Hillside Hideout

Posted by & filed under Gabriola Living, History of Gabriola.

This gorgeous view from the hillside above the brickyard beach takes in False Narrows with Gabriola on the left and Mudge Island on the right. Beyond is Pylades Channel and the southern Gulf Islands. Click on the History label below and find a brief history of the brickyard as well as other local history.

Quick Pickles

Posted by & filed under Cooking, Food, Gardening on Gabriola, Healthy Eating.

This is the time of year for pickling, when the garden has an abundance of cucumbers, carrots and beets. This was Carly’s first try at pickles and she was impressed with how easy it can be. Pour a boiling mixture (1 part water, 1 part vinegar and 1 tablespoon coarse salt per cup) of liquid… Read more »

This little piggy went to market…

Posted by & filed under Daytripping on Vancouver Island, Gulf Island Lifestyle, Holidays and Special Events, The Arts.

Entertainment abounds both on and off Island this weekend. On Gabriola we had the Theater Festival, a three day extravaganza with eight superb plays, Street Art Artists Fair, Lions Pancake Breakfast, an Improv Workshop and dancers and musicians. At the same time in Nanaimo the Vancouver Island Exhibition took place at Beban Park. On Sunday… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Gabriola Living, Shopping on Gabriola.

It’s Friday afternoon and we’ve had a busy week so I put out a call to the family. “Let’s all meet on the deck at 5:30 for Mimosas under the mimosa tree”. Our mimosa tree is covered in little pink brushlike flowers and looking at it this morning I thought of the refreshing drink called… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Gabriola Living.

These blocks of blue shale line a driveway on Gabriola. Large chunks were dug up then dropped, they broke into these quite regular rectangular shapes and were then moved to line a long driveway to a spectacular hillside homesite.