRS office, by the previous Friday at 4 p.m.

ADULT PROGRAM: French Conversation Circle @ Gabriola Library
Aug 16 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
ADULT PROGRAM: French Conversation Circle @ Gabriola Library | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Drop-in | Everyone Welcome!

Join our French conversation circle at the Gabriola Island library. This is a free event designed especially for those who want to keep up their French language skills.

GABRIOLA 2018 CULTIVATE FESTIVAL @ Gabriola Commons
Aug 16 @ 1:00 PM – Aug 19 @ 8:30 PM
GABRIOLA 2018 CULTIVATE FESTIVAL @ Gabriola Commons | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Tickets: Prices range from $16 (Early Worm – One Theatre Show) to $210 (Full Festival Pass) | Available online and at the Ticket Booth at the Folklife Village |

Check out the many FREE performances available.

Cultivate is a new festival, but grows from the seeds of the Gabriola Theatre Festival, which ran for 9 years, and the Gabriola Music Festival, which started in 2017. It’s the latest event from the Gabriola Arts Council, which began its life 21 years ago as “Festival Gabriola”.

Our dream for this festival is to:

Cultivate live performance – We believe in in-the-flesh and 3D! We believe that something special happens between performer and audience that just can’t be digitized. We carefully select diverse performances for Gabriola Island soil.

Cultivate community – Cultivate is where friends and families from Gabriola and away can share experiences of celebration, dance, art, and reflection.  It’s a place to connect, to hang out, and to play. We strive for a welcoming, inclusive space, with something for every age, and every economic circumstance.

Cultivate The Commons – Along with other local events, Cultivate Theatre+Music+Art Festival supports the Gabriola Commons as an open, vibrant gathering place on our island. We believe that culture is something we create together and that we all can participate in.

Cultivate creativity – We think something amazing happens when we bring together music, theatre, and art to cross-pollinate and intertwine. We want to bring together Gabriola’s music and theatre communities with off-island guests for inspiration and connection.

RECREATION: Guided Kayak Tour @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area
Aug 16 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
RECREATION: Guided Kayak Tour @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area

Cost: $60 per adult; $30 per child | Online booking available or register at GRS Office | Drop-ins ok, space permitting | All Ages |

Daily Guided Tours.  Explore the shoreline and sandstone rock formations; learn about sea creatures, plants and the intertidal zone. Each tour is individual and you can sign up for as many or few as you like.  Just pick your preferred date and time and register.

Silva Bay Kayak Adventures, GRS and Descanso Bay Regional Park have teamed up! Kids camps and guided tours will be offered out of the campground’s day use area. Kids camps are for all ages/abilities. Tours are family friendly, informative and fun!  Kayaks, lifejackets provided.

  • No experience necessary! Guides will teach you all you need to know.
  • Drop-ins ok, space permitting. Must arrive 15 minutes in advance to register.
  • Cancelled if wind is +20 knots. Confirm programs are on: 250- 247-8939; text 250-714-9878.

To ensure your spot, register in advance at the Gabriola Recreation Society website, or in person at the GRS office, by the previous Friday at 4 p.m.

MUSIC: Concert on the Lawn with Frank Sehr and Friends @ Surf Lodge
Aug 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
MUSIC: Concert on the Lawn with Frank Sehr and Friends @ Surf Lodge | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Event | Drop-in or Call Surf Lodge (250-247-9231) for dinner reservations |

A new weekly live music event at the Surf.

The Concert on the Lawn.

No cover charge, tips welcome.

Every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm on the lawn just before John Gresham’s jam.

Hosted by Frank Sehr with special guests. This week I will be joined by Rick Cranston, Fraser Gabbot and hopefully in the second set by Jake Galbraith.

See you on the lawn 🙂

RECREATION: Sunset Kayak Tour @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area
Aug 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
RECREATION: Sunset Kayak Tour @ Descanso Bay Regional Park - Day Use Area

Cost: $35 per person | Online booking available or register at GRS Office | Drop-ins ok, space permitting | All Ages |

Daily Guided Tours.  With it’s western exposure, paddling in the golden evening light at Descanso Bay is an ideal place to catch the sunset. Each tour is individual and you can sign up for as many or few as you like.  Just pick your preferred date and time and register.

Silva Bay Kayak Adventures, GRS and Descanso Bay Regional Park have teamed up! Kids camps and guided tours will be offered out of the campground’s day use area. Kids camps are for all ages/abilities. Tours are family friendly, informative and fun!  Kayaks, lifejackets provided.

  • No experience necessary! Guides will teach you all you need to know.
  • Drop-ins ok, space permitting. Must arrive 15 minutes in advance to register.
  • Cancelled if wind is +20 knots. Confirm programs are on: 250- 247-8939; text 250-714-9878.

To ensure your spot, register in advance at the Gabriola Recreation Society website, or in person at the GRS office, by the previous Friday at 4 p.m.

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