Gabriola’s biggest art event of the year is here – the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Gabriola artists will open their studios and their hearts to visitors from far and wide to share their talents and creativity. There is something for everyone on the Tour – from pottery to paintings, jewellery, photography, sculpture, glassblowing, mixed media, leatherwork, metalwork and more!
This year we are celebrating our 26th year and expecting more than 1,500 visitors – what fun!
When is Studio Tour?
October 8-10th 2022. Studios are open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Thanksgiving Weekend.
What does it cost?
Studio Tour is FREE.
You can tour studios at your own leisure throughout the weekend. Visit as many artists as you’d like – their doors are all open from 10am-5pm.
Who is participating this year?
65 artists, in 56 studios, all members of the Gabriola Arts Council. Learn more about each studio here.
Where is Gabriola Island?
Beautiful Gabriola is only a 20 minute ferry ride away from Nanaimo, BC. Check the Gabriola ferry schedule here. You also have direct access to Gabriola from Vancouver (downtown and YVR South) thanks to Gulf Island seaplanes.
What accommodations are available on Gabriola?
Coming from afar? No worries, we’ve got many great B&Bs and places to stay here on Gabriola. Our friends at the Haven have beautiful oceanfront rooms available for rent.
How do I find the open Studios? Is there a map?
Use this handy digital map to help you plan your route or pick up a brochure at Tour Central. You are welcome to start at any Studio you wish – this is a choose-your-own adventure crawl, so don’t be shy – start wherever you’d like.
Visit Tour Central where you can preview artwork from each of the participating studios. Tour Central is located in the Village, not far from the grocery store. We’ll be upstairs inside Nova Art and Craft Boutique. 575 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3
Tour Central hours:
- Opening Night, Thursday October 6, 7pm-9pm
- Friday October 7th: 10am-5pm
- Saturday October 8th: 10am-5pm
- Sunday October 9th: 10am-5pm
- Monday October 10th: 10am-5pm