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25th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour

October 9-11, 2021

Join us October 9th through 11th on Gabriola Island for our annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour.

Studios will be open to the public from 10am-5pm each day of the tour.

This year 67 artists are participating in the Tour in 58 different studios. While some have physical studios, others might share their work with you on their kitchen table or in their workshop. It's all about the art, not the space. 

See participating studios
Gabriola Studio Tour Central Gallery

Tour Central is open from October 7th to 11th

Join us at Tour Central to view the Preview Gallery in the pop up gallery at Folklife Village. The Preview Gallery boasts a piece from almost every artist and gives you a chance to sample what the Tour has in store for you. Learn more

Address: 575 North Road, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X5

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Map of Participating Studios

Studios participating in the Studio Tour are numbered #1-71. See full listing of participating studios here.

Getting to Gabriola Island

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  Click here for the ferry schedule.

You can also get here by float plane directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola.

Visit hellogabriola.ca for more info.

Where to Stay

The Haven will be offering accommodations from October 7th – 11th at a 10% discount. Spend thanksgiving on Gabriola Island at the Haven’s oceanfront property and wake up to the sound of nature.   Learn more.

Book your room and find out more by calling 250 247 9211 x 0 or 1 800 222 9211 x 0 or send an email to info@haven.ca

Helpful Tips for the Tour:

1. Be mindful of safety protocols when visiting an artist or a business on Gabriola.

2. Wear comfortable and practical shoes—many roads and driveways are unpaved

3. Watch for Studio numbers to help find the address of the artist you are visiting

4. Keep yourself hydrated and fed by visiting one of Gabriola’s restaurants, or get something from Nesters and bring to the beach (take your garbage with you when you leave)

5. Watch for deer and turkeys when driving around the island.

6. If you see a car with its four-way flashers going —move over, they are a first responder.

History of the Studio Tour

Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 25 years ago, and it continues to be one of the grandest art events in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019 more than 900 visitors from near and far enjoyed the Tour Central Preview Gallery.

Gabriola Arts Council

The Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) has been supporting the arts on Gabriola Island for more than 20 years. Gabriola—a rural community with a high proportion of professional artists—ranks sixth across Canada for concentration of artists in the workforce. Artists are key to the island’s cultural, economic, and social fabric, and GAC aims to support artists and increase accessibility of the arts for people of all ages – both residents and visitors alike. 

GAC’s principal events include the Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival—featuring ten days of hands-on arts-based workshops and events—and Cultivate, a community-based weekend festival of music, theatre and art.

GAC also offers the Healing Power of Art Program, supported by the Kitty Heller Fund, where individuals share life’s challenges through art within community to support health and well-being. GASP!—the Gabriola Artist Support Program, offers financial support to artists for the pursuit of creative projects and learning opportunities.