Gabriola Island's





October 6-8

10am to 5 pm

Gabriola Island’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour.

If this is your first time on the Tour — welcome!

Whether you’re planning an art “marathon”, or just want to stop in on a few studios before your Thanksgiving celebrations, you’re in for a treat.

We know it’s a special pleasure to drive around our beautiful island, meet artists in their studios, and talk to them about their work.

If you’ve been on the Tour before — welcome back. We’re so happy you’ve chosen to come again. You’ve probably got your favourite studios, but be sure you check out some of our new Tour artists who are bravely opening their doors for the first time. Mix it up!

Enjoy your Tour. And let us know what you think.


photography acrylics



mixed media textiles

and more

Want to help us make the Tour even better?

Want to help us make the Tour even better? We’re gathering information about our visitors that is valuable for future improvements, for communicating with our funders, and for demonstrating the impact the Tour has on the Gabriola economy.

Fill out the survey at the link below by Monday, October 22, enter your email where asked, and you’ll be entered to win a two-night stay at the Surf Lodge, dinner for two at the Kitchen, and $100 in Artbucks (redeemable at any Arts Council event).

The survey takes 5 minutes to complete.

Join us for the following Tour Events:

2018 Tour Kick-Off

Thursday October 4 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tour Central at Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre, 476 North Road

Get into the Tour vibe with live music, tasty edibles, 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

Saturday October 6 – Monday October 8 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tour Central at Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre, 476 North Road

Visit us at Tour Central — you’ll find us in the blue building behind the post office, at the top of the hill from the ferry. Start your tour experience by previewing many of the artists’ work, planning your route, and talking to our informed volunteers.


hay ch q’a: a special show of Snuneymuxw art and artists

Saturday October 6 – Sunday October 21 | Opening Oct 6 7:00 pm
The Hive Emporium 575 North Road

hay ch q’a means “thank you” in the Snuneymuxw dialect of Hul’q’umi’num, the Coast Salish language. This show is presented the spirit of gratitude and respect for the rich culture and artistry of the Snuneymuxw people. It showcases the work of Snuneymuxw artists working in both traditional and modern media. We’re grateful to the Snuneymuxw, as we create and live on their traditional land.


Download 2018 Studio Tour brochure

Helpful Tips for the Tour:

1. Start at the Preview Gallery (located at Tour Central: Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre) where work from all 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!