Transportation on Gabriola

Getting Here & Getting Around

5 km from downtown Nanaimo, most people access Gabriola via BC Ferries
Once you’re here, there are 158 kilometres of roads to walk, cycle and drive.

Transportation to Gabriola Island

Getting Here


BC Ferries runs the ferry between Nanaimo and Gabriola. Foot passengers, bikes and vehicles are all welcome. Find the best times to travel.

Float Plane

Float planes run daily from the south terminal of Vancouver International Airport.

Private Boat

Arriving by boat? We have two marinas and a public wharf to welcome you.

Getting Around

Share the road

There are no sidewalks or bicycle lanes on the island. Ride or walk single file.   Be aware of narrow road sections, poor road conditions, uneven edges and wildlife.  There’s lots of deer on this island!

E-bikes are welcome and a common sight on the island!

Electric Cars

An electric car charging station is located in the Madrona Marketplace parking lot on North Road.

Bike Transportation on Gabriola
boating gabriola


Cruise or sail to the southeast end of Gabriola where there are two marinas with docks, fuel and moorage in Silva Bay, and a public wharf with moorage in Degnen Bay.

Radio either marina on VHF 66A and they will assist you into a slip.

Use charts 3475 or 3443. Latitude 49.149965 and Longitude -123.695662.

Marine Forecast
Tide Chart
Fishing Licence
Fishing Regulations

Public Transportation

Community Bus

Ride GERTIE, the local community bus service that operates on a limited schedule Monday to Saturday.


Note that only one taxi serves the island; it is best to pre-arrange pickups and drop-offs rather than call when needed. Call 250-247-0049 for schedule and availability.

Bus Transportation on Gabriola

Glenna Borsuk – Team 3000 Realty Ltd.


Real Estate Professional Services


My proudest accomplishment with regard to Gabriola Island, is my family's donation of the 707 Acre Park.  This monumental task has taken many years and much work and sacrifice yet very much reflects our deep concerns for the environment, water recharge, wildlife and healthy outdoor space for Gabriolans and their friends. My style of service is more 'boutique' as opposed to volume. Drawing from my broad range of 40 year exposure in the the industry, including First Nations consultation, land assemblies, development in 9 areas of the Province, and Trading Services in many locations thus; Having several working environments, I have a hybird approach to business using tech intentionally and deliberately while my main preferred modes of communication are face-to-face or the good old telephone. I am looking forward to hearing from you even if you are not in the buying or selling phase but just want to discuss possibilities and options. Let us chat and explore, I love long term thinking.


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