Workshops & Retreats
Accommodation and Travel
Choosing where to stay
There's something for everyone on Gabriola Island, from first class
bed and breakfasts to housekeeping cottages, with campgrounds in a public
park or a private orchard. You choose what suits your budget, your taste,
and your convenience.
Stone's Throw Cottage
Some favourites with visitors:
This delightful cottage with kitchen facilities is in a magnificient garden,
with ponds and a tea house, close to Drumbeg Provincial Park. The hosts,
Karen Cain and Vern Smith, are artists themselves, with painting and woodworking
studios on the site. Ask about pecial rates for writers in the off season.
Page's Marina This resort
and marina is one of the older establishments on the island, with five individual
cottages above the marina in Silva Bay, and camp grounds in the old orchard,
with laundry, showers, and washroom facilities. The hosts, Phyllis and Ted
Reeves, open their waterfront home to exhibitions by visual artists, concerts
by classical musicians, and readings by writers in all genres, and also
maintain a bookstore of island writers.
The Inn at Dragon's Keep Recently
remodelled and reopened, this old log hotel overlooking Georgia Strait offers
individually-designed hotel rooms, each with its own bath and compuyter
connection, plus a number of simple sleeping huts for campers who would
like a roof over their heads. The hosts, Walter El;kins and Rhonda Legge,
offer a complimentary breakfast, and special rates in the off season and
Descanso Bay Campground
is a 40-acre oceanfront park with 32 wooded campsites, some large enough
for small RVs; open year round with day-use picnic and swimming sites plus
a launch area for canoes and kayaks.
The Haven Resort, Seminar and Conference Centre
A variety of rooms and suites in houses, cottages and cabins are
available for guests, though preference is given to those attending personal
development courses at the Haven itself. The resort is located on the waterfront,
with a lodge offering buffet-style dining, gym and sauna, pool and games
For a more complete list of accommodations visit the website of the Gabriola
Chamber of Commerce,
Getting here in half the fun
You can get to the island via a twenty-minute ferry ride from
the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, or a twenty-minute flight in a
float plane from the mainland. You could, if you chose, come by private
vessel to one of several marinas, or bring your car on one of B.C. Ferries'
fleet from Horseshoe Bay or Duke Point. You can use regular scheduled connections
to the airport at Cassidy south of Nanaimo, or ride the thrice-daily high-speed
catamaran passenger-only ferry HarbourLynx from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo
harbour, just a few minutes' walk from the Gabriola ferry terminal.
BC Ferries Toll-free in British
Columbia, Alberta, Washington State: 1-888-BC FERRY (223-3779).
Scheduled service from Vancouver to Nanaimo, via Horseshoe Bay to Departure
Bay (a ten-minute drive from the Gabriola ferry terminal), or via Tsawwassen
to Duke Point (a twenty-minute drive from the Gabriola ferry terminal).
From Nanaimo harbour to Gabriola Island, ferry service begins at 6:15 a.m.,
with the last ferry to Gabriola at 10:55 p.m. Fare prices are round-trip
(you only pay on the Nanaimo side).
HarbourLynx 1-888-206-LYNX (5969)
A fast passenger-only service from downtown Vancouver (Seabus terminal)
to downtown Nanaimo (boat basin, a ten-minute walk to the Gabriola ferry
terminal). Three trips daily.
Float plane service directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola Island from the Fraser
River, adjacent to Vancouver International Airport:
Tofino/Pacific Spirit Air
Toll free: 1-800-665-2359
Float plane service between the Fraser river delta, adjacent to Vancouver
International Airport, and Nanaimo's boat basin, adjacent to the Gabriola
Float plane flights between Vancouver's inner harbour and Nanaimo's boat
basin, adjacent to the Gabriola ferry terminal:
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Baxter Air 1-800-661-5599
Float plane service from Green Lake in Seattle to Departure Bay in Nanaimo,
a taxi ride from the Gabriola ferry terminal:
Kenmore Air Seaplanes 1-800-543-9595
Regular scheduled flights connecting from Vancouver International Airport
to Nanaimo Airport south of Nanaimo, with shuttle service to the Gabriola
Nanaimo Airport 250-245-2157
Nanaimo Airporter 250-758-2133
Gabriola Island Taxi: 250-247-0049
This is a community-style service operating from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., which
picks up a number of passengers and delivers them to their destinations
in the order of the most convenient route (rather than direct from where
you are picked up to your door).
"i-MoPed" - 250-247-2029 - bicycle, moped, and car rentals
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