Welcome to the Gabriola Museum
505 South Road – just up the hill from the ferry
The Gift Shop is OPEN
We feature local Gabriola artists
Welcome to the Gabriola Museum
Gabriola Museum Summer Programming 2018
Wild Wednesdays at the Museum
Join us for story-telling and informal talks about Gabriola Island’s natural history.
Suitable for all ages.
July 4 to August 29, 2018: 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Please join us at the picnic tables outside the museum and bring a lunch if you wish. Be careful not to step on the petroglyphs! In case of rain, we will move into the museum.
July 4: Our Home and Native Plants
Not all the plants you see on the island are native to this place. Which ones evolved here, and how have they adapted to Gabriola’s environment? Finish with a tour of the museum’s native plant garden guided by an expert who can answer your questions.
Storyteller and Plant Guide: Susan Yates
July 11: Humans, Nature, and Human Nature
Humans have been part of the Gabriola landscape and seascape for thousands of years. It’s easy to see the marks we make on the landscape today, but if you know what to look for, you can see evidence of past human activity too. How do you tell whether a rock was shaped by weather, sea, or human hands? What can trees tell us about Gabriolans of the past? Join us to learn a bit about Gabriola’s humanscape.
Storyteller: Claire Eamer; Archaeology Guide: Patrick Daley
July 18: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a….What is it?
There are plenty of birds on Gabriola, but most of them don’t sit quietly while you leaf through your bird book trying to identify them. Learn some of the field markings that experts watch for in order to identify birds before they fly away.
Storyteller and Bird Guide: Susan Yates
July 25: Gentle Giants
Gabriola Museum is surrounded by giants – enormous plants so big that they create their own ecosystem. How are trees different from other plants? How old are they? How can they grow so big? And what other strange secrets do they hold?
Storyteller: Susan Yates; Tree Guide: Megan Osmond-Jones
August 1: Wild on the Seashore
Life on the seashore is constant turmoil. The tide sweeps in and sweeps back out twice a day, waves pound the sand and rocks and all the organisms that live among them, and hot sun bakes them. You’ve got to be tough to be a shore dweller. Learn more about the creatures and plants that live and thrive in those conditions.
Storyteller: Susan Yates; Seashore Biology Guide: Christy Wilson [to be confirmed]
August 8: Aliens Among Us
Invasive plants are a problem on Gabriola. How did they get here? Why are they a problem? Learn how to spot them and what to do about them. And learn why some alien plants cause more trouble than others.
Storyteller: Susan Yates; Invasive Plant Guide: David Boehm
August 15: Seashells, By The Seashore
Everybody loves pretty seashells. They’re usually the first things children notice at the beach. But what made those shells, lived in them, and left them behind? And does the ocean world have a further use for them? Join us to learn more about the seashells in the museum’s beach display and the critters that called them home.
Storyteller: Susan Yates; Seashell Guide: Megan Osmond-Jones
August 22: Forest Ecology
The forest is more than trees. It’s a whole world of plants, animals, soil, air, and water – all working together to support each other. How do those relationships work? What do the different members of the forest community contribute?
Storyteller: Claire Eamer; Ecology Guide: Tom Cameron
August 29: Rock On!
What’s our island made of? How was the sandstone at Malaspina Galleries formed? When? And why does it erode into complex patterns of overhangs and potholes? What other rocks lie under the moss and shrubs of Gabriola’s forests? How old are they, and how did they end up here? The ground beneath our feet is just as fascinating as all the plants and animals on the surface.
Storyteller: Susan Yates; Rock Guide: Nick Doe
2018 MUSEUM HOURS
OPEN May 20th-Sept 3rd
All Sundays Noon-5
Monday closed except stat holidays
when we are open Noon-5
Fall & Winter
OPEN weekends Sept 4th-Oct 8th, Noon-5
December weekends – Gift shop open, Noon-5
CLOSED January to May
Outdoor Exhibits and Native Plant Garden OPEN all year.
SAVE THE DATE
May 20 – Museum Opening
June 18 – Gabriola Elementary School will be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Museum with Dave Bodaly.
June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day. For more information about this day, check out the Federal government’s website: click here.
July 1 – Canada Day, 2:00-4:00pm
Nov. 3 – Gabriola Trivia Night
Sundays on the Gertie Bus
Tickets: Museum (250-247-9987) or North Road Sports. Full payment required to reserve a seat. No refunds.
July 8 – South End History (Danna Lewis)
July 22 – North End History (Danna Lewis)
Aug.5 – Tour Cancelled
Aug. 19 – South End History (Danna Lewis)
Sept.2 – North End History (Danna Lewis)
Sept.16 – South End History (Danna Lewis)
Natural History Tours
July 15 – Amazing trees of Gabriola (David Boehm)
July 29 – Geological Changes on Gabriola (Steven Earle)
Aug.12 – Gabriola’s Shoreline Biology (Christy Wilson)
Aug.26 – Forest Ecology/Ethnobotany (Tom Cameron)
Sept. 9 – Amazing Trees of Gabriola (David Boehm)
Silva Bay Shipyard Plaque Unveiling Ceremony –
June 26, 12 noon at the Shipyard entrance.
Gloria Filax, GHMA Vice President