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The most "untouched" Gulf Islands are those which aren't directly accessible from mainland BC. Access to "Gabe" is via vehicle ferry from downtown Nanaimo; the crossing takes about 25 minutes and runs throughout the day.

Gabriola Island is a huge space with only about 4000 residents, though this number increases during the tourist season. There are amazing parks on the shores and among the hills of this island. And a great community vibe! Imagine the stereotypical Gulf Island hippies and hillbillies of course, but also a lot of happy retired people with money, riding bikes.

Gabriola Island is about the size of Manhattan (but with 0.3% of the population). Compared to Vancouver, It's warm and dry and has more gardening days per year. It has 77 more frost-free days per year than Toronto! As you can imagine, this means GARDENS and farmers markets and tours of galleries and artisans' studios. There's also golf, boating - several marinas and boat launches, as well as good beaches to launch your smaller craft.

Land development policies on Gabriola are more rural, of course. You can't usually build multiple dwelling spaces on a single lot under 2.0 hectares (4.94 acres). Similarly, 2 hectares is usually the smallest that a new lot (created by subdivision) may be. There are many residential lots on the island which are less than one acre, but those were likely created through density transfers and are grandfathered.

The 2023-2024 "Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act" (foreign buyers ban) does NOT apply to Gabriola, which means that non-Canadians ARE allowed to purchase real estate on Gabriola Island.

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Homes & Lots for Sale on Gabriola

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801 Canso Rd, Gabriola Island

$1,249,000

801 Canso Rd, Gabriola Island

3 Beds 4 Baths 1,847 SqFt 45,303 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960089

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

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1059 Pat Burns Ave, Gabriola Island

$939,500

1059 Pat Burns Ave, Gabriola Island

3 Beds 5 Baths 3,392 SqFt 32,670 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960410

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

661 Dogwood Cres, Gabriola Island

$625,000

661 Dogwood Cres, Gabriola Island

1 Bed 1 Bath 725 SqFt 24,394 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960218

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

470 Stephens Rd, Gabriola Island

$689,000

470 Stephens Rd, Gabriola Island

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,350 SqFt 18,296 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960220

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

275 Malaspina Dr, Gabriola Island

$427,500

275 Malaspina Dr, Gabriola Island

2 Beds 1 Bath 789 SqFt 19,167 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960301

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

921 Bertha Ave, Gabriola Island

$1,100,000

921 Bertha Ave, Gabriola Island

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,740 SqFt 217,800 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 958030

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

1223 The Strand Blank, Gabriola Island

$825,000

1223 The Strand Blank, Gabriola Island

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,348 SqFt 19,602 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957977

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

1985 Price Rd, Gabriola Island

$406,000

1985 Price Rd, Gabriola Island

2 Beds 0 Baths 850 SqFt 33,106 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 959410

Real Broker

1250 The Strand Rd, Gabriola Island

$1,525,000

1250 The Strand Rd, Gabriola Island

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,350 SqFt 20,038 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957291

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

1539 Violet Cres, Gabriola Island

$674,500

1539 Violet Cres, Gabriola Island

1 Bed 1 Bath 727 SqFt 22,216 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957696

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1218 Harrison Way, Gabriola Island

$399,000

1218 Harrison Way, Gabriola Island

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 23,959 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 957037

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PK)

636 Balsam St, Gabriola Island

$295,000

636 Balsam St, Gabriola Island

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 17,860 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 957004

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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