One of Gabriola’s main natural attractions for the past century and a half is the rock formation called the Malaspina Galleries. The sandstone rock along the coastline has been eroded by surf and frost and creates the illusion of walking underneath a frozen wave. The Galleries have been a destination dating back to the Snunéymuxw , who used them for cave burials, day-trippers from Nanaimo who enjoyed picnics under the overhang, teenagers who enjoyed jumping from top of the formation into the water below, and geologists studying rock formations.

More information on The Malaspina Galleries is available in SHALE #9, August 2004 (Gabriola geology special issue) EDITORIAL: Waves in the Malaspina Gallery (not available online) and in

Doe, N.A., The Malaspina Galleries, pp.53–56. SHALE#8, June 2004 as well as in Doe N.A., Malaspina Galleries - what's in a name, pp.12–15


   
Malaspina Galleries c. 1920
Black and white photo of a group of people at the Malaspina Galleries.
Malaspina Galleries, c. 1920
Black and white photo of a group of people at the Malaspina Galleries.
Malaspina Galleries, 1903
Postcard of Malaspina Galleries, including man (standing and perhaps carving something on the wall) and woman (seated), rowboat and Foster's house in the background. Labelled Natural Gallery, Nanaimo, B.C.
Malaspina Galleries
Black and white photo (fading to sepia) of Malaspina Galleries taken from a boat.
Graffiti: "Hairless Joe" "Harvey Murphy" and others that are faded and illegible. No date.
Malaspina Galleries
Black and white photo of Malaspina Galleries looking out to ocean. No date.