On our second day docked in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, we took a BC ferry for a 20-minute ride across the bay to Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada. Gabriola Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia with a full time resident population of slightly more than 4,000. Upon our arrival, we caught the local shuttle bus and headed west to a wooded trail to the beautiful coastal rock formations known as the Malaspina Galleries – spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost; the formations were named after the 18th-century Spanish explorer Alejandro Malaspina. We then walked uphill to the nearby town of Gabriola where we explored local artisan wares at several galleries and had lunch at the locals’ favorite “diner”, Robert’s Place. The island is home to numerous artists and there are several art fairs each year including a studio tour across the island in October.
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