The Brickyard

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Brickyard Beach across from Mudge Island is a park. In the past it was the site of a very productive brickyard. In 1911 the first company to run the brickyard was incorporated, it and subsequent companies ran the brickyard until the early 50’s, but there is evidence that bricks were being made at this site… Read more »

An Old Farmhouse

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This old and abandoned farm house can be easily seen while driving down South Road on Gabriola, and is not far from Gossip Corner where the mail used to come. According to the book ‘The People of Gabriola’ the old homestead was built by James and Jessie Gray in 1896. Here they raised cattle, sheep,… Read more »

Millstone Quarry

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The Millstone Quarry is a small park close to the ferry. Climb an easy path to a pretty view out over Descanso Bay, walk a bit further to a pile of rejected millstones, evidence of a bit of Gabriola’s history. The area above this park has quite a large expanse of exposed sandstone and the… Read more »

Hallowed Ground

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It was a lovely day and as we drove past the cemetery I noticed that the grass had just been cut. This encouraged us to stop for a bit to wander beween the graves, both old and new, and reflect on the past. I had just been reading The People of Gabriola, by June Lewis-Harrison… Read more »

The Early Years

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I have lived on Gabriola Island for 30 years yet I know little of its history, I am endeavoring to change that and intend to use the Gabriola Museum as part of my education. This will be the first of several blogs that are meant to explore Gabriola’s past. During the ice age Gabriola was… Read more »