Gabriola Island

Amazing sandstone waterfront formations and windswept coastal forests beckon photographers to Gabriola Island. The photographic potential of the Malaspina Gallery, a uniquely coloured sandstone tunnel, is mesmerizing. Gabriola is dotted with beautiful Arbutus trees and rare Garry Oaks; it is also home to abundant bird and marine life. Our exploration of the island will include elements of all of these, all within a short distance. It’s no wonder that dozens of artists choose to make their homes on Gabriola. 

The Haven”, a popular retreat centre, is our workshop base. Its many acres are right on the beach, with very comfortable accommodations, dining and even a gym, pool and oceanfront hot tub! All private rooms have their own bathrooms. Double occupancy rooms have two beds and its own bathroom.

Why have a photography workshop on Gabriola Island? 

The images and testimonials of our clients over the past three years have confirmed why we chose Gabriola Island and its oceanside retreat centre as the location for this photographic workshop. Its beautiful and diverse marine environment is an inspirational setting to explore creative expression.

Getting to Gabriola Island

Access is easy and straight forward.

From the Vancouver area, two ferries are required. The first, is to travel from Tsawwassen (to Duke Point) or from Horseshoe Bay (to Nanaimo).

The second ferry takes you from the Nanaimo harbour to Gabriola Island.  Check the BC Ferries schedules to coordinate the two sailings.


Lighthouses near Gabriola Island
movement of waves on shore
Gabriola seascapes are colourful
totem carving looks to the sky
Trees and forests on Gabriola Island
Impressionistic view of trees in forest
Sailing near Gabriola Island
sandstone beaches and dramatic sky on Gabiola Island