We were up early this morning, excited about our ferry trip to Gabriola Island.
Gabriola Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, in British Columbia. Gabriola lies about (3.1 miles) east of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, to which it is linked by ferry. It has a land area of about (22.2 square miles) and a resident population of slightly more than 4,000.
Gabriola has a mild climate, public beaches, and forested parks, as well as housing, roads, shopping centers, restaurants, a library, a school, and a museum. Its cultural life includes annual festivals related to art, gardens, music, boating, and fishing.
One of Gabriola’s main natural attractions for the past century and a half is the rock formation called the Malaspina Galleries. The sandstone rock along the coastline has been eroded by surf and frost and creates the illusion of walking underneath a frozen wave. It was really cool and not to be missed. We also visited incredible beaches, we drove the whole loop around the island with several stops. We spotted another awesome lighthouse, Entrance Island Lighthouse from Orlebar Point.
We stopped at a campground and watched kayaks, we spotted a couple of deer, a Pileated Woodpecker, lots of seals and sea lions around the lighthouse. They were too far to capture with my camera. I could see them with my binoculars and definitely hear their loud barking sounds. We had lunch at the Old Crow Restaurant and did some shopping at the Hive. It was another great day of exploring, check back later for more.