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Gambier Island
Gambier Island is situated in Howe Sound just north of Bowen Island with the east coast of the island located around 15 km (9.5 miles) from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Gambier Island is the largest island in area in Howe Sound and can be plainly seen from the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99, Lions Bay or from near Gibsons at Langdale and Port Mellon.

BC Ferries
To visit Gambier Island you have to take a private boat, float plane, water-taxi or the passenger-only ferry offered by BC Ferries. The ferry leaves from the BC Ferries' terminal at Langdale to the small settlement of New Brighton.

For water-taxi service you can use Gambier Water Taxi out of Gibsons or Mercury Launch & Tug which has a year-round schedule from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Cormorant Marine Water Taxi also offers scheduled service throughout the year on the weekends.

New Brighton
New Brighton is situated on Gambier Island's south-west coastline in Thornbrough Bay and represents the island's main meeting area for the local residents especially with the Gambier Community Centre located there. Besides New Brighton, there are also the smaller settlement areas of Gambier Harbour and West Bay.

Gambier Island Store & Diner
The Gambier Island Store & Diner is the island's only public business and is located in New Brighton right near the public wharf where the passenger-only ferry docks. The store sells limited items including some basic staples and has a small café. Please phone the Gambier Island Store & Diner for varying hours of operation (604) 886-3838, depending upon the season.

A World Apart
Although Gambier Island is situated very close to the larger communities of Bowen Island, West Vancouver, Gibsons and Squamish, it is like a world apart. Rather than the hustle and bustle of a city, Gambier Island offers a nice quiet setting away from vehicular traffic and makes a perfect getaway for boating, hiking or just camping out and looking at the stars.

Gambier Island Trails
The gravel roads on Gambier Island are ideal for quads, small dirt bikes, mountain biking or just plain walking or hiking. Make sure you get an up to date map, follow the directions for the local paths, avoid private property, respect Gambier Island residents, be prepared and hike, walk or bike carefully as there could be unforeseen dangers. Remember the weather could change at any time so expect different trail demands and time requirements.

Mount Artaban
For a beautiful view of Howe Sound and the surrounding landscape, especially the 'Sea to Sky' highway corridor, take a walk up to the top of Mount Artaban. Now part of Gambier Island's first protected nature reserve, there are hikes up Mount Artaban from either Camp Fircom or Halkett Bay Marine Park. The walks are filled with a wide range of viewpoints along the way to the top while protecting and going through sections of old-growth trees and biologically diverse wetlands.

Secluded Bays
Gambier Island is also a great place to explore if you have any kind of boat. On the south side there are three distinct bays called West, Centre and Port Graves. Then, on the south-east side past Hope Point is Halkett Bay, the site of a provincial marine park. With the winds generally flowing out of Howe Sound south from Squamish these distinct bays provide plenty of moorage protection for your boat because of the way they face the south.

Yacht Stations
Several yacht clubs have recognized this fact and have established private moorage docks along the coastal regions on the island. Centre Bay Yacht Station is one of the most prominent and was first purchased in 1962 by businessman Frank Griffith and Alexandra Island which is controlled by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

Nearby Marinas
If you are planning to use a private boat from the 'Sea to Sky' there are a number of marinas along Hwy 99. Sewell's Marina is in Horseshoe Bay, Sunset Marina, Lions Bay Marina and Thunderbird Marina near Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver. From Gibsons Landing there is Hyak Marine Services, Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority and the Gibsons Marina & Chandlery and in Snug Cove on Bowen Island, Bowen Island Marina.

When you happen to be visiting on the island and would like a place to camp out overnight, there is some walk-in wilderness camping found at Douglas Bay and Brigade Bay. Douglas Bay features a small waterfall that is worth the view. You can also find three boat-accessed wilderness campsites at Halkett Bay Provincial Park.

Bible Camps
There are a number of youth camps located on Gambier Island helping to guide people through support, relationship building and biblical teachings of Jesus. Camp Fircom is located on the east side near Halkett Bay while Camp Artaban is in Port Graves Bay and Latona Beach Camp is on the north side near Ekins Point.

Information on Gambier Island




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