Welcome to Gabriola Recreation Society

Our goal is to provide you with quality access to recreation on Gabriola Island. We offer a wide variety of recreation programs for all ages, stages and interests.

We’ve tried to make events you’re most interested in easy to find. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try a search by clicking the magnifying glass above at right, or use the search at the bottom of any page.

NEW: We are now accepting e-transfer payments at info@gabriolarecreation.org.
Please be sure to state which program you are sending payment for in the notes area.

Confirmed registration and payment are required 72 hours in advance of a program. Exceptions include drop-in programs, and some workshops. Classes with insufficient registration will be canceled 72 hours prior to start date. See our website for program registration and payment via credit card, through Paypal. See e-transfer details above. Program payments at the office can be made by cash and cheque; please arrange your office visit in advance.

GabRec Access: For local residents on a limited income. Qualified participants can receive up to $100/per program session to subsidize GRS program fees. Apply via our GabRec Access form here, or talk to our co-ordinator directly. Funding is limited; available on a first come, first served basis. Please apply for GabRec Access (GRA) well in advance of a program start, and notify the office of your intent to register and apply GRA to your chosen program, before your registration is confirmed.

Safety Equipment: All participants must wear closed toe shoes.

Cancellations: If GRS has to cancel a program in advance, you will receive a full refund. If the cancellation occurs after the program has started, you will be refunded for the remaining portion of the program.

GRS Instructors: All instructors are required to provide a Police Information Check report before they are allowed to work with vulnerable sectors (such as children and seniors).

Program Changes: Programs and/or program details are subject to change.

Refunds: If you cancel your registration 5 days or more in advance you will receive a refund. Please contact the office to arrange your refund. With less than 5 days notice of a cancellation we will not be able to issue you a refund.

Events offered are always being updated and you should check back regularly to see what new programs are being offered. You can sign-up for our mailing list here.

Events by Age Group

Events by Type

View All Events

Events by default are sorted by date. Click any of the links above to quickly find what you're looking for, or use the site search. You can also view our free events, or events you don't need to register for called drop-in events.

Program Proposals & Instructors Wanted

Program proposals and instructors

The Gabriola Recreation Society is always looking for instructors to teach and lead recreational programs. We are looking for qualified, experienced instructors.

We co-ordinate 4 sessions/year: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall. Programs vary - they can be one-time workshops; a short series of classes; summer camps for kids; or ongoing, weekly classes that can span from 4 weeks to the entire year.

Program Proposal Form

Financial Aid Opportunities

LEAP Financial Aid

L.E.A.P. (Leisure Economic Access Policy), Kidsport, Jumpstart, Federal Tax Credits and Grade 5/Grade 6 Active Living Card and Active Passes are all programs dedicated to help you and your family get out there and take part in community recreation programs. To find out more about any of these programs click here.