Canadian Forest Service Publications
Gabriola Island and neighbouring islands. A landscape analysis. 1977. Oswald, E.T. Government of Canada. Department of the Environment. Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forest Research Centre, Victoria, BC. Information Report BC-X-168.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 3989
Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)
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The intrinsic physical and biological properties pertinent to land use were analyzed on Gabriola Island and the Flat Top and DeCourcy groups, located in the Strait of Georgia. Ten landscape units, plus a designation for water bodies, were depicted on a map. Each landscape unit was described according to its capability to support various land uses. Since the primary purpose of the study was to provide background information for developmental planning, emphasis was placed on factors relevant to residential development. The open space concept can allow a certain amount of residential development, while maintaining aesthetically pleasing habitation and providing recreational activities for residents and visitors. Domestic water supply, especially during the summer, will be a primary factor limiting residential expansion. Gabriola Island has some natural petroglyphs that should be available for public viewing, but safeguarded from vandalism.