Gabriola Welcome Wagon


Today we received our Welcome Wagon package and introduction to the Island… So. Much. Stuff.

So I didn’t know that Welcome Wagon was an official thing, but apparently it is and wow does it ever deliver! Everyone we met today was super friendly and helpful in letting us know about Gabriola and what services are available here. Then we were presented with a huge box of gift certificates and products – including a bag of organic groceries in a reusable shopping bag – all for free!!

Included in the basket:

Organic tortilla chips
Chunky Organic Salsa
Paper towels
Biodegradable naturally lemon scented dish detergent
All natural lavender scented all purpose cleaner
Box of Tetley Tea
Bag of hand made granola from The Haven
Small bottle of hand pressed Greek olive oil and a gift certificate for The Black Olive in Victoria, BC
Dog grooming gift certificate and dog treats from Flying Fur!
Wine bottle stopper and gift certificate for a crate of free wine bottles at the Gabriola Wine Cellar
Nail file and a coupon for Isla Bonita Aesthetics
Hair comb and coupon for K Shears Salon
A free pilates class at Arbutus Bluff
Gift certificate for 50 free custom printed business cards at Gallery Press Offset and Digital Printing
Complementary workout at the GYM at Twin Beaches (the flyer also had a staple remover attached with “Exercise: the one staple you don’t remove” on it, ha)
Gift certificate for cistern cleaning from
Free check up on the quality of well water from Withey’s Water Treatment
Complementary consultation on rainwater collection from local professional John Peirce
Tye-dyed hankerchief/bandana from Tied up and Dyed
Gift certificate for Robert’s Place (local breakfast restaurant) and a free handmaid cookie (which I promptly ate)
Free yoga class and pack of saltspring tomatoe seeds from Island of Peace Yoga Centre
Free plant and flower food packet from Turley’s Florist and Specialty Garden Centre in Nanaimo, BC
Free gift coupon from The Village Liquor Store
Gift certificate for a bottle of ibuprofen from Island Pharmacy
Gift certificate and complementary hematite ring from Gold Brick Jewelers
Free mini herbal medicine class, West Coast plant medicine walk, or selection of 3 teas from Herbe Shoppe
Pack of corn seeds
Bar of natural handmade soap and gift certificate for a ATTITUDE cleaner and green building products book
Gift certificate for books at Page’s Resort and Marina (I got a book on Brother XII, more on him later)
Gift certificate and complementary pencil and box cutter from Arbutus Building Supply
Tape measure and gift certificate from Cove Carpentry
Free dog biscuits and package of treats from Raven Feed and Pet Supply
Free plant gift certificate from Wheelbarrow Nursery

And even more that I haven’t listed (pens, notepads, a yo-yo…) Plus maps, bus schedules, garbage and recycling information, a farm directory, information on feral cat rescue, wildlife rescue and so on and so on.


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