Have you seen this missing marker?

Gabriola Museum

Wednesday, December 4 2019

Have you seen it?

The Gabriola Museum is trying to find the historical marker put up at Gabriola Sands Provincial Park, aka Twin Beaches. In September 2018, the museum unveiled a metal plaque that tells how Gabriola got its name. It was firmly screwed into a clearly visible wooden structure at the parking lot for the park. Now it has disappeared. 

Apart from the cost and effort to produce these historical markers around the island, its loss affects us all. If you have any information that can lead to its recovery, please call the RCMP/museum at 250-247-8333 or just drop it off by the museum front door, no questions asked.

This particular marker tells how “In 1792, the Spanish schooners Suril and Mexicana, under the command of Dionisio Galiano and Cayetano Valdes, dropped anchor in Pilot Bay and rowed ashore near Twin Beaches, where they were met by Snuneymuxw people. 

“As well as being the first Europeans to land on Gabriola, Spaniards charted the island’s coastline naming the easternmost point of the island Punta de Gaviola after a Spanish navel official.British mapmakers later mistakenly transcribed the name as Gabriola and applied it to the entire island.”