From the late 1890’s to 1951, the Brickyard was Gabriola’s single most important industry and largest employer.
Bricks were shipped off-island for construction of buildings in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminister, BC.
It was noisy, dirty, back breaking work. But those bricks helped build the towns and cities of BC.
Brush and undergrowth has reclaimed most of the site.
Stacking bricks for export at Gabriola brickyard.
Photo: Gabriola Museum Archives.