Gabriola Museum steps up to buy 19-acre McRae property

Gabriola Museum

Press Release

Wednesday, December 2 2020

Joan Merrifield, Museum President, holds up a sign of gratitude for the late Stan and Maxine McRae, standing on the southern edge of, “the meadow” which is included in the purchase. Sounder Photo Illustration

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Gabriola Museum and Historical Society held November 26th, the members approved borrowing funds to purchase the 19-acre McRae property located on South Road between the Museum and Agi Hall. The purchase of this stunning property provides a much-needed opportunity to expand the Museum’s exhibit space and archives. 

“The excitement from well-wishers urging us to purchase this property has been overwhelming these past couple of weeks,” said Museum Board President Joan Merrifield. 

“We are honoured and so grateful that with buyers regularly overbidding on properties in this over-heated real-estate market, the executor of Stan and Maxine McRae’s estate accepted our list-price offer. It is a beautiful property, featuring 18-acres of forest and moss meadows legally protected by a conservation covenant. We plan to keep the existing, well-used walking trails open for the community.

“And when you think it was 25 years ago the McRae’s generously donated a one-acre parcel of their land to give the Museum a home, it’s a lovely legacy to use our equity in this piece of property to secure a mortgage for the larger property. We are ecstatic, but also a little nervous, because now we have a $300,000 mortgage to pay off!”

Joan added, “We are asking for the community’s support to help us pay off the mortgage, with a deadline of $40,000 needing to be paid by April 1, 2021.”

There is an ad on page 7 of this Sounder which includes a form for donating to help the Museum secure the McRae property. Anyone wishing to donate or give monthly to help make the mortgage payments can also go to the CanadaHelps secure donation portal on the Museum’s website: gabriolamuseum.org