Protecting the Environment
Protecting our Diverse Ecosystems for future generations
With connecting pathways, open vistas, meditative spaces, and vibrant growing areas, the Gabriola Commons offers the island comunity an opportunity to enjoy nature and to join in the stewardship of threatened species and protected ecosystems.
The Commons is part of the very rare BC Coastal Douglas Fir Moist Maritime Zone and it contains two sensitive ecosystems known respectively as ‘mature forest’ and ‘wetland.”
The seasonal Goodhue Creek and its riparian area nourish a large pond which is part of the largest watershed area on the island.
One key purpose in stewarding the land is to protect and sustain these areas for future generations, both as part of the restful diversity of the area and as a wildlife corridor where plant and animal species build and clean the soil, recycle nutrients, and pollinate nearby crops.
Trails and Greenspaces
Trails run east/west and north/south on the Commons and are well marked.
Walking conditions vary from boardwalk and well used trails to narrow paths with roots and sometimes wet conditions.
Dogs are welcome but please pick up after them and keep them leashed to protect the flora and fauna.