Last week, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, so Sarah and I decided to hop on the Nanaimo-Gabriola Ferry for a quick day trip to Gabriola Island. Gabriola is well known for their art and culture so we decided to go explore!
Our first stop was to Folklife Village, the local shopping market. Folklife is home to various shops including clothing, coffee, and groceries. The first shop that we poked our heads in was filled floor to ceiling with cute clothes, funky jewellery, and hand made gifts. There is a coffee shop located on the second floor as well as a gallery filled with art from local artists.
There were so many great things to look at in this store, that the two of us couldn’t decided where to start! It’s definitely worth a second (and maybe third!) trip.
Next, we called in to one of the many farms that Gabriola has to offer. We met the owners, Keith & Martha, who showed us around their orchard while giving us a little lesson on growing apples. Around late August, the public is invited to go pick their own apples and enjoy some of their homemade sweet apple cider! Yum!
Ravenskill Orchards is definitely on our must-return to list for Autumn!
Lastly, we visited the studio and garden of local artist Karen Cain, aptly named Stones Throw Studio & Gallery. She toured us through her studio gallery and her lovely home garden. She taught us a bit about her painting process and what inspires her to create her beautiful pieces.
If you’re interested in meeting Karen and viewing her work, Gabriola Island’s annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour and Festival will take place October 12th-14th, 2013. The festival is a great way to expose yourself to local art while having the opportunity to meet the artists behind the work.
Gabriola is beautiful, and even though it’s only a 20 minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, it beats to its own drum.
~ Sean & Sarah