Come live and play on Gabriola Island

From the first glimpse of its rocky cliffs, blue sky and eagles soaring overhead, you'll know why the residents of Gabriola have chosen this island for their home. British Columbia's Gulf Islands claim a Mediterranean-like climate, which means on Gabriola, you will find warm, dry, sunny summer days and comfortable nights filled with stars. Mild winters mean you will have to remember where you hid the snow shovel, and cozying up to the fire is an optional luxury, not always mandatory. Because Gabriola is located in a rain shadow, you won't find yourself needing an umbrella every time you leave the house either.

Gabriola info boasts an abundance of outdoor activities from hiking, picnicking, scuba diving, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, golfing, recreational boating and swimming. This rural island is home to several waterfront parks with footpaths, two marinas and a picturesque golf course to meet your recreational needs. Walk among the towering firs and twisty arbutus, watch a sunset over the water, and finish your day off with a delicious meal at one of Gabriola's excellent restaurants.

Visitors take a tour of the Island in one of our Island Cabs and hear about Gabriola Island information, history, local legends and find out where the popular watering holes are located.

Gabriola Island 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 purchase a home and enjoy a new relaxed lifestyle.

Make a wise choice; invest in Gabriola Island real estate today!

Steve Orsatti
Your Island REALTOR
Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola
#1-575 North Road
Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X3

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