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
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

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

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
Visitor Guide

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

Click HERE for our monthly Community Calendar

ART SHOW: Fine Art by Alois @ The Centre Gallery (Professional Centre)
Oct 2 @ 10:00 AM – Nov 30 @ 4:00 PM

FREE Admission during regular office hours 10am – 4pm | Everyone Welcome!

At the age of 10, Alois Verlinden started drawing using graphite pencil. He immigrated to Canada from Belgium in 1962. In his new country, he was busy adapting to a different way of life, raising 4 children, and learning about photography. Upon retirement he focused on painting with oil, acrylic, water colour, and pastel. For the last 6 years he has concentrated on India Inc., coloured pencil, and scratch art.

Scratch art is similar to etching. It starts with a white board coated with several layers of India Inc. The subject is scratched mostly with an X-Acto knife. Almost any subject can be drawn (scratched) on the board in this way.

See Alois’ exhibit at the Professional Centre starting on October 2 and running until November 30, 2018.

RECREATION: Pajama Gym Jam (Ages 4 – 6) @ Rollo McClay Park Portable
Oct 15 @ 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Cost: $42 for 7 sessions | Register online or at GRS Office | Suitable for Ages 4 – 6 |

Do you have a young child with tons of energy? Come in your jammies and be ready for bed after playing hard with fast paced circuits, exercises and games.

Instructor Jenny Ivany is a Level 2 gymnastics coach and physical literacy specialist. This program uses simple equipment, varied exercises, fun games, and circuit based activities to enhance balance, strength, and co-ordination.

No class October 8


RECREATION: Juggling Club (Ages 10+) @ Gabriola Community Hall
Oct 15 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Cost: $Drop-in Fee | Register online or at GRS Office | Ages 6+ |

An ongoing juggling class with Trevor Gear. Learn basic toss juggling, use of flow toys, contact and partner juggling. Try different props – clubs, balls, hats, unicycles and more! Enjoy the movement and fun; get a taste for classic circus styles. Class is 30 – 60 min.; remainder for free play, experimentation, and practice.

Classes start September 24th and end December 3rd.

No class October 8.


RECREATION: Pickleball Drop-in @ Gabriola Elementary School - Gym
Oct 15 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Cost: $5 Drop-in Fee | Ages 14+ |

Three courts available; all levels welcome; volunteer run. Come try this combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis, played on a badminton sized court.

Bring your own paddle.

October 15 – December 10 (cancelled November 12).


MOVIE: Point of Order (1964) @ The Roxy
Oct 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MOVIE: Point of Order (1964) @ The Roxy | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE for Roxy Members | $5 for Non-members at the door |

Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for Private David Schine, formerly of McCarthy’s investigative staff. McCarthy accused the Army of holding Schine hostage to keep him from searching for Communists in the Army. These hearings resulted in McCarthy’s eventual censure for conduct unbecoming a senator.

A remarkable documentary of The McCarthy era – we know Trump is bad, let’s not forget his roots and remember this too shall pass. Definitely one of the most remarkable political documents of our times is also an extremely riveting film.

Doors open at 6:45pm.

MUSIC: Open Mic Mondays @ Gabriola Golf & Country Club
Oct 15 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
MUSIC: Open Mic Mondays @ Gabriola Golf & Country Club | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

FREE Admission |

Come out and play or just enjoy the music!

ART SESSION: Gabriola Palette People @ Rollo Seniors Centre
Oct 16 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ART SESSION: Gabriola Palette People @ Rollo Seniors Centre | Gabriola | British Columbia | Canada

Drop-in: $2 for Members | $5 for Visitors |

Please go to 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.


RECREATION: Peer Led Exercise Group @ Gabriola Recreation Office
Oct 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: $2 Drop-in Fee | New participants should pre-register with Suzette Delmage 250-325-1675 or |

This circuit-style exercise program is safe and supportive for those who are managing chronic health conditions. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Suzette Delmage.

ELECTION EVENT: Howard Houle Meet & Greet @ Rollo Seniors Centre
Oct 16 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Come out and meet Howard Houle, candidate for Director of the Regional District of Nanaimo Area B. Bring your questions, concerns and comments.

MEETING: Gabriola Artist/Artisan Community Project Info @ Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre
Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

FREE Event | Everyone Welcome!

Come learn more about the ÉCONOMUSÉE model and what it or another ‘homegrown model’ could look like on Gabriola. We want your input at this free community event!

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