Located only 30 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, Gibsons has all of the advantages of small town living: no traffic jams, low crime rates, preservation of a natural setting, and a community that fits on the landscape. At the same time, we have its urbane, highly educated population and excellent cultural amenities, and we are close to a fabulous city that we may easily visit, but which will never encroach. Many local residents commute to work in downtown Vancouver via ferry from the Gibsons area.
The Town of Gibsons is a very compact municipality of just over four square kilometres and nearly 5,000 residents. It is the commercial and services hub for the geographical area from Port Mellon to Roberts Creek with a population of 13,000 and a land area of over 550 square kilometres. Within its borders are a number of recreational and social amenities. See Recreation Facilities list of websites for more information.
The Town’s commercial area is split between historic Gibsons Landing on the waterfront, and Upper Gibsons just a few blocks away at the top of the escarpment. The civic buildings (town hall, library, health unit and school board offices) are located in the “lower town” while most services (medical centre, schools, recreation centre, shopping malls, light industrial area) are situated along Highway 101 in the “upper town.”
Recognized as one of the world’s most liveable communities (2009 UN LivCom Award – Communities Under 20,000), Gibsons offers a picturesque harbour with a spectacular ocean-rainforest-mountain backdrop, with easy access to year-round outdoor recreation including trail riding and hiking, open-water sports, equestrian eventing, and winter backcountry activities.
|Form||Mayor and Council|
|Number of Elected Officials||5|
|Next election date||October 20, 2018|
|Chief Administrative Officer||Emanuel Machado|
|Total Population||4,605 (2016 Census)|
|Number of Employees||37|
|Neighbourhoods and Official Community Plan||Click here to download PDF: Gibsons OCP, Gibsons Upper Neighbourhood Plan, Gibsons Harbour Area Plan, Gibsons Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan|
|Zoning Maps||Click here to download PDF: 2015 Zoning Map|
|Water||Lower Town: Untreated from Town’s artesian well system; Upper Town: Treated from SCRD Chapman/Gray watershed|
|Sanitary||99% of Town on sewer (exception: properties geographically separated from Town infrastructure)|
|Schools||Gibsons Elementary, Elphinstone Secondary, Gibsons Alternative School|
|Special Events and Attractions||Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival (June), Sea Cavalcade (July), Music in the Landing (June-Sep.), Community Labour Day Picnic (Sep.), Art Crawl (Oct.). See also: Festivals & Events|
In the summer of 2014 the David Suzuki Foundation hailed Gibsons as “the first municipality in North America, and possibly in the world, to consider nature as an asset and give natural assets the same consideration as traditional capital assets.” The Town of Gibsons’ groundbreaking commitment to operate, maintain and replace its natural assets, such as wetlands and forests, just as it does traditional capital assets, such as roads and sidewalks emphasizes that nature comprises its own distinct asset class central to the town’s municipal asset management policy. The Town recognizes that the natural services provided by these systems in the form of rainwater management, flood control and water purification have tangible value to the community equal to that of the engineered infrastructure.
The Town of Gibsons’ pure, unchlorinated and unfluoridated drinking water is mainly supplied by its own aquifer. Its quality was recognized with a 2009 Best Drinking Water award. The Town’s groundwater mapping project also won worldwide attention as a model for resource management.
Gibsons is also a leader in sustainable development, regularly attracting national and international attention for its initiatives. The Town implemented one of the first residential neighbourhood geothermal heating projects in Canada (in Parkland subdivision).
In 2013 the Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority opened a sea plane float and a drive-on concrete float with a commercial grade ramp at the main wharf. This is the first phase of a planned harbour expansion with additional floats and a breakwater which will create opportunities for additional marine services, tourism and retail enterprises.
The Town is served by the newly-built Gibsons Elementary School. Elphinstone Secondary School draws students from the entire Lower Coast with a rich curriculum of academic and technical subjects. Coast TV’s local access television channel broadcasts from Elphinstone, encouraging students to participate in all aspects of program production and jump-starting careers in this growing and competitive field.
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