Gabriola Island is also called The Isle of the Arts because it is the location of a 10 day annual arts festival for fine arts, painting, theatre arts, poetry, printmaking and more, every spring. Gabriola Island is also called Petroglyph Island because of the many ancient native stone carvings.
The island has a serene rural atmosphere with secluded beaches and beautiful forested parks. There are spectacular ocean views around every turn. The shoreline is sandstone and people can almost walk around the island. The locals have a thriving cottage industry of handmade items, pots, soap, clothing and other crafts. There is also a Farmer’s Market from May to Thanksgiving on Saturdays that offers fresh produce, crafts and baked goods. It welcomes patrons from the surrounding islands as well as visitors.
The public campgrounds in the forests are very well maintained and visitors can kayak around the island in a sea kayak that is more stable and safer than a canoe to get close to the sea life, birds and the fascinating sandstone caves on the shoreline. Sea kayaks have plenty of room for gear. Visitors can bring their own kayaks on the BC Ferries free of charges. The water on the southern side of the island is calm and perfect for kayaking. The launch is at Silva Bay. (more…)