Gabriola Island

Sunrise at Gabriola Island, BC

Amazing sandstone formations and coastal forests await photographers on Gabriola Island. We will visit the Malaspina Gallery and a series of distinctly unique parks and attractions. As part of the Island ecosystem, Gabriola is dotted with Arbutus trees and rare Garry Oaks; it is also home to abundant bird and marine life. Gabriola is also home to dozens of artists. 

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? 

  • A marine environment. We’ll be watching the tide tables and exploring the fascinating sandstone formations that surround the island.
  • A diversity of natural environments for us to explore.
  • To investigate subjects at a deeper level, we will illustrate techniques such as long exposures, camera movement, multiple exposures, night photography and painting with light.
  • Easy access from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Getting to Gabriola Island

From the Vancouver area, two ferries are required. Plan to travel from Tswwassen (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.




Surrounded by beaches, rock formations and a constantly changing sky.
Parks, forests and endless creative options on Gabriola.
Explore the beach in ways you’ve never imagined.
Island life.