Commons Facilities

for rent by the Gabriola Community

Host your event at the Gabriola Commons

Rental fees are minimal to foster use by any not-for-profit groups or individuals. Fees are used defray utility costs.

Commons Bookings Remain ON HOLD

The Commons is currently not taking bookings for the Farmhouse upstairs space.

We are taking this time to assess the current condition of the house upstairs space, its limited capacity and potential long term purposes.

With the exception of the designated and fenced garden areas, outdoor spaces (including the Timberframe) are available for enjoyment and gatherings on a first-come basis at no charge.

If you require further information or have specific questions please contact  bookings[at]gabriolacommons.ca with the subject line ‘more information’.

We look forward to sharing plans in the near future as some new initiatives are explored.

If you have questions about the Community Kitchen, please email kitchen[at]gabriolacommons.ca

The buildings that remain from the Commons’ time as a goat farm have been renovated to new uses. 

Available spaces include:

  •  Large two-story farmhouse
    • upper floor with community meeting rooms
    • ground floor currently leased to a community organization
    • two small kitchens
  • Woodwork shop with an attached pottery space
  • Community Kitchen (designated FoodSafe by the Vancouver Island Health Authority)
  • Open timberframe structure with roof
  • Former goat barn which can be adapted for community arts events

Main House - Large Room

$10/hr or $60/day

Main House - Planning Room

$5/hr or $30/day

Main House - Conversation Room

$5/hr or $30/day

Main House Upstairs Kitchen

$5 flat fee with rental of another room

Poetry Yurt

Timberframe

Community Kitchen

Main House Downstairs Kitchen

$5/hr or $30/day

Main House Downstairs Dining Room

$10/hr or $60/day

Available evenings and weekends

Woodworking Shop

Pottery Space

Please fill out the form below if you would like more information.

Bookings Form

 

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Main House

The large, original farmhouse provides space on the ground floor to People for a Healthy Community (PHC) programs and services and the Gabriola Food Bank.

The upper floor has a large meeting room, two smaller meeting rooms, a  a kitchen and two bathrooms.

Commons teams and various community groups often use these spaces for meetings, workshops and recreation events.

Outbuildings

This property had been farmed for over a century and was a goat farm that produced goat cheese in the 1980s to mid 1990s. The outbuildings have been modified for community use and include:

The original goat barn that is being modified into a perfomance centre; the former cheese factory, now the Community Kitchen; and a workshop that continues to function for woodwork and a small pottery.

Outdoor Spaces

A timberframe structure donated by the Island School of Building Arts was erected in October 2009.  Currently a wall-less building with a living roof, it’s suitable for open air events and displays, such as a small farmers market.

Grassy open areas are available for children’s play and various outdoor gatherings, and the top of a large reservoir is available as an outdoor  performance stage.