Gabriola Island

Travel Guide
Gabriola Island featuring general coastal views

Discover breathtaking coastline, thrilling adventure sports and magnificent wildlife on one of the most picturesque of Victoria’s Gulf Islands.

Gabriola Island is just a narrow gap of water away from the modern metropolis of Vancouver, yet it couldn’t feel farther removed from city life. Visit to explore dense cedar tree forests and sandstone coastlines carved by the sea. Besides spectacular wilderness, the island also offers theaters, museums and restaurants.

Get an overview of the island in the Gabriola Museum. Stories from the island’s nautical past are complemented by local art displays and outdoor exhibits. Uncover the mysteries of Petroglyph Park, where ancient First Nations symbols are carved into the rock.

The small island has a thriving arts and culture scene. Watch classic movies or plays at the Roxy Lounge and Culture Club and the Gabriola Theatre Centre. Come in August to enjoy the Gabriola Theatre Festival.

Enjoy exploring nature for days. Among the most recognizable sights on the island are the Malaspina Galleries, whose wave-shaped sandstone formations were created by tidal erosion.

Take advantage of opportunities for adventure sports. Rent a kayak and paddle along the coast toward Vancouver Island or hop on a bike and head into the forests and hills of the interior.

Watch for wildlife on the coast and in the hills. The waters around Vancouver Island are home to seals, otters and whales. Head to Whalebone for sightings of eagles soaring over beaches on the Salish Sea.

Catch a ferry from Nanaimo Harbour to reach Gabriola Island. The journey takes about 25 minutes and leads directly into the bay just outside the town of Gabriola. Alternatively, ride the float plane service running from Vancouver. Once on the island, rent a bike to get around or ride the community bus, which is affectionately named Gertie.

Head to Gabriola Island in summer, when the ocean waters are balmy and welcoming. The weather is best during July and August, though this is also peak tourist season. Spring is a good time to see wildlife, while fall is a great time to try fresh produce from local harvests.

Best Western Northgate Inn
Best Western Northgate Inn
2.5 out of 5
6450 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC
The price is CA $127 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Woodgrove Shopping Centre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Long Lake. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (712 reviews)
"All good!"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2021

Best Western Northgate Inn
Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Gabriola Island, BC
Situated on the beach, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Protection Island, Vancouver Island University, and Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Nanaimo Regional ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Lovely cottage
"Lovely cottage with an ocean view. The Host contacted us 1st and was very accommodating and friendly. Everything one needs has been provided. Thx for the relaxing stay Alison!"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Coast Bastion Hotel
Coast Bastion Hotel
3.5 out of 5
11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC
The price is CA $141 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
Located in the heart of Nanaimo, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bastion and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vancouver Island University and Departure ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Jan. 3, 2022

Coast Bastion Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Gabriola Island, BC
Situated on the beach, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Protection Island, Vancouver Island University, and Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Nanaimo Regional ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Lovely cottage
"Lovely cottage with an ocean view. The Host contacted us 1st and was very accommodating and friendly. Everything one needs has been provided. Thx for the relaxing stay Alison!"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Sage Cottage at The Last Resort on Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island, B.C.
The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
3.5 out of 5
315 Robinson Road, Salt Spring Island, BC
Situated in Salt Spring Island, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saltspring Marina, Ganges Marina, and Saint Mary Lake. Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (187 reviews)
"Very difficult to locate property in the dark. Signage hard to read and no illumination on unit numbers to read in the dark. Decent bedrooms/washrooms. Kitchen area, sink, table beat up and frying pan worn out."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
1460 North Beach Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
Situated in Salt Spring Island, this beach cabin is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ganges Marina and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (202 reviews)
"In the midst of a grey and rainy week the cottage was warm and cosy with a lovely woodburning stove. The view was beautiful and the beds comfy."

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2021

Mineral Springs Resort
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