Top 10 Picks for Planning Your Stay on Gabriola

Gabriola is just 20-minutes by ferry from Nanaimo or a float plane from Vancouver! Travel to the island is a breeze and we’re here to help you land.

We’ve assembled some of our top picks to help you narrow down where to stay while visiting us. Many of these options share similar features – browse a full list of accommodations here.

Boaters: Silva Bay House Bed and Breakfast

Book a room on Gabriola’s south end with full breakfast and views of the Salish Sea. This B&B offers a private dock in Silva Bay for boaters’ convenience and large deck for guests to enjoy. Hosts Dennis and Carol enjoy sharing their space with guests and recommending things to do!

Not a boater? Land in Silva Bay with Gulf Island Seaplanes with service from Downtown Vancouver Harbour and YVR. 

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Families: The Garden Bed Guesthouse

Experience an organic farm with a private, family-friendly 2-bedroom guesthouse near the ferry and village. Prepare breakfast at your leisure with farm-fresh goodies and find vegetables, eggs, alpaca products, and more, just steps away in the Garden Bed farm stand. 

The Garden Bed Guesthouse is a great choice for families and has a rating of 4.97 stars on AirBnb! 

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“The Garden Bed as always is very comfortable, spacious, clean and convenient. The kids love the yard and animals.” – Trisha

Natural Wonders: The Haven

Explore nearby Malaspina Galleries, Twin Beaches (aka Gabriola Sands), and Haven Woods + Cox Community Park from The Haven’s 7-acre forested campus. Soak in the oceanfront hot tub, explore tide pools, watch the sunset, enjoy onsite bodywork, and more.

Ask about hosting your next performance, retreat, or gathering at the Haven and explore their personal and professional development offerings, 

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“Excellent location: oceanfront and walking distance to the very cool Malaspina Galleries in one direction and Twin Beaches in the other” – Stacey

Year-Round Comfort: WurHere B&B

Keep cozy with heated bathroom floors for the rainy season and enjoy this Gabriola getaway at any time of year. WurHere offers 2 self-contained suites, each with a private entrance and deck from which to enjoy surrounding woodlands. 

This former homestead turned B&B has a long history beginning in the 1950s! 

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Tree Lovers: Arbutus Grove B&B

Enjoy one of 3 spacious rooms – Arbutus, Hemlock, and Grand Fir – each with ensuite bathrooms, private entrance, and forest views. This B&B is surrounded by 10 acres of Gabriola nature plus vegetable and flower gardens for guests’ viewing pleasure. 

Traveling solo or with a group? Breakfast can be served in your private room or together in the common area.

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This was our first time staying at a bed-and-breakfast, so I was a little nervous, but Renay instantly made us feel welcomed and at ease. – J & Family 

Love Local Gabriola: Page’s Inn on Silva Bay

Soak in oceanfront views of Silva Bay, the Flat Top Islands and the Coastal Mountains from your private guest suite at Page’s Inn. Seasonally, you’ll also find Pier Gallery Artist Collective, Fire Truck Grill, and Sunday Market at Silva Bay just steps away. 

Ask about meeting rooms and moorage here and at Page’s Resort & Marina. 

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Self Care: Salish Island Secrets Gabriola

Relax and rejuvenate with a hot tub, sauna, and meditation or movement room on site. This B&B is complete with views of the Salish Sea, king size bed, and mini fridge stocked with breakfast items. 

Looking for a guided practice or session? With notice, these hosts are happy to arrange for a private facilitator to support you in restoring your mind, body, and spirit. 

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South End Hub: Page’s Resort & Marina

Page’s Resort has it all: private cottages, a campground, marina, meeting rooms, kayak and paddle board rentals, and a L’il Market stocked with essentials, local food, products, and gifts, and an assortment of alcoholic beverages. 

Shop local on Gabriola’s south end at Page’s Li’l Market with ingredients from Woodfire Restaurant, Ravenskill Orchards, Island Meat & Deli, and more.

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Private Gatherings: Dragon’s Lodge

Host an oceanfront wedding, family reunion, corporate retreat, or other gathering at the spacious and historic Dragon’s Lodge. Guests can enjoy the great room, games room, kitchen, deck, and stay in the lodge or in one of 11 rustic cabins nestled in the 5-acre woods.

Find available dates and rates and browse photo galleries and testimonials on their website.

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“The setting is spectacular and the lodge was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception dinner. It was so much fun to have our family and friends stay right on the property” – Tim & Shannon

Onsite Food & Drink: Surf Lodge & Pub

Enjoy food, drink, and live entertainment from the pub, dining room, or deck. Stay in a room in the lodge or a private cabin with both pet-free and pet-friendly options. The Surf Lodge also offers a historic event space for parties, performances, meetings and more.

The coastline here (Berry Point / Orlebar Point) is a popular dive site and whale-watching spot! 

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We hope our Top 10 list and full list of local accommodations helps you feel at home on Gabriola! Questions? Come see us at our Visitor Centre Monday through Saturday 9:30am – 3pm; Sunday 10am – 3pm or visit our Market booths: Saturdays at the Agi Hall, 10am – 2pm and Sundays at Silva Bay, 11am – 3pm.

Thank you to local photographers, Jennifer Knight, Logan Moore, Carla Duffey (with thanks to the Rural Island Economic Partnership),