About the Gabriola CommonsWhere land and people meet
The Gabriola Commons is 26-acres of land and ammenities belonging to the people of Gabriola.
The Gabriola Commons is intended as a source of agricultural, ecological and community well-being.
It is protected in perpetuity for the benefit of the people of Gabriola Island and the land itself.
The Commons features peaceful rural landscapes, rich ecosystems and significant biodiversity.
The property includes connecting pathways, open vistas, meditative spaces, vibrant community gardens, trails, and learning and meeting facilities for the use and enjoyment of Gabriolan individuals or groups. No-one is permitted to live on the land.
Amenities available for use by the community
The buildings that remain from its time as a goat farm have been renovated to new uses. These include:
- Large two-story farmhouse
- upper floor with community meeting rooms
- ground floor leased to community organizations
- solar panels on the roof
- Woodwork shop with an attached pottery space
- Community Kitchen (designated food safe by the Vancouver Island Health Authority)
- Open timberframe structure with roof
- Former goat barn which can be adapted for community arts events
- Equipment shed which doubles to hold a second solar array
Proudly part of the Global Commons Movement
Around the world, commons are being reclaimed by communities, reviving ancient traditions in modern settings, reminding us of an almost forgotten history when the precious resources of a region were managed locally and sustainably.
The Commons offers a renewed and bold re-visioning of how society at the local level can counter the destructive, extractive invasion of land and resources driven by indifferent markets, consumerism, appropriation and commodification.
Commons emerge wherever a beloved landscape in our communities brings people together to protect and preserve it.
The commons consists of working, evolving models of self-provisioning and stewardship that combine the economic and the social, the collective and the personal.