Past Events

The Camino de Santiago:  A Walk to the End of the Earth

The Camino de Santiago:  A Walk to the End of the Earth

Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Intrepid hikers Moira Rockwell and Dennis Keis will share their adventures on the Camino.  They walked 851 km in 37 days, carrying heavy packs, staying in pilgrim hostels, and braving a variety of weather conditions.  Come and share Moira and Dennis’s journey.

Doors at 6:30 | Presentation at 7:00.
Admission by donation.

Gabriola Historical Bus North End Tour

Gabriola Historical Bus North End Tour

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

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Cost: $25 per person

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

Thursday, August 22, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

Do you want to know more about the animals of Gabriola?

Join Liz Ciocea from GROWLS for a wildlife walk filled with puppets, stories, and fun activities along the way!

Preregister: 250.247.9987

Beach Quest - Twin Beaches

Beach Quest - Twin Beaches

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Twin Beaches

Explore Marine Life on Gabriola Shores

By donation. All ages welcome.
Preregister: 250.247.9987

Gabriola Historical Bus South End Tour

Gabriola Historical Bus South End Tour

Sunday, August 11, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

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Cost: $25 per person

Tie-dye and hippie stories

Tie-dye and hippie stories

Thursday, August 8, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

What did it mean to be a hippie on Gabriola in the 1970s and 80s?

How about now?

A local islander shares their own hippie stories with a hands-on tie-dye workshop to follow!

Preregister:  250.247.9987

Beach Quest - Descanso

Beach Quest - Descanso

Thursday, August 1, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Descanso Park

Explore Marine Life on Gabriola Shores

By donation. All ages welcome.
Preregister: 250.247.9987

Native plant workshop

Native plant workshop

Sunday, July 28, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

Do you want to know more about Gabriola’s native plants?

Join local expert Robert Seaton for an informative tour followed by an edible plant tasting session.

Preregister 250.247.9987

Beach Quest - Drumbeg

Beach Quest - Drumbeg

Thursday, July 25, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Drumbeg Beach

Explore Marine Life on Gabriola Shores

By donation. All ages welcome.
Preregister: 250.247.9987

Gabriola Historical Bus North End Tour

Gabriola Historical Bus North End Tour

Sunday, July 21, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

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Cost: $25 per person

Gabriola Historical Bus South End Tour

Gabriola Historical Bus South End Tour

Sunday, July 7, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Museum

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Cost: $25 per person

Canada Day

Canada Day

Monday, July 1, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A celebrationm for Everyone!
Flag raising, bubbles, games, races, face painting, cupcakes and lemonade

Aboriginal stories

Aboriginal stories

Monday, June 24, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celestine Aleck, a Snuneymuxw storyteller, is telling Aboriginal stories at the museum from 10:00 to 10:50, and then again from 11:00 to 11:50.

Everyone is welcome to attend this public event.

Museum Opening

Museum Opening

Sunday, May 19, 2019

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come and visit our new permanent exhibit, Connections from the Ground Up, browse in the gift shop, and enjoy Robert’s delicious burgers and dessert.

Food tickets are $10, bought onsite, and all funds raised will go to our exhibit displays.

Sandstone Weathering

Sandstone Weathering

Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Nick Doe on honeycombs, galleries, concretions, fading petroglyphs and glacial striae

Doors open 6:30
Admission by Donation

Gabriola Historical and Museum Society AGM

Gabriola Historical and Museum Society AGM

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Guest Speaker: Lucy Bell
The Importance of Small Museums for Truth & Reconciliation

Lucy Bell of the Haida Nation (and Head of the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department at the Royal BC Museum) will speak about her first-hand experience in museums and give advice on the small but impactful ways small museums can improve their relationships with Indigenous peoples and show their genuine commitment to the calls to the TRC.

Place and Self-Governance – the Enactment of Autonomy on Gabriola Island

Place and Self-Governance – the Enactment of Autonomy on Gabriola Island

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Islands in the Salish Sea experience a unique set of vulnerabilities – the need to protect rare ecosystems and rural communities located in the midst of a densely populated, highly industrialized region — over which they appear to have little or no control. On Gabriola Island, the intersection of place, people and a lean formal governance structure provides a testing ground for enacting a range of governance modalities.

Changemaking:  Making it Happen

Changemaking: Making it Happen

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Talk/Workshop with Fay Weller and Mary Wilson

Doors open at 6:30
Admission by Donation

Legacy, Legend and Latitude: Captain James Cook's Extraordinary Impact on our World and the BC Coast

Legacy, Legend and Latitude: Captain James Cook's Extraordinary Impact on our World and the BC Coast

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Cook forever changed navigation, cartography, biology, sociology, and seamanship.  Canadians on both coasts are steeped in his work and presence in our country. As we approach the 250th anniversary of Cook’s first Pacific voyage, discover more about this navigator who played a key role in the history of BC.

Bert terHart is a soldier turned sailor, author, adventurer, and self-proclaimed geek. When he’s not sailing, thinking about going sailing, or working on his sailboat, he’s an internationally recognized search, social media and digital marketing expert specializing in helping business owners and professional corporations leverage digital media and technology.

Gabriola Trivia Night

Gabriola Trivia Night

Saturday, November 3, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gabriola Community Hall
Canada Day Celebration

Canada Day Celebration

Sunday, July 1, 2018

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A celebration for everyone! Come join us at the Museum to admire our Mounties, watch the flag being raised, enjoy some Canada cake and other refreshments, and participate in family oriented activites.

2018 Museum Opening

2018 Museum Opening

Sunday, May 20, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Gabriola Museum
Cuba Si: Island Time Latin Style

Cuba Si: Island Time Latin Style

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Thurs, April 19 – Cuba Si: Join Gabriola’s international travel team Alison Douglas and Steve Struthers at 7pm at Roxy, for a talk and slide show of Cuba island time – Latin style!

Waves in the Ocean

Waves in the Ocean

Thursday, March 15, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches
Our Common Thread: DNA

Our Common Thread: DNA

Thursday, February 22, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

We’ve all seen those TV ads promising that with a simple cheek-swab of DNA, we could be related to Marie Antoinette or Abraham Lincoln, or reunite with long lost relatives we didn’t know we had.

Are those claims true?  And what can DNA really tell us about our past, our families and our community?

Find out when Dr Sam Abraham will give a presentation about the latest advances in DNA science, including DNA fingerprinting, the geographic ties of Haplotypes, how DNA can identify traits in humans and ties to regions, and separating DNA myth from reality.

Dr Abraham holds a PhD in genetics from UBC, and has been on the cutting edge of research including as Vice President of  Research at the BC Cancer Agency,  and at the Provincial Health Services Authority

This presentation is sponsored by the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society. Admission by donation. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be available.

Gabriola Museum AGM

Gabriola Museum AGM

Sunday, February 4, 2018

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Gabriola Arts Centre

You are invited to  the Museum’s 2018 Annual General Meeting, & Special Presentation.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the Museum President’s Report, the 2017 Financial Statements, and Amended ByLaws, and to elect new Officers Board Members.

The short AGM will be followed by a guest presentation by Jill Yuzwa: DISTINCT PLACE. Gabriola Island: Cultural Sustainability in the Creative Economy

 

 

Gabriola Trivia Night

Gabriola Trivia Night

Saturday, November 4, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Gabriola Community Hall

Come join us for a fun evening. Learn something new about Gabriola, team up to answer interesting questions about Gabriola Trivia, tempt yourself with decadent desserts, peruse amazing auction items.

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.

Gabriolans Talk - Following the horse trail from Brazil to Gabriola

Gabriolans Talk - Following the horse trail from Brazil to Gabriola

Thursday, October 26, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

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. On Thursday, Oct.26, Tobi will share this amazing and inspirational story as part of the Gabriola Museum’s annual Gabriolan Stories presentation series.

Silva Bay Shipyard Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Silva Bay Shipyard Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Monday, June 26, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Talk given by 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.”

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 presentation.

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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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