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Things to do in Gabriola

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Short car ferry over to a large island off Nanaimo’s inner harbour. Shops and laid back island life style. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Nice hike down to the water and then you can follow it to the narrow channel with Mudge Island. The water will change direction in the channel as high and low tides pass.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“If you like the ocean, Drumbeg can't be missed. Depending on the tide you'll be provided a different experience with each visit. There is great snorkeling and some nice trails.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fancy a pizza. Woodfire is the local, though they offer much more than just pizza. The ambiance is laid back and the decor typically West Coast....relaxing.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Usually open in the summer, the 'Surf Lodge' is a great place to go for a beer and a bite and watch the ferries cruise by. Spectacular location.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Gabriola's only golf course. Located on South Road the scenic course is open to the public and the restaurant offers good value.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Local Pub close to ferry, weekend entertainment, pub food. Friday Night Kareoke, $4.99 Breakfast on Saturday mornings.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
  • 3 locals recommend
Campground
“Descanso is a great day use area. There is a protected bay that offers good swimming and an easy launch point for kayakers.”
  • 1 local recommends
Off-Licence
“Sometimes it's open, sometimes it's not, but when it is the bar/restaurant at Silva Bay is a great place to have a beer and a bite, especially on the terrace. Beautiful views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Pages is a great little excursion. There is camping, a marina and a book store that features local authors...plus it's a nice drive.”
  • 1 local recommends
Clothes Shop
“It's hard to describe Colleen's. The best thing I can say is just go. She has all sorts of amazing stuff in her store and her prices are very competitive. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“A great beach on Gabriola. There is a little hike to get to it from the parking lot (hilly at the beginning) but once you're there it is huge. High tide = pebbles. Low tide = sand. Views to Vancouver.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“If you like maritime vistas, a little drive down Degnen Bay Road won't disappoint. It offers beautiful views over the bay and the government wharf that is chock-a-block.”
  • 1 local recommends
Gym
“Stop at the Twin Beaches Mall and visit the tourism office. Maps, rack cards, activities, you name it, they have it.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“A drive down Berry Point Road is not to be missed. The views across the water to the Coastal Mountains are superb and the lighthouse at Entrance Island is a great photo-op.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Fancy a pizza. Woodfire is the local, though they offer much more than just pizza. The ambiance is laid back and the decor typically West Coast....relaxing.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Sometimes it's open, sometimes it's not, but when it is the bar/restaurant at Silva Bay is a great place to have a beer and a bite, especially on the terrace. Beautiful views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Conveniently located in the centre of town 'Robert's Place' is a good bet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is also licensed.”
  • 1 local recommends

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