Gabriola Island, "The Isle of the Arts" is about 14 km long by 4.2 km wide with an estimated population of 4000. A vehicle and passenger ferry from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island operates 17 times daily with a sailing time of 20 minutes. Boaters can find moorage, fuel, showers, marine repairs at Silva Bay; a government wharf located in Degnen Bay.

Blessed with many beaches and three provincial waterfront parks, Gabriola Island is the Queen of the Gulf Islands, where wildlife abounds and the recreation and relaxation opportunities are plentiful.

Gabriola Sands Provincial Park features two sandy beaches - Taylor Bay Beach, well treed and shady with lovely views of the mountains and Pilot Bay Beach, safe swimming for the whole family. Sandwell Provincial Park features a secluded pebble and sand beach in Lock Bay. Old growth trees along a sandstone path lead down to the beach and a marsh which is home to many species of birds. Drumbeg Provincial Park is located at the southeastern tip of the island surrounding Drumbeg Bay. Picnic area and safe swimming from the pebble beach. Brickyard Beach - plenty of clams and a picnic area on False Narrows.

Things to do:

Golf on the scenic and challenging 9-hole course. Shop at the farmer's market for fresh produce May through September, every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Groceries, gifts and boating needs can also be found at several shopping centres on Gabriola. Tour local craft galleries and private studios for unique gifts and see the works of Gabriola's noted artisans and craftspeople. Experience Gabriola's long and colourful history, evidenced by local treasure such as the petroglyphs located near Degnen Bay and at Gabriola's own museum. Study tidepools at Brickyard Beach or follow the sandstone-lined path to the beach at Sandwell Provincial Park. Explore the amazing Malspina Galleries, world-famous cave-like sandstone formations, and enjoy the spectacular views of the Mainland and Entrance Island Light Station from Olebar Point. Cruise, kayak or canoe in the natural harbours of Silva Bay and Degnen Bay.

Annual Island events include the Salmon Barbecue, the Concert on the Green and the Pan-Am Gulf Tournament, all in August. The Outhouse Race and Gabriola Islander Day in September, and the Thanksgiving Weekend Gallery Tour.

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