This summer explore more of the Gulf Islands. Gabriola Island is just off Nanaimo and accessible by a short ferry ride.
Distance: 40km loop
For lots more information and great routes on all the Gulf Islands, pick up a copy of Cycling the Islands by John Crouch
Here’s the route:
– Just off the ferry climb the hill and take first RIGHT on South Road.
– Follow South Road and it’s undulating hills to the eastern end of the island stopping near the United Church near Thompson Road to see the Petroglyphs.
– You can take a side trip to Drumbeg Park or stop at Pages Marina and Silva Bay Resort has a great restaurant and stores.
– Follow North Road heading west along the top of the island taking a side trip to Sandwell Park.
-The Malaspina Galleries are one of the best things to see on the island – follow Taylor Bay Road to Malaspina Drive, park your bike and walk out to the sea-carved rocks.
There are petroglyphs to see – pick up a copy of the Walking Trails Map at the Silva Bay Pub – a bargain for only $3/.