Recreations on Gabriola

Come Play on Gabriola

Take a winding trail through dense forest, find yourself in a sea of wildflowers, breathe in the ocean air, discover the beauty of a sunset paddle, dance under the stars. The island is a natural playground for the whole family.

Beaches & Parks


Gabriola Island has more public beach access points than any other Gulf Island. No two beaches are the same!

Look for the “Public Access” yellow concrete blocks for beach access points around the island to find the beach closest to you.

Parks and Trails

Gabriola is home to three spectacular provincial parks and dozens of regional and community parks. Find out more about our vast network of trails from Gabriola Land and Trails Trust.

Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy the great outdoors 365 days a year! If you’re lucky, you may find yourself paddling with dolphins and orcas!

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Paddling, Golfing. With 98 kilometres of coastline and over 170 kilometres of trails, exploring and playing outside is a natural choice.

Indoor Recreation

Gabriola is home to a thriving conscious living community!

For those days you want to stay inside, enticing activities await in the studios, homes, businesses and facilities of the island.

Find activities to strengthen your body, mind and spirit connection here.

Ground Up Cafe & Catering


Catering Restaurants and Pubs Coffee Shops



Ground Up was started by born-and-raised Gabriolan's Becky and Jen along with their partners Alex and Bram. Between us we have over 60 years of highly varied food service experience. 

Our team works very hard to source as much as we can from Gabriola Island producers. This includes meat, eggs, veggies and locally roasted coffee. Using fresh, local ingredients is very important to us not just for the quality of ingredients but also for strengthening our local economy and building a strong island community. 

We love the strong working relationship that we have built with local farms and producers and nothing makes us prouder than seeing happy people eating great local food.


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