After what seemed like a never-ending winter we were the recipients of some amazing weather this April. My eldest daughter has pledged to swim once a month for the year of 2018. She was lucky enough to get her April swim on a day where the temperature reached above 20C. The water was still extremely cold but from the shore it looked beautiful and very refreshing.
Autumn has arrived on Gabriola! With that and the changing leaves comes the bustle of the local Craft Fair Season. With the ever increasing number of artists and crafters choosing Gabriola as their home our craft fairs are always getting bigger and better. This weekend is the start with 2 separate Craft fairs spanning 3 buildings. On Saturday, November 18 between 10 am and 3 pm you can visit the Rollo Centre, The Gabriola Commons and the Golf Club to get your fix of holiday shopping and atmosphere. For a full list of happening on Gabriola check out the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce calendar of events here!
We were down at the Community Hall last night rolling out flooring for the dance performance that our girls are performing in this weekend (more on that in the next post) when we saw the beautiful new mural created by Gabriola homegrown artist Hayden Harvey. Make sure you take the time to look at it if you are attending the year end dance showcase by Gabriola Dance this weekend at the Community Hall. Times for the shows are 1:30 pm and 6 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday. The students and teachers have worked so hard this year to bring you this fabulous event with dancers age 4 and up…Don’t miss it!
Admission by donation, all proceeds to the Community Hall Fund.
We are coming up on a fun weekend on Gabriola. Starting Saturday night you can head over to the Surf Lodge for the Blossom Night Market put on by the Arts Council as part of the Isle of the Arts Festival with the Island’s finest art and artisanal wares under sparkling lights! On Sunday you can attend the perfect family event with the Easter Bonnet parade leaving from the Credit Union parking lot at 12:30. The parade, led by the Easter Bunny, will take you to the Commons for the start of the 1 pm Easter Egg Hunt. Don’t be late as the hunt starts exactly at 1 pm and the kids clean up pretty quick.
We have been spending a fair amount of time in Nanaimo these days as our eldest daughter has gymnastics training. Due to that we have spent some time exploring. The latest was a beautiful hike up to Ammonite falls that my 9 year old and I did last weekend. It took us just under 1 1/2 hours round trip and was a very nice trek. This website gives a good explanation of how to get there www.trailpeak.com