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It’s another Thanksgiving weekend not to be missed on Gabriola Island. You'll get a warm welcome into more than 60 studios, which includes 14 new  artists.

Each year more and more artists move to the Isle of the Arts, making Gabriola Island one of the coolest creative hubs around. 

The Thanksgiving Studio Tour helps support the artists working in a variety of mediums: woodworking, glass, textiles, sculptures, paintings and drawings. The bonus is you get to explore this quant and quirky island just 20 minutes away from Nanaimo. 

Bring your car along on the 20 minute BC Ferries ride or jump on the Gabriola bus and enjoy these artists as you explore the "Island of the Arts"

Where And When

Be sure to stop by the the studios on the path less travelled. Just follow the signs on the road, or pick up a brochure which is available in most of the venues and online.

Featured Events

Tour Kick off Soiree 

7-10 p.m.
Tour Central: HIVE emporium
Cost: Free

Meet artists from the Island in a comfortable setting to kick off the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Enjoy a night of dancing, mingling, eating and drinking. The HIVE will be filled with work from local artists and will help you get started on your own self-guided path for the Thanksgiving Studio Tour.

Sewing Gabriola Island

Artists

Here are just a few of the featured artists this year.

  • Trudy Broadley Studio
  • Caroline James Fine Art Studio
  • Tammy Hudgeon Studio
  • Casa Blanca Gallery
  • Gabriola Studio
  • Salt & Silver Jewellery
  • Words & Faces
  • Susan Brooks Glassworks
  • Going with the Wind
  • Silver Bee Studio
  • Ruth McCollum
  • Bob Brinton
  • Ali Hosein Art Studio Gallery
  • Tony Grove Studio
  • Eyes Wide Open Photography
  • Cariboots
  • Modern Bohemian Design
  • Thistle Handmade
  • Stitching for Social Change
  • Brush with Nature
  • Carolyn Bell Art
  • Indian Summer Leather Design
  • 1935 Murray Road
  • Nerissa Layton Studio
  • Karen Cain Studio & Gallery
  • Tim Gambrill Illustration + Design
  • Vintage Sign Projects
  • SpiritSong Studio
  • Delfin Designs
  • Eagle Tree Studio
  • Mindy Joseph
  • Gwen Spinks, The Orange Chicken Art Studio
  • Black Bird Studios

Make sure to get your tour map here and start planning your trip around Gabriola Island.

Map of artists

If You Go

Pick up a snack while checking out the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Did you know Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail and is the gateway to Gabriola Island? If you have time, take a self-guided adventure through the city and sample what the city has to offer. 

Heading to the Nanaimo area? Check out these places to stay.

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