Transportation on Gabriola

Getting Here & Getting Around

5 km from downtown Nanaimo, most people access Gabriola via BC Ferries
Once you’re here, there are 158 kilometres of roads to walk, cycle and drive.

Transportation to Gabriola Island

Getting Here


BC Ferries runs the ferry between Nanaimo and Gabriola. Foot passengers, bikes and vehicles are all welcome. Find the best times to travel.

Float Plane

Float planes run daily from the south terminal of Vancouver International Airport.

Private Boat

Arriving by boat? We have two marinas and a public wharf to welcome you.

BC Ferries

1-888-BC FERRY (223-3779)


Gulf Island Seaplanes

3383 South Road
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X7 

250-247-9992 (Office)
250-247-9985 (Fax)


Bike Transportation on Gabriola

Getting Around

Share the road

There are no sidewalks or bicycle lanes on the island. Ride or walk single file.   Be aware of narrow road sections, poor road conditions, uneven edges and wildlife.  There’s lots of deer on this island!

E-bikes are welcome and a common sight on the island!

Electric Cars

An electric car charging station is located in the Madrona Marketplace parking lot on North Road.

No businesses found.
boating gabriola


Cruise or sail to the southeast end of Gabriola where there are two marinas with docks, fuel and moorage in Silva Bay, and a public wharf with moorage in Degnen Bay.

Radio either marina on VHF 66A and they will assist you into a slip.

Use charts 3475 or 3443. Latitude 49.149965 and Longitude -123.695662.

Marine Forecast
Tide Chart
Fishing Licence
Fishing Regulations

Island Sails and Rigging

965 Horseshoe Rd.
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3 Canada


Page’s Resort & Marina

3350 Coast Road
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X7 



  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Silva Bay Resort & Marina Ltd.

Something Fishy

1561 Evergreen Road,
Campbell River, British Columbia V9W3S3 Canada


Bus Transportation on Gabriola

Public Transportation

Ride GERTIE, the local community bus service that operates on a limited schedule Monday to Saturday.

Note that only one taxi serves the island; it is best to pre-arrange pickups and drop-offs rather than call when needed. Call 250-247-0049 for schedule and availability.