Museum Events

Upcoming Events

Following the Horse trail from Brazil to Gabriola

Ingela and Richard’s family drama plays like a Brazilian tele-novella, as tragedy, comedy and cultures collide. They experience gang shootings that take family members, wild drug escapades that cost the boys their freedom, and repeated financial and physical disasters – Ingela gets cancer and their farm nearly burns to the ground. Through it all, the boys grow into manhood on the Wild Horse Farm among three horses, a dog, and many cobras.

In 2010, Gabriola filmmaker Tobi Elliott sent a videographer to Brazil to document Horses for Orphans, a project pioneered by horsewoman Ingela Larsson Smith, who uses natural horsemanship to help disadvantaged Brazilian children become leaders.

Eight years and nine visits later, Tobi continues to follow the adventures of Ingela, her Canadian husband Richard, and their band of 12 wild Brazilian boys. And at 7 pm, on Thurs, Oct 26, at the Roxy Lounge (at Twin Beaches on Berry Pt Rd), Tobi will share this amazing and inspirational story as part of the Gabriola Museum’s annual Gabriolan Stories presentation series.

In 2016, the “horse trail” from Brazil connected to Gabriola when Tobi rallied a community effort to rescue two neglected horses. Realizing she needed natural horsemanship skills of her own to help the two horses, Tobi returned to Brazil as a student to learn horsemanship from her boys and immerse herself in their lives as “Tia”.

This presentation is sponsored by the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society. Admission is by donation. Refreshments will be available. 

Doors open at 6:30. 

Gabriola Trivia Night

Tickets will be on sale online early next week.

Trivia Night invitation

You’re invited to the second annual Gabriola Museum Trivia Night. Gather your friends to share a table, and pool your Gabriola knowledge to challenge the interesting questions carefully culled from last year’s contestant’s suggestions, the new Historic Guidebook – and wherever our creative team can find them . Tempt yourself with decadent desserts, coffee, tea  – or indulge in a beverage from the cash bar. There will be one-of-a-kind auction items to tease your pocketbook, lots of laughs, and a fun time spent with friends.

Museum Sponsored Talks

From Addiction-Fueled Con to Model citizen

John Howard Society to give presentation on Gabriola about new addiction treatment that is changing lives. by Ivan Bulic; submitted to the sounder March 16, 2017 Few communities in BC remain untouched by addiction problems. And while the opioid crisis makes the front...

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From Dunes to Palms – a West Africa Adventure

Gabriola’s favourite world travellers, Steve Struthers and Alison Douglas, have just returned from their latest adventure - a voyage that took them from the deserts of Mauritania to the equatorial jungles of Senegal. They will share a multi media presentation at 7 pm,...

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From Gabriola to the Bering Sea and Back

From Gabriola to the Bering Sea and Back as published in the Sounder, March 16, 2016 Only a handful of small-boat sailors have dared to venture “north of 60” into Alaska’s Bering Sea; one of the stormiest and most dangerous stretches of water on the planet. Gabriola...

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Davy the Punk

We hope you will be able to join us for our final event before the Museum closes its doors for 2015 :  a performance of “Davy the Punk”. Bob Bossin will be performing his one-man show, probably for the last time on Gabriola, on the evening of Saturday, October 10th,...

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From Gabriola to Flanders Fields

November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of the First World War. For a transcipt of the presentation, and more WWI archival photos in our past exhibit, see  From Gabriola to Flanders Field. November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of...

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First Nations Treaties and Gulf Island Development

“ First Nations are not opposed to development, they’re opposed to not being part of the discussion." That’s part of the message that Adam Olsen, a Tsartlip First Nations member, former municipal councilor delivered to the Gabriola Museum’s annual general meeting on...

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Petroglyph Tour

 Petroglyph tour February, 2012 The tour was led by Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, and Ian C. McLennan, Consultant to Museums, Science Centres Planetariums, Digital Theatres, Theme attractions, and World Expositions, Vancouver,...

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The Way it Was

February 2012 Cecil Ashley presented vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s depicting the logging, sawmilling, and fishing industries on the west coast of BC activities of the time. The movies were complemented by local artist Doug Harrison’s Working West Coast...

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Giving Peace a Chance

October, 2011 Long-time peace and social activists Susan Yates, Holda Pattern, Jean McLaren and Ted Wilson recounted the story of the Gabriola Island Peace Association.

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Flippers to Flukes

Information on Vancouver Aquarium’s BC Cetacean Sightings Network and the role that Gabriolans can play in reporting cetacean sightings. The speakers were Caitlin Birdsail and Heather Lord of Vancouver Aquarium. GROWLS co-sponsored the...

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Crossing the Waters

This was a multi-visual presentation on the history of ferry services to Gabriola Island with guest speaker Mark Stefanson, BC Ferries Vice-President of Public affairs.

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Joined Hands

Grand Opening of the Joined Hands exhibit presenting the history and legacy of Jane Degnan and Louisa Silva (note link).

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Museum Sponsored Fundraising

Gabriola Trivia Night

Tickets will be on sale online early next week. You're invited to the second annual Gabriola Museum Trivia Night. Gather your friends to share a table, and pool your Gabriola knowledge to challenge the interesting questions carefully culled from last year's...

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So you think you know Gabriola

Trivia Contest Spend an evening challenging your knowledge of Gabriola past and present. The evening promises to be lively and fun with MCs Gary McCollum and Danna Lewis. Prizes for winning teams (6 to a team) Desserts and Cash Bar Enjoy decadent desserts, tea and...

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Airfare for 2 and one week stay in Sicily

Lynn Dillon, of Nanaimo, is the happy winner of the Museum's 2015 raffle. Congratulations, Lynn! The draw was made by Lizhen Mao (a friendly bystander),  in front of a group of about 15 people at the Folk Life Village. The Museum thanks all the people that purchased...

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