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Help Your Museum Protect and Expand!

Many thanks to our donors who have contributed toward paying down the McRae Land mortgage—your support has been inspiring! To date we have raised $105,000 to help pay down the $300,000 total. Now we are asking all of you to contribute again.

We hope to raise $45,000 by December 2021 to make the maximum allowable anniversary payment at year end.

Three ways you can help us today . . .

  1. Mail a cheque to “Gabriola Historical & Museum Society” or drop it off at the Museum (add footnote: “re: McRae property”).  Include your name, address, phone and email.
  2. Give through our Canada Helps secure online portal or send an e-transfer to pres@gabriolamuseum.org.
  3. Consider becoming a monthly donor (minimum donation $5/month) and receive free membership with full benefits. (A donation of $120/month spread over a year adds up to one monthly mortgage payment a year for us, so it’s an enormous help!)
Gabriola Museum is now Hiring

Gabriola Museum is now Hiring

Part-time position, through fall & winter Saturdays only Work in the museum gift shop and welcome visitors Must be a full-time student Would have a partner Covid protocols in place   Please send resume and cover letter to pres@gabriolamuseum.org  or...

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Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Beach Quest: Learn about intertidal life! Aug 4 • 10:30 am • Brickyard Beach (by donation) Cedar Trees and Cedar Basket Weaving with Dave Bodaly August 11 • 10:30 am • Museum August 25 • 10:30 am • Museum $7/person, $25 family (up to 5), includes materials Walk on the...

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Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters

Designed by Tsimshian artist Morgan Asoyuf and made in Canada. This T-shirt is a visual reminder that all children have rights, deserve to be loved, and that Every Child Matters. $21.00 plus tax Purchase an Every Child Matters T-shirt from Native Northwest from the...

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Become a museum member for 2022!

Includes free admission to the museum and discounts in the Gift Shop.

Join us and help our museum grow!

Gabriola Museum Exhibit

Connections From the Ground Up

The Museum has undergone a major transformation of its constantly changing exhibits to create a permanent display, which represents a broad perspective of Gabriola Island and its people.

Connections From the Ground Up, our new permanent exhibit, explores the island’s cultural landscape through rocks, shores, ocean and forests. The exhibit shows the interdependence of this natural place with the humans who have called it home and loved it. Gabriola’s stories reveal diverse ways of knowing and living: Snuneymuwx stories, settler stories, scientific stories, and many more.

Three new themes have been introduced-On the Rocks, At the beach, and In the Woods.  

On the Rocks

On the Rocks includes an extensive look at our island origin stories and its geology from a variety of perspectives. Artifacts of Snuneymuwx tools and fossils are displayed in drawers and give a real sense of our collection. Local geologists and those who study rocks and fossils on our island explain land formations that puzzle us, such as Malaspina Galleries. This is just a small taste of what is in store for you in our geology section.

At the Beach

At the Beach includes a revised Beach Quest exhibit, and touch tubs of intertidal shells remnants of live animals and seaweed. Magnifiers are available to look closely! Learn about undersea animals and plants and the impact of our tides.

In the Woods

In the Woods is still being developed but we have an exciting display on Cedar and basket weaving. Snuneymuwx weaver, Dave Bodaly has contributed one of his woven cedar hats to this exhibit, which also shows a number of baskets from our collection.

Gossip Corner 

Gossip Corner is a new exhibit, which offers visitors an opportunity to leave mail and messages. Historical photos show the importance of Gossip Corner for early settlers. Next to that is our famous Hippy Display, which is loved by all.

Future exhibits 

Future indoor exhibits will show the industries of Gabriola such as fishing, farming and forestry. These are yet to come. As well, a geology group has been creating a map of Gabriola with a power point that shows the land and its formations.  We look forward to sharing this important piece of geological history with all.

The new exhibit includes something for every one of all ages, with activities and experiences that will engage you in a variety of ways.

A group of Gabriola Elementary grade 7 students have been worked with the museum for over a year and developed interpretive activities and games for all ages. Our thanks goes to Mia Cereno, Kira Fullerton, Tully Ivany, McGill Parcher, Nisha Strauss, John Swift, and Ava Teichroeb for their ideas and enthusiasm in helping to set the direction of the museum’s displays.

Join us in learning, sharing and connecting together to celebrate this place now called Gabriola Island!

The museum would like to acknowledge community funders whose support made this exhibit possible. Special thanks goes to the Gabriola Lions Club, Village Food Market, Arbutus-Home Hardware, and Sea to Sky Construction. As well, a number of private individuals have made anonymous donations, which are greatly appreciated.