Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Malaspina Galleries are spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost at the western tip of Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

The Malaspina Galleries are spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost at the western tip of Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

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.

 

A small pool of sea water provided a nice reflection in the carved sandstone of the Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

A small pool of sea water provided a nice reflection in the carved sandstone of the Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

A small patch of wild grass was blowing in the ocean winds on the Malaspina Galleries with an ocean front home visible in the distance, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British

A small patch of wild grass was blowing in the ocean winds on the Malaspina Galleries with an ocean front home visible in the distance, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

Many of the ocean front homes on Malaspina Drive near the Malaspina Galleries (typically occupied year round) were quite attractive, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Co

Many of the ocean front homes on Malaspina Drive near the Malaspina Galleries (typically occupied year round) were quite attractive, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada, is heavily forested; this inlet was near the ferry terminal

Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada, is heavily forested; this inlet was near the ferry terminal

 

A view towards the ferry terminal on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

A view towards the ferry terminal on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

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