Off the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo. lies Gabriola Island. Gabriola Island is a artisans delight, with many art and craft galleries. There are also many beaches on the island. One location to be sure and visit is the Malaspina Galleries, located near the ferry terminal. The Malaspina Galleries are spectacular displays of eroded sandstone. The wind and waves have eroded the sandstone over many years into fantastic shapes.