Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island. (Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish)

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

Howard, the world’s largest gnome, has found a new home at Galey Farms in Saanich.

Although an exact date hasn’t been set, the iconic Nanoose Bay gnome will be moved down-Island to the family-focused farm as soon as possible.

Bridget Matewish, granddaughter of Ron Hale, the man who built Howard in 1998, said they received a huge amount of interest from people wanting the unique creation. Last week, five finalists were revealed: the White River Resort in Sayward, Treasures, Curios and RV Park in Coombs, the Log Cabin General Store in Parksville, Fast Time Grand Prix in Parksville and Galey Farms in Saanich.

“We were blown away by the response and support for Howard,” Matewish said. “We’ve had people reach out from all across Canada and even a handful of the the States.”

READ MORE: Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

READ MORE: World’s largest gnome needs a new home

Matewish said her and her family ultimately decided on Galey Farms because they felt it had the most longevity and that her grandparents would think it was the best location for Howard.

Rob Galey is thrilled to offer Howard his newest home on the family’s Blenkinsop Road farm.

“I’m absolutely excited,” he said. “I think [Howard’s] going to be so welcomed to the Galey family.”

Galey said his farm is very much family-focused and will see thousands of people visit each day during the fall season when activities start, so Howard will be well-viewed.

“It’s crazy busy, and we’re big in the summertime, too,” Galey said.

Galey plans to put Howard in a spot on the farm that is easily accessible for people to take photos with him. He said Howard will have his own area among other fairytale-inspired pieces like large mushrooms, dragonflies and hummingbirds.

Howard will also receive a full restoration.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Galey said. “We will be giving him a full restoration, everything right down to his frame and get him back to 100 per cent.”

The eight-metre gnome has stood at the Chevron gas station along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay since 1998.

Matewish said representatives from the gas station told her “due to legal reasons” they no longer want the statue on their property.

karly.blats@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

‘Finding Solitude’ film premieres in Tofino and Ucluelet

“This film is about protecting our lands.”

School District 70 proposes new school names, asks for public feedback

Board of education suggests new names for the district and two of its schools

Washout brings delays to drivers heading in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet

West Coast commuters are facing delays Tuesday morning.

Ucluelet’s Royal Marine Search and Rescue team seeking new recruits

“We’re on call for anything and everything on the water.”

Five rescued after boat crashes between Tofino and Ahousaht

“Ahousaht has always been a willing participant to save anyone who is in distress in our territory.”

VIDEO: UBC students offered $1,000 to help with leaving Hong Kong

The university said 31 of its students were attending four universities in Hong Kong

Infants more vulnerable to measles than previously thought: Canadian study

Babies typically don’t receive the measles vaccine until they are 12 months old

Shatner, Obomsawin among 39 inductees to Order of Canada today

Shatner is being given one of Canada’s highest civilian honours for his 60-year career

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

Teacher tells B.C. Supreme Court that student was ‘happy’ to watch smudging ceremony in classroom

Case being heard in Nanaimo over indigenous cultural practice in Port Alberni classroom

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

B.C. mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

South Cariboo driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

Most Read