Gabriola Island’s Annual Artists’ Studio Tour.

Twenty-three years and going strong!

Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 23 years ago, and continues to be one of the grandest fine art events in the Northwest.

We attract more artists to Gabriola Island every year, and that’s resulted in Gabriola having the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada (Hills Strategies Report, 2011).

There’s something for all interests, tastes, and budgets. You’re bound to fall in love with a piece of art to take home.

Gabriola Island has the sixth-highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada.

Soak up the unique, creative atmosphere of this vibrant and inspiring island community with a delightful mix of shops, cafés, restaurants, as well as spectacular beaches, trails, forest, and wilderness. Make sure to look up each artist and artisan in our online directory

We are the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola Island is a thriving artistic community, drawing artists, art lovers, and art supporters from all around the world. As the Isle of the Arts, we live in a world where cloudy paint strokes, glass stars, wooden creatures, and silver linings are with us in our day-to-day lives.

Gabriola Island is also a gorgeous place, full of inspiring natural and artistic wonders. The people and businesses on this island work together to make it a satisfying and culturally rich place to live or visit. Check out the sponsors and supporters for your guide to the best that Gabriola has to offer. Or visit to discover more.

Gabriola Arts Council

In 1997, the Gabriola Arts Council was conceived around a kitchen table by a group of like-minded artists and art lovers. Knowing that the arts community on Gabriola would be better served by working towards a common goal, they decided to create events and opportunities for a “shared artistic experience”, and formally registered the Festival Gabriola Society. In 2006, the named was changed to Gabriola Arts Council.

Today GAC is responsible for not just the Studio Tour, but also the Isle of the Arts Festival, a hands-on learning festival that has students working with local artists, and Cultivate, which brings together music, theatre, and art for a weekend extravaganza of culture and fun. Gabriola Arts Council also offers The Healing Power of Art Program.

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

Professional Theatre Productions … Roving Performers … Street Art … A Lively Hub … Pancake Breakfast … and MORE! Visit for more info.

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

Isle of the Arts Festival

April 2-12, 2020

A celebration of the arts with 30 workshops and 10 events. Make, Learn and Play with Island Artists. Visit for more info.

Gabriola Healing Power of Art

Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of Art Program

This innovative, inspired project engages professional art and drama therapists to working directly with community members to address a variety of health- and wellness-related issues and concerns. visit for more info

Reconciliation: A Commitment

“Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”
— Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

The Gabriola Arts Council recognizes that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory, specifically on the traditional land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Our programming encourages and promotes arts and cultural experiences that will inspire dialogue and understanding. Through these activities, our intention is to deepen the relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples as we move forward together to a healthier future.

Visit to find out about this vibrant Coast Salish People and culture.


Support the Arts on Gabriola

Support the arts on Gabriola by a donation to the Gabriola Arts Council! Your dollars will go towards developing new projects as well as supporting existing programs, all of which are focused on supporting local artists—and to individual and community wellbeing.  You can donate at any time—the Gabriola Arts Council is a registered charity and will issue a tax receipt for all donations.

Donations can be made online through our website, at, or directly through our office. Please contact us for more information.

Getting to the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  Click here for the ferry schedule.

You can also get here by float plane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola.

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