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  505 South Road – just up the hill from the ferry


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Upcoming Events

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


  May 20th-Sept 3rd
Tues-Sat        10-3
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.



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

Explore Gabriola!

Sundays on the Gertie Bus

2:00-4:00pm    $25pp

Museum Departure

Tickets: Museum (250-247-9987) or North Road Sports. Full payment required to reserve a seat. No refunds.

Museum sponsored 

History Tours

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)

GERTIE sponsored

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

I would first like to acknowledge that we are standing on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish, the Snuneymuxw Nation.
My name is Gloria Filax and I am Vice President of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society.  We gather today to celebrate the 73 year history of what is now the last remaining shipyard in the Gulf Islands – Silva Bay Shipyard.  The current owners of the shipyard, Don and Vicky Mayrend, and past owners are to be lauded for carrying on a tradition of ship-building when so many other ship building enterprises on the Gulf Islands have drifted into the past.
This historic marker is the first in a new series of six plaques that highlight some of the major historic sites on Gabriola.  The rest of the series will be unveiled this summer and fall.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous funders:  the Canadian Federal government program ‘Canada150’ and the Province of British Columbia.
On behalf of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society I would also like to thank Ivan Bulic for his ongoing volunteer work to make these plaques happen, and the museum’s History and Presentation Committee, especially Janet Stobbs, for its commitment to preserving the history of this place we call Gabriola Island.  And thank you to all who have attended this unveiling.”