information indicates it is the third largest population of the all the Gulf Islands, and
year-round residents number somewhere in the four to five thousand range,
making Gabriola a perfect place for retirement. While retaining its rural
beauty, and giving you a feeling of space, it's not hard to find everything
you need on the island. In addition to French fare, vegetarian dining,
traditional dishes and fresh seafood, you'll find most everything else you
might need in one of the shopping centres.
There are many services on the island, which include grocery stores, a pharmacy,
medical centre, dental clinic, an elementary school, music lessons, insurance,
health foods, gardening supplies, a farmer's market, liquor stores, an ATM and
bank, fuel, taxi service, and car repair. A hardware store, building supply, and
rental store combine to serve many of the residents' construction needs,
including lumber delivery.
If you do desire to leave, there are
many options available. B.C. Ferries runs frequent ferries to the city of
Nanaimo, and the twenty-minute ride puts you in the heart this city of seventy
thousand residents, almost before you know you've left home. Headed for
Vancouver? Seaplane flights depart regularly from Gabriola's Silva Bay and
automobile and foot passengers sail from downtown Nanaimo and Duke Point. Or
take your own boat from one of Silva Bay's two marinas.
As you drive around the island, you can't help but notice all the unique artisan
signs, welcoming you to visit art studios and shops. Choose from unique crafts,
photos, pottery, woodcarvings, woven baskets and other handmade creations to
adorn your new home. After a strenuous day of shopping and playing, you may want
schedule an appointment with one of the island's many masseuses, or sign up for
a yoga or pilates class.
If you're looking for a friendly place to get involved in the community, start
your own artistic endeavours, or just put your feet up, Gabriola is a welcoming,
beautiful place to live and enjoy a new relaxed lifestyle.