In the late 1860s mail came from Nanaimo by boat or canoe brought as a neighborly gesture. Alexander Shaw signed a contract with the government for mail service on Gabriola in 1884. James Gray was the first postmaster in 1890. In 1935 Thomas Taylor ran the post office out of his home with living quarters… Read more »
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.
This mural, depicting the 18th century Spanish explorer Captain Alexandro Malaspina sketching the Gabriola Island sandstone formation known as Malaspina Galleries, was discovered behind a wall in 1996 during the demolition of the Malaspina Hotel in Nanaimo. The photo shows Cheryle Harrison expertly restoring the mural, which was a crumbling mess, to its former glory…. Read more »
In 1872 when the population of school age children was 15, Gabriola and Mudge Island became part of the newly created Gabriola School District. Land was donated at the site of the present day south end Community Hall and the government funded the building of the first school house on Gabriola. It was 16’x18′ and… Read more »
I think this must be the most often photographed scene on (or from) Gabriola. The construction of the lighthouse was put out to tender in late 1874, the construction was plagued with problems, but was finally declared completed in Aril of 1876, established as a BC lighthouse on June 8, 1876 and first lit up… Read more »