Gabriola Island Tour

Birds of a Feather’s Zodiac Medline III based in Victoria is available for private charter transport (water taxi) to and from Gabriola Island. We are also available for marine eco-tour charters, or simply boating the west coast.


Gabriola Island came by its name from the Spanish explorers who sailed throught he region in the late 1700’s.  They originally named the southern tip of the island ’Punta de Gaviota’, which devolved into Gaviola and eventually became Gabriola.


Drumbeg Beach

Points of Interest:

The island has become know as ’Petroglyph Island’ due to the immpressive occurance of ancient native stone carvings (50+).  These can be viewed at Jack Point, Lock Bay, Weldwood and, most famously, the orca carving at Degnen Bay.  Inland, behind the United church, is path that leads to more carvings.

The Malaspina Galleries, are a series of limestone rock formations, carved by the surf and frost.  They are found in the Gabriola Sands Provincial Park.  Due to damage from all the tourist traffic, the formations can only be seen from a short distance if you approach them by land.  The best way to see them is by water, as you can get closer without actually coming in contact with them.

On the southern coast is Brickyard Beach, where you can still see some of the old bricks that were made manufactued on the island during the depression.

Gabriola Island has aslo been dubbed the ’Isle of the Arts’.  Like many of the Gulf Islands, there is a large population of artists, artisans and craftepeople, who provide the island with its own unique character as well as a wealth of treasures for you to take home.  These can be found at:

  • Earth, Fire & Tears Pottery
  • Glassworks & Anvil Art
  • Paradise Island Alpaca Farm
  • Illuminati Glassworks
  • Indigo Herons Studio & Gallery
  • Slice of Life Gallery


For a bite to eat, you could try:

  • Raspberry’s Jazz Cafe
  • Silva Bay Resort & Marina
  • Skol Pub
  • Surf Lodge






Baby Orca breached!

The open air market on Salt Spring Island was a unique and fun experience. The arts and crafts stores in Ganges were a delight to discover. We enjoyed the fresh air, the natural scenery and the Dahl’s porpoises along the way. The ride back to Victoria was even more scenic as we boated through the channel and under the old wooden bridge between the Pender Islands. Going home the long way through the San Juans and around the bottom of San Juan Island was an excellent choice. We saw Orcas and a recently born baby orca breach out of the water! The boat is very comfortable and Dieter knows the waters like a seasoned mariner. We really appreciated having the zodiac all to ourselves and not being on any schedule. This was the best trip to Victoria ever! See you again next year for another adventure.