About Gabriola

Gabriola is a small island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. According to a 2011 study conducted on behalf of Canada Council for the Arts, Gabriola Island ranks sixth across Canada with respect to concentration of artists in the local workforce (5.8% compared to the national average of 0.8%). Those numbers ring true today.

Whether you stroll among the giant cedar trees in the Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey) Nature Reserve, kayak the beautiful sandstone shores, wonder at the rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, or enjoy a walk along one of the many beaches, Gabriola is rich in natural wonders. This richness is the perfect backdrop for any artist and provides inspiration to many.

Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, BC or a float plane trip from Vancouver to our very own Silva Bay. Come and enjoy what Gabriola has to offer, the creativity of nature and the inspired vision of the many artists who call it home.

About GAC

The Gabriola Arts Council’s mission is to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.

Originally formed as Festival Gabriola Society on April 15, 1997, the organization became the Gabriola Arts Council effective October 19, 2006. We are a not-for-profit society under the Society’s Act, and a charitable organization under the Charities Directorate. We represent a broad section of the arts community on Gabriola. The “Isle of the Arts,” Gabriola is home to more than 200 artists and artisans who contribute to the cultural diversity of the island.

Our central programs include the annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival, the Cultivate Festival of Music, Theatre, and Art and our Healing Power of Arts program. We have collaborated in or contributed to the creation of other arts-related events throughout the years such as poetry, musical performances and concerts, workshops and other educational forums. The Council also provides funding for artists through the Gabriola Artist Support Program and works with community groups on a regular basis.

Together we cultivate the arts on Gabriola Island.