• Community Information

    Only 20 minutes by BC Ferries from the city of Nanaimo, Gabriola Island casts spells across layers of time. The island’s natural bounty invites modern adventurers to try fishing for salmon and halibut, go hiking in the verdant forests and enjoy biking the island from top to bottom.

    The earliest inhabitants of Gabriola Island were the Snuneymuxw First Nation, a Coast Salish people who arrived to hunt and fish an estimated 5,000 years ago. More than 50 petroglyphs carved by this ancient people in cliffs and rocks are easily seen today.

    Next came the Spanish, looking for gold. They left behind names from Descanso Bay to Malaspina Inlet. In fact, Gabriola derives from the word “gaviota” which means seagull in Spanish. Scots, Irish and English followed. Settlers and farmers stayed, farmed and cut timber for Nanaimo across the strait.

    The most recent wave of settlement is Gabriola’s arts community, a contender for highest concentrated colony of its kind in Canada. Painters, sculptors, potters, glassmakers, photographers, musicians, actors and composers weave the fabric of contemporary culture.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism

    • Population

      Town Population: 4,045 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: South Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Gulf Islands

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 8.50

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 2 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinic
      Gabriola Medical Clinic
      Box 200, 377 Berry Point Road
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162

    • Health Centre Info

      Gabriola Community Health Centre
      695 Church Street
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162
      www.ghcs.ca
    • Emergency Room

      This community has a limited service Emergency Room with three beds
    • Maternity

      Gabriola Midwifery
      3 – 590 North Road
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X3
      P: 250 734-2891 | F: 250 247-7838
    • Lab services

      Gabriola Community Health Centre
      695 Church Street
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162
      www.ghcs.ca
    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community. The health centre has a helipad.
    • Pharmacy

      IDA Drug Store
      575 North Road
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X3
      P: 250 247-8310 | F: 250 247-8313
    • Nurse Practitioner

      Gabriola Community Health Centre
      695 Church Street
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162
      www.ghcs.ca
    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Gabriola Community Health Centre
      695 Church Street
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162
      www.ghcs.ca
    • Physiotherapy

      Sandstone Sport and Spine Physical Therapy
      Box 200, 793 Lochinvar Street
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922

      Gabriola Medical Clinic
      Box 200, 377 Berry Point Road
      Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0
      P: 250 247-9922 | F: 250 247-9162

  • Mental Health & Addictions Outreach
    203 – 2000 Island Highway North
    Nanaimo, BC, V9S 5W3
    P: 250 739-5710 | F: 250 755-3310