Gabriola Island’s






October 12-14

10am to 5 pm

Welcome to Gabriola Island’s 23rd Annual

Thanksgiving Studio Tour.

What a great way to spend a weekend on beautiful Gabriola Island—visiting artists in their studios and seeing where the magic happens.

If you’ve done the Tour before, you know how challenging it is to get to all the studios that you want to explore.

Studio Tour Visitor Survey

Please help us to plan and improve the Studio Tour for the future.

One lucky winner will receive
$100 in ARTBUCKS
to purchase ART from any of the 2019 Studio Tour artists.

We will draw one name from all surveys received.
Deadline to complete survey is Friday, October 25th.

Immerse Yourself


2019 Studio Tour Kick-Off

Thursday, Oct. 10 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Village Arts Space |9 – 575 South Rd
(Formerly Hive Emporium @ Folk Life Village)

Get into the Tour vibe with live music, tasty food, and of course, art. Celebrate the dedication and inspiration of our amazing artist community.

Free hand massages for our hard-working artists!

Tour Central & Preview Gallery

Open: Oct. 12 – 14 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Village Arts Space | 9 – 575 South Rd
(Formerly Hive Emporium @ Folk Life Village)

Visit us at Tour Central — all the way up the hill from the ferry, left onto North Road and keep going till you see the wood structures of Folk Life Village Mall on the right. We’re nestled below the highest peaked roof. 

Start your tour experience by previewing many of the artists’ work, planning your route, and talking to our informed volunteers.

photography acrylics



mixed media textiles

and more

Photo Contest

#Gabriola StudioTour

Time to flex your competitive muscles, people! It’s the Studio Tour Photo Contest.

Here’s the gist: Post a short blurb with a photo featuring your favourite Studio Tour moment to your FaceBook and/or Instagram page, and make sure to include the hashtag #GabriolaStudioTour.

The top three entries will then be voted on to declare the top spot. Not only will the victor get bragging rights, but also $100 in ARTBUCKS, to be used to secure a free seat to the GAC event of your choice.

Please ask first before taking pictures. Remember that some artists don’t want photographs taken of their work. Try to capture the studio and the artist, not necessarily the art work.


Tour Central

Tour Central will give you an overview of what each studio has to offer.

It’s a perfect launching point for heading anywhere on the tour. You will find a display of work by participating artists that will help you choose which studios speak the most to you, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who can help you plan your tour.

You can also purchase a ticket for the Tour Raffle—win some art-ful prizes to take home!

Helpful Tips for the Tour:

1. Start at the Preview Gallery & Tour Central ( Village Arts Space | 476 South Rd, Formerly Hive Emporium @ Folk Life Village) where work from most of the Studio Tour artists will be on display.

2. Wear comfy shoes! Slip-ons are a good idea.

3. Watch for our white flags and special road signs to guide you.

4. Keep up your strength! Stop at one of Gabriola’s restaurants or cafés for a sustaining lunch, or—if the sun is shining—order a picnic lunch to go. The island has numerous locations for a beautiful seaside meal.

5. Win ArtBucks: enter our #gabriolastudiotour photo contest and fill out our online survey. See page 30 for details.

6. For year-round touring, be sure to check Studio hours listed and call ahead!