Gabriola Island

What is Gabriola Island known for?


summer people

-1980s, the population was 2,000, half the current figure. In summer, the island's population greatly increases. Even in the first half of the 20th century, families came from Nanaimo or Vancouver to spend weeks or months living a simpler, rural life on the island. In the 21st century, about come to Gabriola each year for the sun, music, art, and relaxed pace, and they raise the population temporarily to about 6,000. Apart from farming, Gabriola


fishing history

an established community spread around the island. On the island, housing, roads, shopping centres, restaurants, a library, an elementary school, and a museum are found. Its cultural life includes annual festivals related to art, poetry, gardens, music, boating, and fishing. History Pre-contact Gabriola is part of the traditional territory of the Snunéymux (Snuneymuxw First Nation),


species live

such as the black turnstone and ruddy turnstone frequent the island as do garden birds such as the ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, thrush (Thrush (bird))es, warblers, pileated woodpeckers, and flicker (Northern flicker)s. The bald eagle, European starling, and turkey vulture are common year round. More than 250 bird species live in or migrate through the Nanaimo–Gabriola area. In early September 2005, an automobile accident knocked out phone service to about 70 TELUS customers on Gabriola Island, one of whom required a direct 9-1-1 line due to a medical condition. A standoff ensued when picketing TWU members refused to allow a specialized TELUS repair truck onto the island, with TELUS accusing the TWU of endangering the lives of its customers. The situation was resolved the following week when TELUS crews were flown to the island instead via helicopter; the crews, however, were only able to make rudimentary repairs to the facilities. (The temporary repairs resulted in telephone wires being left on the ground, as workers were unable to attach them back on the poles.) thumb right 175px The BC Ferry "Coastal Celebration (File:Ferry MV Coastal Celebration arrival at Departure Bay (cropped).jpg)" arrives at Departure Bay on June 18, 2008, after completing a 40-day delivery voyage from Flensburg, Germany (Flensburg). Since the earliest European settlements, the area has been a relatively busy port, for itself and the surrounding communities. The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island terminates in the north at Departure Bay, where a B.C. Ferry (BC Ferries) terminal is located. Ferries out of Departure Bay connect the Trans-Canada Highway to the Lower Mainland at Horseshoe Bay (Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia). As a major connector to Vancouver, Departure Bay is the most heavily-used Island terminal north of Swartz Bay (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Whenever necessary, Departure Bay can act as a backup dock for the ferry to Gabriola Island. Between 1990 and 1997, Departure Bay was also the Island terminus for the "Mid-Island Express" route to Tsawwassen (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal), before being replaced by the newer Duke Point (Duke Point, British Columbia) terminal. Sandwell Provincial Park is a small oceanfront site at Lock Bay, on the northeast shore of Gabriola Island. Hiking, swimming and beach-walking are popular activities here. There are also petroglyphs carved into the sandstone boulders on Lock Bay's foreshore. Facilities are limited to a picnic area and a pit toilet only.


strong connection

, on North Road a few minutes beyond the ferry terminal, is the island's main shopping centre. It was bought and transferred to Gabriola after its role as the Folklife Pavilion, a tribute to Canada's native and settler cultures, in Expo 86 in Vancouver. Other shopping areas can be found at Twin Beaches Mall on the north end of the island and Silva Bay on the south end. The island has a strong connection to the city of Nanaimo. Gabriola residents often refer to Gabriola as ''The Rock'' and to Vancouver Island as ''The Big Island''. Gabriola and surrounding islands have more than 70 known petroglyphs - sandstone carvings, some of which may be as old as 2,000 years or more. In early September 2005, an automobile accident knocked out phone service to about 70 TELUS customers on Gabriola Island, one of whom required a direct 9-1-1 line due to a medical condition. A standoff ensued when picketing TWU members refused to allow a specialized TELUS repair truck onto the island, with TELUS accusing the TWU of endangering the lives of its customers. The situation was resolved the following week when TELUS crews were flown to the island instead via helicopter; the crews, however, were only able to make rudimentary repairs to the facilities. (The temporary repairs resulted in telephone wires being left on the ground, as workers were unable to attach them back on the poles.) thumb right 175px The BC Ferry "Coastal Celebration (File:Ferry MV Coastal Celebration arrival at Departure Bay (cropped).jpg)" arrives at Departure Bay on June 18, 2008, after completing a 40-day delivery voyage from Flensburg, Germany (Flensburg). Since the earliest European settlements, the area has been a relatively busy port, for itself and the surrounding communities. The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island terminates in the north at Departure Bay, where a B.C. Ferry (BC Ferries) terminal is located. Ferries out of Departure Bay connect the Trans-Canada Highway to the Lower Mainland at Horseshoe Bay (Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia). As a major connector to Vancouver, Departure Bay is the most heavily-used Island terminal north of Swartz Bay (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Whenever necessary, Departure Bay can act as a backup dock for the ferry to Gabriola Island. Between 1990 and 1997, Departure Bay was also the Island terminus for the "Mid-Island Express" route to Tsawwassen (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal), before being replaced by the newer Duke Point (Duke Point, British Columbia) terminal. Sandwell Provincial Park is a small oceanfront site at Lock Bay, on the northeast shore of Gabriola Island. Hiking, swimming and beach-walking are popular activities here. There are also petroglyphs carved into the sandstone boulders on Lock Bay's foreshore. Facilities are limited to a picnic area and a pit toilet only.


quot summer'

-1980s, the population was 2,000, half the current figure. In summer, the island's population greatly increases. Even in the first half of the 20th century, families came from Nanaimo or Vancouver to spend weeks or months living a simpler, rural life on the island. In the 21st century, about come to Gabriola each year for the sun, music, art, and relaxed pace, and they raise the population temporarily to about 6,000. Apart from farming, Gabriola


growing population

to supply the growing population of Nanaimo. By 1874, 17 settlers were working the land on Gabriola, and two-thirds of those had First Nations wives and young families. The mixed marriages resulted in part from the gender imbalance in the immigrant population


wooden sculptures

Wakan''' (born 1945) is a constructivist sculptor (sculpture) working since 1996 on Gabriola Island, in British Columbia, Canada. His sculptures are reminiscent of the work of Naum Gabo and others in the Russian Constructivist (Constructivism (art)) movement. His wooden sculptures are assembled from as many as thousands of identical pieces of wood. The unit shapes are straight edged, sometimes rectilinear, sometimes triangular, but once assembled produce curved, abstract


music art

-1980s, the population was 2,000, half the current figure. In summer, the island's population greatly increases. Even in the first half of the 20th century, families came from Nanaimo or Vancouver to spend weeks or months living a simpler, rural life on the island. In the 21st century, about come to Gabriola each year for the sun, music, art, and relaxed pace, and they raise the population temporarily to about 6,000. Apart from farming, Gabriola


event+high

Arts Council. The Shipyard School "Launch Festival" is held mid April in Silva Bay to celebrate the graduation of the students - this is a well-attended, two-day event high on the list for anyone interested in traditional wooden boats and their construction. The Dancing Man Music Festival is held in late April through early May and the Home and Garden Tour in June. The Gabriola Haiku Weekend, celebrating haiku poetry, has been held each July since 2002. The Non-Marine Boat Race, the Sand Sculpture Competition, the Annual Salmon Barbecue, and Gabriola Islander Day all occur in August. Throughout the summer, the Saturday Market at the Agricultural Hall features local produce and baked goods from the island, as well as crafts and artwork. Habonim Dror Camp Miriam, a Jewish summer camp, operates on the island from the end of June through the end of August. thumb left Pacific Madrone Arbutus (Image:Arbutus sandstone.JPG) tree and sandstone beach Folklife Village, on North Road a few minutes beyond the ferry terminal, is the island's main shopping centre. It was bought and transferred to Gabriola after its role as the Folklife Pavilion, a tribute to Canada's native and settler cultures, in Expo 86 in Vancouver. Other shopping areas can be found at Twin Beaches Mall on the north end of the island and Silva Bay on the south end. The island has a strong connection to the city of Nanaimo. Gabriola residents often refer to Gabriola as ''The Rock'' and to Vancouver Island as ''The Big Island''. Gabriola and surrounding islands have more than 70 known petroglyphs - sandstone carvings, some of which may be as old as 2,000 years or more. In early September 2005, an automobile accident knocked out phone service to about 70 TELUS customers on Gabriola Island, one of whom required a direct 9-1-1 line due to a medical condition. A standoff ensued when picketing TWU members refused to allow a specialized TELUS repair truck onto the island, with TELUS accusing the TWU of endangering the lives of its customers. The situation was resolved the following week when TELUS crews were flown to the island instead via helicopter; the crews, however, were only able to make rudimentary repairs to the facilities. (The temporary repairs resulted in telephone wires being left on the ground, as workers were unable to attach them back on the poles.) thumb right 175px The BC Ferry "Coastal Celebration (File:Ferry MV Coastal Celebration arrival at Departure Bay (cropped).jpg)" arrives at Departure Bay on June 18, 2008, after completing a 40-day delivery voyage from Flensburg, Germany (Flensburg). Since the earliest European settlements, the area has been a relatively busy port, for itself and the surrounding communities. The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island terminates in the north at Departure Bay, where a B.C. Ferry (BC Ferries) terminal is located. Ferries out of Departure Bay connect the Trans-Canada Highway to the Lower Mainland at Horseshoe Bay (Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia). As a major connector to Vancouver, Departure Bay is the most heavily-used Island terminal north of Swartz Bay (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Whenever necessary, Departure Bay can act as a backup dock for the ferry to Gabriola Island. Between 1990 and 1997, Departure Bay was also the Island terminus for the "Mid-Island Express" route to Tsawwassen (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal), before being replaced by the newer Duke Point (Duke Point, British Columbia) terminal. Sandwell Provincial Park is a small oceanfront site at Lock Bay, on the northeast shore of Gabriola Island. Hiking, swimming and beach-walking are popular activities here. There are also petroglyphs carved into the sandstone boulders on Lock Bay's foreshore. Facilities are limited to a picnic area and a pit toilet only.


oysters

(swamp lantern), and the evergreen perennial Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum). Sea creatures near Gabriola include orcas (killer whales), sea lions, seals, otters, oysters

Gabriola Island

'''Gabriola Island''' is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Gabriola lies about and a resident population of slightly more than 4,000.

Gabriola is endowed with public beaches and forests, and has an established community spread around the island. On the island, housing, roads, shopping centres, restaurants, a library, an elementary school, and a museum are found. Its cultural life includes annual festivals related to art, poetry, gardens, music, boating, and fishing.

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