ISSN 1492-6946

"To see a world in a grain of sand"
William Blake: Auguries of Innocence






Created: Dec. 3, 2000
Updated: Jun. 22, 2014
by Documents that Work


Welcome to SHALE, the journal that celebrates and records the rich ecology, history, and pre-history of Gabriola, Mudge, and De Courcy Islands, and the surrounding area of the Strait of Georgia, on the northwest coast of North America.

SHALE is about the people, history, archaeology, geology, palaeontology, natural history, cartography, and oceanography of the area. The journal may contain articles, brief notes, local stories and myths, letters, reviews, and reports. It aims to:

  • invite experts to share their knowledge
  • encourage previously unpublished people (including Snunéymuxw, Chemainus, and Lyackson) with a special interest in the history of Gabriola and its surrounding area to record their memories and tell their stories
  • provide background information for displays in the Gabriola Museum.

Articles about other nearby areas (such as the Strait of Georgia or other Gulf Islands) that provide valuable background information are also welcome.

SHALE has been published by the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society since November 2000. Its editor and major contributor, Nick Doe, stepped down after the publication of Issue 28 in June 2014.

Brief summaries of all the articles published to date are in the back-issues web page. Other pages list the authors and the topics covered.

SHALE final issue: No. 28, June 2014

The Gabriola School District—1872-79, by Barrie Humphrey with Lynda Poulton
The Women's Institute by Janice Power
More wharves in Silva Bay by Phyllis Reeve
The little log church at Silva Bay by E. Joyce White

You can read brief summaries of these and previously published articles in the back-issues web page. Information about SHALE authors may be found in the authors' index page.



How to get SHALE

You can buy the current issue and some back issues at the Museum for $6.00 each (including tax). It is also for sale on Gabriola at Page's Resort & Marina. Copies may also be found at the Gabriola Library.

Mailed copies of any single issue (Nos. 1-28):
  • Canadian addresses: C$7 each
  • USA addresses: C$8 each
  • Outside North America, prices will depend on shipping costs.

Note: some back issues may be out of print.

Send your order, with a cheque to the Gabriola Museum, by mail to:

PO Box 213, Gabriola, BC
email to: or phone: 250-247-9987

Contact the editor of SHALE

If you wish to make a comment about anything you read in the journal, please contact the editor, Nick Doe by email, telephone, or mail.

Nick Doe
1787 El Verano Drive
Gabriola, BC,
Phone: 250-247-7858

Email: nickdoe @