Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Gabriola Island woos and wins hikers' hearts with its gentle trails, beaches and sumptuous forests.
Hiking trails transport visitors from one end of the island to the other and back. And on Gabriola, there are no bears, no cougars, no kinds of beasties to deliver unruly surprises.
One of the island's most scenic hikes leads to the Malaspina Galleries, a spectacular, overhanging rock formation resembling a 90m/295ft-long, 3.5m/11ft wave frozen in sandstone. The 4km/2.5mi hike begins at the end of Malaspina Drive. Follow the marked access trail to the sandstone point looking across to Nanaimo. Don't walk on the rock overhang above the Galleries; it's dangerous. Follow the sandstone beach for panoramic views. Best time to view the galleries is low tide from spring or fall. And don't forget the camera.