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How to Find Us

Gabriola Island (population 4,000) is located in the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver island and mainland BC, approximately 5 kms (3 miles) east of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Gabriola is easily reached by a 20 minute BC Ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo, or by floatplane from Vancouver (15 miles/24 kms).

Gabriola and Nanaimo local area map

Gabriola Museum

The Gabriola Museum is located on south Road near the Lockinvar intersection. It is a comfortable (1.2kms) walk, or a short drive up the hill from the ferry dock at Descanso Bay. Alternatively, the Gabriola Taxi (250-247-0049) is available seven days a week.


Cafes, shops, a gas station, grocery store, liquor store, and other services are located at the Village on North Road, a few hundred meters north of the Museum.

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2018 Museum Hours

  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 Plants Garden OPEN year round
Phone: 250-247-9987