Gabriola Island

GABRIOLA ISLAND  () , 58 sq km, is one of the GULF ISLANDS in GEORGIA STRAIT, opposite NANAIMO. It was visited in 1792 by the Spanish explorers ALCALÁ-GALIANO and VALDÉS, and the name apparently derives from the Spanish word for "seagull." The SNUNEYMUXW (Nanaimo) First Nation had a village here. The earliest settlers were miners from the Nanaimo coalfields (see COAL MINING, VANCOUVER ISLAND) who wanted land to farm. For several decades a...

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