27th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour

October 7-9th 2023

Gabriola Island's Thanksgiving Studio Tour is one of the most extensive studio tours in the Pacific Northwest and regularly attracts hundreds of visitors from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and beyond. 

Mark your calendar. We look forward to welcoming you for the tour this Fall, during Thanksgiving weekend.

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Gabriola Studio Tour Central Gallery

Preview Gallery at Tour Central

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

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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. Located inside the Nova Art & Craft Boutique Gallery Space/Studio in the Folklife Village.

Gabriola Island

Gabriola Island, 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.

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.

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History of the Studio Tour

Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 27 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. GAC’s signature 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 Festival, a 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.

The Gabriola Arts Council’s future is bright, as more artists in all disciplines make Gabriola Island home, and more arts lovers, supporters, and consumers embrace the great Gabriola art vibe.


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