Discover Gabriola Island

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gabriola Gumshoe. Back by popular demand.

Sunday, September 14 4:00 pm

Darien Edgeler recently performed to a very impressed audience at the Gabriola Theatre Festival.  We heard so many rave revues about his performance, that we decided to join forces with him and sponsor another performance.  He's busy preparing for his upcoming performance, we're hoping to see you there enjoying a few laughs!

Here's the blurb from his performance about the Theatre Festival, so that you know what it's all about.

It’s 2025. Gabriola’s first and only Starbucks goes up in flames a mere two days after its much-ballyhooed grand opening. It falls to Nanaimo’s last remaining private detective to investigate the inferno. Join Trent Trowel as he hits the mean streets of Folklife Village and encounters a colourful cast of characters including Monique the impossibly perky barista, Joel the ├╝ber-chill delivery driver, Adrian the hothead activist, and neighbourhood busybody Mrs. McRobertson. By turns touching and hilarious, and featuring thoughtful insights into issues as far-ranging as pipeline construction and cuts to ferry service, Gabriola Gumshoe is one show you won’t want to miss!

Written and Performed by Darien Edgeler (Gabriola Island, BC)Rated: Family Friendly | Length: 60 minutes, no intermission

“Darien Edgeler is superb. He has a real ear for dialogue. And, as a performer, his charismatic physicality is reminiscent of a young Michael J. Fox.” —North Shore News
“Darien is impressively watchable on stage, particularly in mountings of his own work.” —Bard on The Beach veteran Dean Paul Gibson, honouring Edgeler with his fifth Theatre BC acting accolade
Darien Edgeler is an award-winning playwright, thespian, director, dramaturge, producer, improv instructor, event MC, voiceover artist, fight arranger, and stage combat coach. Gabriolans may remember seeing Darien in The Exquisite Hour at The Rollo Centre, in The Malcolm Lowry Project at The Haven’s  Phoenix Auditorium, or in his highly acclaimed comedy, Master & Mistress, at The Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art in the Office.

The artwork of Mary Jane Jessen

We are fortunate to be working in the office today, the artwork of Gabriola's own Mary Jane Jessen is going up on our walls (at Coast Realty) and it looks stunning!  The captivating images of spawning salmon are timed perfectly as we are nearing September.  If you'd like to view these images, stop by the office at #1-575 North Road.  To find out more about the artist, visit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beach Quest : Discovering Gabriola's Marine Life

Explore 5 of the beaches on Gabriola with STU, a Black Oystercatcher, who leads us through this beautifully illustrated book produced by the Gabriola Historical & Museum Society.  This compact book is full of information, tips and gives interesting ideas for turning your walk into a treasure hunt for local marine life.  You'll enjoy the detailed maps of Taylor Bay, Descanso Bay, Brickyard Beach, Silva Bay and Drumbeg in this book, indicating where to find the marine life when you get to the beach.  If you'd like to purchase one of these local books, you'll find them at the Gabriola Museum for $15.
We'd also like to thank the volunteers that created this stunning book: Carroll Hodge, April Vannini, Edith Krauss, Devon Featherstone, Nancy Boyes, Jeffrey James, Ken Cripps, Sandie Hankewich, Lindsay Richards, Charleen Wells, Bill Cornish & Cec Ashley.

BONUS!  We've just added a copy to our little Lynch library on the Gabriola Ferry hill today (Aug.20 2014)

Monday, August 4, 2014

There's fun in the Trunk!

The organizers of the Gabriola Theatre Festival have been working hard to create an amazing event and would love a good turnout for the kids day that they have planned (Sat, Aug 16). Specifically, the show/musical on the Saturday morning, Trunk! They say it is really quality fun and they want to make sure as many kids get to see it as possible.
The age range is suited for kids 3-12, but enjoyed by all ages!
Trunk! is a family show — all tickets are $10.
Here’s what the organizers have said, “I really loved it because the cast is so talented, and musicals are so inspiring, so I'm sure the parents will as well :) Kerploding Theatre is really excited to be coming to Gabriola"
Here's a link for more info:
We're looking forward to seeing the entertainment in the Trunk!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Slaying the BRICKYARD beast.

If you've ever cycled around Gabriola, you'll be familiar with Brickyard hill, if you rode up it, you'll know the hill that I'm talking about.  In honor of this hill, Islanders have created one of the toughest 10km road races in Canada, The BRICKYARD BEAST, quite the sunday morning challenge. 
It is fun(!?!) and a well planned event, there is a strict code of silence while climbing the beast (until you catch your breathe) and a great station at the Gabriola Golf Course, where you can enjoy a simple cool down as the Island kids spray you with their water guns.  When you get to the finish line, you'll be greeted by spectators and  you can soak up some community spirit at the Commons, where there is an after party- complete with pizza and music.
There is still time to register, so throw on those runners, stick on a smile and head to the hill - I'll see you there, on my second beast slayer run, if I'm not talking - I'm just trying to get my breathe!

Submitted by Tina.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coast Realty Gabriola. Your local Co.

We recently reviewed the stats and we're really pleased that Coast Realty Group participates in such a high percentage of Real Estate sales on Gabriola, a continuing trend since 2000.  We work, engage, and live in this community, so having Islanders (& newcomers) choose to work with a local company means a lot to us, and is very much appreciated ! 
If you'd like to know what your home is worth, send us (the Lynch group) an email or phone us and we'll come by and do a market evaluation and show you the current trends.
If you're considering a move to the Island, let us know, we'd like to share our enthusiasm for island living and make the transition to your new home a positive experience.  We'll handle all the details professionally, from gathering information, showing you homes, preparing an offer all the way to delivering you the key.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gabriola Scooters : The MS Cowichan Valley Grape Escape

We've just completed a great weekend at the MS Cowichan Valley Grape Escape with 6 members from Gabriola, together the "Gabriola Scooters" raised over $7633.  This was a lot of fun, a variety of routes to choose from, a beautiful campus to stay at, well organized and there were plenty of wine tasting opportunities. The bike ride started at 10am on Saturday, we rode for about 10 minutes and came to our first winery, from there on, we would ride to the next winery (usually a 6-8km distance) and sample another glass or two.  It was easy to purchase wine along the way, as you would make your wine selection and they would deliver it to the dorm for the end of the day.  The dinner at Shawnigan Lake School was delicious and the dorm rooms were immaculate, a really stunning setting.  On Sunday we were back on our bikes at 9am to hit the pavement to a few more wineries.  This is sure to be an annual event for us, we hope you can join us next year!