Gabriola is also known as the “Isle of the Arts” because of the dozens of painters, potters, woodcarvers, jewelers, book writers and other artists creating all around the island. No visit to Gabriola would be complete without a tour of one or more of their studios or at least a visit to one of the galleries where many pieces are available for sale. Gabriola is famous for its Thanksgiving Weekend Studio Tour during which over 60 island artisans open their doors and showcase their works. Look for the 5 foot yellow flag letting you know the artist is in and the studio is open.
Throughout the year, there are dozens of events happening on the island whether it be a theatrical or musical production, book launches, or cheese making workshops that one can take in. There are annual events such as the Isle of the Arts Festival, the Poetry Gabriola Festival and the Gabriola Theatre Festival, Concert on the Green, Home & Garden Tour that must be seen.
Gabriola’s very active visual and performing arts community attracts more artists each year who join the stimulating atmosphere generated on the island.
The island is proud to boast its own Gabriola Museum that began life as a vision in 1986 and, through the tireless efforts of a small group of island volunteers, became a reality in 1995.The museum tells the story of Gabriola Island through special exhibits, displays, lectures, presentations and tours. This story includes the island’s geology, geography, flora, fauna, and marine environment, as well as the island’s history, emphasizing the way in which Coast Salish people, European explorers, post-contact pioneers and recent inhabitants have related to its natural setting and earlier history.
For kids of all ages, there is the Paradise Island Alpaca farm that is open to the public for tours and a farm shop featuring Alpaca wool products. Or how about visiting the many Farm Gates for a wide selection of island grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, eggs and meats? Look for the 5 foot green flag letting you know the farmer is at home ready to show you the freshest of produce.
Restaurants & pubs
With the many Gabriola restaurants, pubs and cafes available, there is ample opportunity to sample the island foods, relax with a beverage and perhaps enjoy some local entertainment.
Shops & services
Gabriola has a variety of boutiques and galleries along with stores for the more essentials. Groceries to hardware, outdoor gear to house wares, health stores to recycle depots. Shop local and support our island economy.
Once you have been to visit, you just may not want to leave. The true bliss of living on an island is not having to leave! Island living is a very special experience for vacationing, retirement, or as a location for your business. On Gabriola Island, you will find a slow-paced approach to living the good life in an uncommonly beautiful area. For more information on our island lifestyle and how you might make it yours, stay at Page’s and we’ll connect you with our island resident Realtors. We will all help you find that little island gem you have been looking for.
If you are visiting without a vehicle, or even if you are and would like a different perspective, Gabriola has a few options for you.
Right at Page’s Resort we rent 49cc scooters and 21-speed mountain bikes.
Gabriola also has a community shuttle bus and a taxi service that is available for you.
Read the October 2016 issue of Pacific Yachting feature on Gabriola Island - Gunkholing Gabriola by Cherie Theissen.
Gunkholing is a boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes.