The Island of Creative Expression
With one of the highest number of artists per capita in Canada and many art-centred events, Gabriola has earned its moniker, ‘Isle of the Arts’.
Whether you’re the creator, admirer, or participant, enjoy the island’s rich cultural landscape year-round.
Art, Music & Theatre Festivals
For more events and to see what’s happening while you’re here, check out our Gabriola Events website.
The Gabriola Museum is run by the Gabriola Historical Society and is the place to discover island stories.
The Museum is located on South Road, a comfortable (1.2 km) walk or a short drive up the hill from the ferry dock at Descanso Bay. It is open from May to December.
Visit their website for hours, events and exhibits.
Yellow Flag Art Studios
If the yellow roadside flag is flying, the artist’s studio is open!
The yellow flag program is a Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce initiative. See where inspiration and creativity come alive in makers’ spaces.
Arts & Culture
The island fosters creativity for all, making it an essential part of life on Gabriola!
Our artists, creators, makers and cultural centres are busy year round and would love to share their passion with you.
Hague’s Haven Studio
Arts & Culture
Barbara has had a keen interest in art all her life starting with a wonderful program in elementary school that influenced her decision to major in art education at the University of Alberta. Much of her formal art training came at this time and was further augmented throughout the years with university and community art courses. Barbara’s career in education further developed her passion for the arts and through learning how to instruct and encourage children in this aspect of education she recognized her own need to follow the creative process. With retirement came the time and space to focus on her own love of painting. As a resident on Gabriola Island, one of the Gulf islands off the coast of British Columbia, Barbara is constantly stimulated by the beauty of her surroundings using her camera to record images for inspirations in her paintings. At present she works in both water colour and acrylic mediums exploring scenes from nature in realistic and impressionistic styles. Her works may include collage and can border on the abstract. Her style continues to evolve.