What is it all about!


Cultivate is about cultivating the arts on Gabriola. Cultivate is inclusive and celebrates the opportunity for people to fill their souls with theatre, music, and art. Cultivate is about community and how we share this island in a myriad of ways with each other and visitors from afar. Cultivate is about honouring the incredible space that is the Gabriola Commons and how we have cultivated a partnership over the years.

When you attend Cultivate you will feel the energy in your bones and know you are cultivating too.

If you would like to attend Cultivate, but the tickets are out of reach, not to worry, as we have an inclusivity program. It is completely confidential. Give Carol Fergusson, Executive Director of the Gabriola Arts Council a call at 250-247-7409 Monday – Friday and she will work with you to enjoy the festival. 

Cultivate is for everyone and together we cultivate the arts.

Reconciliation:  A Commitment

Photo: Bill Pope

“Reconciliation not only requires apologies, reparations, the relearning of Canada’s national history, and public commemoration, but also needs real social, political, and economic change … Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.”

~ the truth and reconciliation commission of canada

Gabriola Arts Council is committed to promoting a deeper understanding of our true history, and supporting the path to a new relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples. We acknowledge our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory. As part of GAC’s mandate, we support the resurgence of Indigenous culture and the work of Indigenous artists.

Gabriola Island

Gabriola is a small island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. According to a 2011 study conducted on behalf of Canada Council for the Arts, Gabriola Island ranks sixth across Canada with respect to concentration of artists in the local workforce (5.8% compared to the national average of 0.8%). Those numbers ring true today.

Whether you stroll among the giant cedar trees in the Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey)

Nature Reserve, kayak the beautiful sandstone shores, wonder at the rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, or enjoy a walk along one of the many beaches, Gabriola is rich in natural wonders. This richness is the perfect backdrop for any artist and provides inspiration to many.

Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, BC or a float plane trip from Vancouver to our very own Silva Bay. Come and enjoy what Gabriola has to offer, the creativity of nature and the inspired vision of the many artists who call it home.

To learn more about Gabriola, where to stay, how to get here, and getting around the island, check out the fantastic website created for the Chamber of Commerce.

Please be kind to our beautiful island placed here.

Photo: Bill Pope

The Gabriola Commons

Photo: Bill Pope

The Gabriola Commons is a place where sustainability, community and agriculture meet, featuring 26 acres of peaceful rural landscapes and rich ecosystems with significant biodiversity.

The property includes connecting pathways, open vistas, meditative spaces, vibrant community gardens, learning and meeting facilities for the use and enjoyment of the public.

The Gabriola Commons is a unique and distinct property on Gabriola with zoning that recognizes and enshrines the vision and spirit of a “community commons”.

We’re grateful for the partnership with the Gabriola Commons, and support the vision of a world where we hold resources and culture in common. Please enjoy your time at this special place.

For more information view the Gabriola Commons website.

Gabriola Arts  Council

The Gabriola Arts Council’s mission is to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.

Originally formed as Festival Gabriola Society on April 15, 1997, the organization became the Gabriola Arts Council effective October 19, 2006. We are a not-for-profit society under the Society’s Act, and a charitable organization under the Charities Directorate. We represent a broad section of the arts community on Gabriola. The “Isle of the Arts,” Gabriola is home to more than 200 artists and artisans who contribute to the cultural diversity of the island.

Our central programs include the annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival, the Cultivate Festival of Music, Theatre, and Art and our Healing Power of Arts program. We have collaborated in or contributed to the creation of other arts-related events throughout the years such as poetry, musical performances, workshops and other educational forums. The Council also provides funding for artists through the Gabriola Artist Support Program and works with community groups on a regular basis.

Together we Cultivate the arts. For more information view the GAC website.

Support the Arts

Would you like to make a donation to the work of the Gabriola Arts Council? You can do it online or via CanadaHelps.

The Gabriola Arts Council is a registered charitable organization whose purposes are to support and encourage the development of and engagement with arts and culture on Gabriola Island. We gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all of our Sponsors, Funders and Supporters!

Please contact us for more information.

Gabriola Arts Council Year Round Events

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
Gabriola Healing Power of Art