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Gabriola, British Columbia

Gabriola is one of the largest, most prominent of the southern Gulf islands in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The island is found in the Regional District of Nanaimo and has a population of over 4,000.

Cottage Delight

Gabriola is known for its great weather, boating, fishing, music, and more. It's also home to many beautiful parks. In the winter, such animals as The Scoter, Bufflehead, Goldeneye, and Harlequin Duck may be found.

What's a Petroglyph?

A petroglyph is basically a rock carving. You'll find petroglyphs carved by the island's aboriginals that are thousands of years old all over the island - making Gabriola one big art museum! In particular, check out the sandstone carvings in the small park of the Gabriola Museum, and in the Sandwell Provincial Park.

You can participate in your own artistic activities by competing in the Sand Sculpture Competition, or partaking in the Thanksgiving Weekend Studio and Gallery Tour, where you can be both artist and tourist.

What Else is There To Do?

Shopping! Conveniently close to the Ferry Terminal is the Folklife Village. Other shopping destinations include the Twin Beaches Mall and Silva Bay, which are on opposite ends of the island.

Charge Your Camera Batteries

You'll find great photo opportunities all over the island: for example, the Arbutus tree, Descanso Bay, and the Malaspina Galleries.

Gabriola Bird Trivia

Q.The Nainamo-Gabriola area sees many different kinds of birds. Can you guess what some of them are?
A.Thrushers, Flickers, Bald Eagle, European Starling, Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Black Tumstone, Ruddy Tumstone, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and more!

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October 20, 2013


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