On Sunday, May 22, at 1:00, the Gabriola Museum launched its self-guided history tour to celebrate International Museums Week.
The purpose of this week is to emphasize museums as “an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of culture and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples.” The self-guided tour includes 22 signs around Gabriola designating locations of historical and cultural significance.
Gabriola has been home to the Snuneymuxw First Nation, settlers of various backgrounds, Chinese brickyard labourers, and Japanese fishing families. Spanish explorers also visited our shores and a number of place names reflect their influence. The museum’s signs and self-guided tour pay tribute to these many groups and help us to understand their role in our island’s history.
To help you navigate your way around the island and participate in our self-guided history tour, brochures will be available at the Museum.