Gabriola organizations

Gabriola Island Shore-keepers Association—GISKA

GISKA volunteers work to understand and protect Gabriola’s foreshore and intertidal zone.

Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages—GAFA

GAFA is a grassroots group opposing the establishment of freighter anchorages off Gabriola’s coast

Gabriola Streamkeepers

Gabriola Streamkeepers monitor the fresh water streams, ponds, and wetlands on Gabriola.


Gabriola Lions Club

The Gabriola Lions help GaLTT with many of our projects building trails and boardwalks to improve accessibility. They supply both expert volunteer labour, necessary equipment, and sometimes hotdogs! In particular they have worked for years with GaLTT to control broom infestations in Drumbeg Park.

Gabriola Museum

GaLTT works cooperatively with Gabriola Museum to produce and distribute information about GaLTT’s natural landscape now and through time. We also help them to steward their covenanted McRae property.

BC & international conservation organizations

Nanaimo Area Land Trust—NALT

NALT works to conserve and steward land in the Nanaimo area. NALT co-holds several covenants on Gabriola, some with GaLTT.

Invasive Species Council of BC

This organization is an essential source of up-to-date information and expert advice about the control of invasive plant species in BC.

Land Trust Alliance of BC—LTABC

GaLTT is a member of LTABC and follows its recommended best practices. They hold an annual conference in Victoria where many BC Land Trusts exchange ideas and learn from each other as well as from invited speakers.

Give Green Canada

Give Green Canada works with the LTABC and provides information on gifting for donors and charities.

Georgia Strait Alliance—GSA

GSA works to prevent pollution from entering the Strait of Georgia and inland waters.

The Nature Trust of BC—TNTBC

The Nature Trust of BC “protects the natural riches of the province by building a treasury of wild natural areas that conserve iconic and important species at risk”. They co-own Gabriola’s Coats Marsh Nature Reserve with the RDN.

American Friends of Canadian Conservation—AFCC

AFCC supports cross-border conservation, helping American citizens to protect Canada’s natural heritage through the use of covenants. Their Canadian partners steward the covenanted properties after they have been protected. AFCC was key in placing the covenants on Gabriola’s Robinson Woods and on Link Island.

Government agencies

BC Parks

GaLTT volunteers work with BC Parks to maintain trails and control invasive plants in Drumbeg Park, Sandwell Park, and Gabriola Sands (Twin Beaches).

RDN Parks Department

GaLTT volunteers work with RDN Parks Department to maintain trails, install signage, improve accessibility, and control invasive plants in Gabriola Sands (Twin Beaches), Descanso Bay park and campground, Cox Park, 707 Community Park, and other smaller community parks around Gabriola.

Islands Trust (IT)

Islands Trust is a special purpose government in BC mandated to preserve and protect over 450 Islands, including Gabriola, in the Salish Sea between the Mainland and the southern end of Vancouver Island.

Islands Trust Conservancy (ITC)

Islands Trust Conservancy owns covenanted land on Gabriola, including S’ul-hween-X’Pey (Elder Cedar) Nature Reserve). GaLTT holds management contracts with them to build protective boardwalks over sensitive wetland areas, maintain trails, and control invasive species.

Snuneymuxw First Nation

Unceded Snuneymuxw territory encompasses Gabriola Island. On July 28, 2021, the Snuneymuxw First Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the provincial and federal governments, to advance reconciliation based on the affirmation and implementation of Snuneymuxw Title and Rights. The new MOU includes a commitment to transfer lands acquired by Canada and BC back to Snuneymuxw.