The Tour


Few natural surroundings inspire the arts more than the unspoiled, rugged beauty of Texada Island. Whether it's painters capturing on canvas the quiet moods or unparalled scenic vistas, or stone and wood sculptors turning the island's abundant raw materials into one-of-a-kind, sometimes three dimensional works of art, or even beach glass collectors who recycle an already recycled material into colorful creations, Texada has it all.

On July 28 and 29, 2018 the island's artists, artisans and craftspeople will host an art studio tour, showcasing the works they have lovingly hand-produced with great skill and imagination. Twenty artists and groups will be featured in their own studios or in central locations, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The Texada Art Studio Tour will include a fabulous range of fabric arts, stained glass, lapidary and jewellry, beadwork, garden sculptures, photography, stitchery and much more. Throughout the tour, artists will be on hand to discuss their styles and techniques and to share their passion for the arts with visitors.

Guests can travel between studios in their own vehicles, or can take advantage of the Free Studio Tour Bus to pick them up from the ferry and return them there after the tour. Visitors are encouraged to come for both days as there's a lot to see.

Guides for Texada Art Studio Tour are free and include a map of the island with studios clearly marked and descriptions of artists and their work. Starting in July, the guide can be downloaded from this website or can be picked up at That Place on Texada, just up hill from the ferry terminal.

Texada Island

Like a whale basking in the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Texada Island sprawls for 50 kms off the northern Sunshine Coast waiting to be discovered.

A 35-minute ferry ride from Powell River, Texada captures the imagination. It's history dates from the Klondike gold rush days. It's terrain is rugged and pristine, from snow-capped mountains to thick, evergreen forests to tranquil golden sunsets by the sea. It has unique flora and fauna, attracting botanists, scientists and nature-lovers from around the world. It also has unique geology, home to the star poryphyry or famed Texada flower rock.

There are two towns on the island, Gillies Bay and Van Anda, and there's lots to do. Outdoor enthusiasts can find an abundance of trails for walking, hiking and ATVing. There are mountains to climb with amazing scenic views, caves to spelunk and beaches to explore. Camping outdoors is easy at a variety of locations and there are no predatory animals on Texada to worry about.

The creative arts are alive on the island, from theatrical productions to sandcastle competitions. There are many artists, artisans and craftspeople inspired by the local beauty, who often work with local materials to produce their work.

Now it's your turn to come to Texada and be inspired by nature as it's meant to be, without strip malls around every corner. On Texada, you can leave the real world behind. Immerse yourself in the glints of sunshine streaking through the trees and ferns on a summer morning, the cacophany of sounds of ships, birds and life along the seashore or the peaceful quiet of a nature trail with no one else in sight.

Please join us. There are quaint B & Bs to stay in, as well as lodge accommodation and a full-service hotel. Ferries from Westview Terminal at Powell River sail throughout the day. Powell River is accessed by ferry from Little River Terminal at Courtenay/Comox on Vancouver Island and from Earl's Cove at the top of the southern Sunshine Coast.